The Philadelphia Eagles narrowly escaped their second loss in a row on Sunday, scoring a touchdown with 1:20 to play to beat the Indianapolis Colts 17-16.
But the close call didn't dampen second-year head coach Nick Sirianni's enthusiasm as his team sealed the victory.
Video has emerged on social media of Sirianni sending a message to Colts fans as the Eagles took a knee to end the game.
Sirianni walked to the edge of the stands and yelled "that s--t was for Frank Reich!"
Sirianni, of course, was referring to the Colts' firing of their head coach midway through this season. The Colts made headlines when they replaced Reich, who went 40-33-1 during five seasons in Indianapolis, with former center Jeff Saturday, who had no coaching experience at the college or NFL level.
Talking heads around the NFL have expressed outrage with the Colts' hire of Saturday. But Sirianni has a more personal stake in the matter.
Prior to being hired by the Eagles, Sirianni spent three seasons as the Colts' offensive coordinator while Reich was the head coach.
Sirianni, who had downplayed the matchup against Reich's former team prior to Sunday, admitted in his postgame press conference that he was motivated by the opportunity to beat the team that fired his mentor.
“I’m emotional because I love Frank Reich, I really do,” Sirianni said, according to the Indianapolis Star. “He’s one of the best damn coaches I’ve ever been around. I was hoping he and I would be able to coach against each other in this game. … You don’t want to know what I think if he should be here or not, but you guys can probably imagine what I really think.”
While Sirianni might believe Reich got a raw deal in Indianapolis, it's hard to argue that the Colts have not shown signs of life since Saturday took over.
They beat the Las Vegas Raiders in his debut and pushed the 9-1 Eagles to the brink Sunday, leading 13-3 at the start of the fourth quarter.
Sirianni will now turn his attention to a primetime matchup against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football.