Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery takes blame for loss to Saints
The Philadelphia Eagles’ season ended on Sunday night when wide receiver Alshon Jeffery had a pass go through his hands and into the waiting arms of New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore, preserving a 20-14 win for the Saints in their Divisional Round matchup.
Jeffery, who, earlier in the season, claimed to have the best hands in the league, was devastated afterward and had to be consoled by head coach Doug Pederson and quarterback Nick Foles on the sideline.
Then, after the game, Jeffery put the loss squarely on his own shoulders:
“That’s on me. I’ll take that loss. It’s on me,” he said, according to Tim McManus of ESPN.com. “I let my teammates down, the city of Philadelphia, that’s on me. I’ll take that.”
Jeffery also made a promise that the Eagles would be back next year:
“It happens to the best of us,” Jeffery said of the drop. “We move on. It hurts right now, but I guarantee you we’ll be back next year, for sure.”
To be fair to Jeffery, his drop was not the reason why Philadelphia lost the game.
The Eagles actually jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, taking advantage of a Drew Brees interception on the first drive of the game to set up their first touchdown.
However, Philly’s offense then stalled for the remainder of the game, allowing the Saints to reel off 20 unanswered points to come away with the victory.
Jeffery hauled in five receptions for 63 yards in the loss.