NEW ORLEANS — Receiver Alshon Jeffery took accountability for the Philadelphia Eagles’ divisional-round loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday following a dropped cross late within the sport that led to a important interception.
“That is on me. I am going to take that loss. It is on me,” he stated. “I let my teammates down, town of Philadelphia, that is on me. I am going to take that.”
The Eagles had new life after a missed discipline aim by Saints kicker Wil Lutz and obtained the ball again with simply lower than three minutes remaining and trailing by six. They moved deep into Saints territory following Nick Foles’ 16-yard completion to Zach Ertz and a roughing the passer name. Their fortunes shifted on second-and-10 from the New Orleans 27-yard line, although, when Foles’ quick cross for Jeffery went by way of the receiver’s fingers and was intercepted by Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore.
Nick Foles flashed some of his magic from 2017, however he could not duplicate the Tremendous Bowl feat as accidents damage the Eagles all season.
The New Orleans Saints obtained two landing passes from Drew Brees, two interceptions by Marcus Lattimore, and rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 20-14 Sunday to advance to the NFC championship sport.
Jeffery lay face down on the turf for a second earlier than heading to the sidelines, the place he watched half of the Saints’ game-sealing drive together with his fingers on his helmet. Teammates took turns consoling Jeffery, telling him that the late-season surge and final yr’s Tremendous Bowl run would not be doable with out him.
“He is one of the most effective gamers on this soccer crew. That sport wasn’t determined by that play, primary,” tight finish Zach Ertz stated. “Two, we would not change the play name. And three, we’re not on this state of affairs with out him. That is the underside line. He’s one of the most effective receivers within the league. There aren’t many guys who’re ready to make performs frequently like he does. Does he catch that ball 99 instances out of 100? Yeah. [Does he catch it] 999,999 out of 1,000,000? Yeah. It is robust to finish like that however he ought to know that play did not determine this sport.”
It was solely Jeffery’s third drop of the season.
In accordance to proper deal with Lane Johnson, Jeffery has been taking part in the season by way of damaged ribs. Final season, he performed by way of a torn rotator cuff.
“There’s no one that works tougher. The man has damaged ribs and toughed it out for his teammates. He would not have to say nothing. We had loads of alternatives to win this sport. It is not one man’s fault.”
The Eagles jumped up 14-Zero on New Orleans with touchdowns on their first two possessions, however had been blanked the remainder of the best way. Jeffery led all Philly receivers with 5 catches for 63 yards. He completed second on the crew behind Ertz in catches (65), receiving yards (843) and receiving touchdowns (6) throughout the common season.
“It occurs to the most effective of us,” Jeffery stated of the drop. “We transfer on. It hurts proper now, however I assure you we’ll be again subsequent yr, for positive.”