Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery’s drop vs. Saints was his first career playoff drop
Earlier in the year, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery said he had the best hands in the league. Up until Sunday, his point may have actually held some weight.
Going into the Eagles’ Divisional Round matchup with the New Orleans Saints, Jeffery had never dropped a pass in the playoffs:
— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) January 14, 2019
Of course, it was a very small sample size, as Jeffery had only played in four postseason games up until that point, but it was still a relatively impressive feat.
But, that all came to a screeching halt on Sunday night, when Jeffery saw a Nick Foles pass go through his hands and into the arms of Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore in the fourth quarter, effectively ending the Eagles’ season.
Jeffery ended up with five catches for 63 yards in the loss.
He was despondent afterward, taking responsibility for the defeat in spite of the fact that he was playing through cracked ribs.
Regardless of how poorly Jeffery feels right now, this loss was not his fault.
Philadelphia 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 score an early touchdown and then adding another to grab a two-score edge.
However, from that point on, the Eagles did not score another point and watched New Orleans reel off 20 unanswered points to come away with a 20-14 win.
Jeffery just completed his second season in Philadelphia, with his inaugural year ending in the franchise’s first-ever Super Bowl title last February.