Many households across the five boroughs of New York City -- particularly those who swear their allegiance to the New York Giants -- watched and seethed as the Philadelphia Eagles triumphed 28-7 to win the NFC Championship Game and earn the right to play in Super Bowl LVII. And to make matters worse, one of the great landmarks of the city has gone turncoat in celebration of yet another trip to the Super Bowl for the neighboring city down Interstate 95.
After the Eagles' win in the NFC Championship Game, the Empire State Building lit up in Eagles colors in celebration -- much to the chagrin of many New Yorkers who replied to the picture from the building's official Twitter account.
Fly @Eagles Fly! We’re going Green and White in honor of the Eagles NFC Championship Victory. pic.twitter.com/RNiwbCIkt7— Empire State Building (@EmpireStateBldg) January 29, 2023
During Monday's appearance on CNN This Morning, New York Mayor Eric Adams agreed that the Eagles' colors decision was not a good one.
"That got away from us the way the Eagles game got away from us with the Giants. We should have -- we should have lit up in real symbolism the colors of the Giants. That blue should have been there," he said.
"Unfortunately, someone did not get the memo at the Empire State Building. But we want to see good sportsmanship. The Giants will be back next year and the Jets will be back. We'll be excited when they rebuild their teams."
The Empire State Building lighting up in Eagles colors only twisted the knife further for many New Yorkers, as the Giants and Eagles have long been mortal enemies. And over the past decade, the Eagles have delighted in torturing the Giants, including in last week's NFC Divisional Round when Philadelphia demolished the Giants 38-7 to complete a season sweep and snuff out their playoff run.
The Giants, meanwhile, have only beaten the Eagles twice since 2017 and have not won a game in Philadelphia since 2013.