Welcome to week two of the “Twitter Reacts” blog. As you are no doubt aware, there were some pretty big football games over the weekend. In the AFC championship game, the Patriots defeated the Jaguars – much to the annoyance of every non-Patriots fan around the world. In the NFC, the Eagles smoked the Vikings and earned their first trip to the Superbowl since 2004. Let’s look at how Twitter reacted to the championship games.
When you wake up and remember the Patriots are in the Super Bowl again … pic.twitter.com/rXgF1mCS8e
— Alex Gelhar (@AlexGelhar) January 22, 2018
It’s safe to say most NFL fans were unhappy that the Patriots once again won the AFC and will play in the Super Bowl. Be it because of accusations of cheating, questionable officiating, or dynasty fatigue, most people simply hate the Patriots. It is no surprise then that twitter was on fire with fans blaming the refs and generally just being very angry.
The majority of the annoyance seemed to stem from a couple of crucial referee errors that went the Patriots way. Naturally, memes everywhere started popping up about the refs’ relationship with New England.
Refs walking into the patriots locker room rn pic.twitter.com/mMzUfcjMy9
— Naser Music (@ElGuapoBruh) January 21, 2018
Refs really out here celebrating with the patriots pic.twitter.com/ueOMxe8Jft
— J (@Jordanisfacts) January 21, 2018
Good win last night boys, really put in some good work. I guess congrats to the @Patriots too
— Pats for Life (@PatsRefs) January 22, 2018
Twitter definitely had fun at the expense of the refs, but the real winner of the evening was Hardee’s official account which demonstrated incredibly effective social marketing with this tweet:
We just want someone that looks at us the way the refs look at the Patriots
— Hardee's (@Hardees) January 22, 2018
The tweet was not only timely, but very funny. Well done, Hardee’s.
Before we finish, let’s check in on how the Eagles fans are celebrating their huge victory of the Vikings:
Put this Eagles fan in the concussion protocol pic.twitter.com/Zr6Y79pqrk
— NOT_SCTop10 (@NOTSCTop10PIays) January 22, 2018