Alshon Jeffery: The loss is on me

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A lot of things happened on the way from the Eagles taking a 14-0 lead to the Saints moving ahead 20-14, but the Eagles still found themselves with a chance to move back in front late in the fourth quarter.

They were driving in Saints territory after Wil Lutz missed a field goal, but any hopes for continuing their run another week died when a Nick Foles pass went through Alshon Jeffery‘s hands and into the waiting mitts of cornerback Marshon Lattimore.

“That’s on me. I’ll take that loss. It’s on me,” Jeffery said, via ESPN.com. “I let my teammates down, the city of Philadelphia, that’s on me. I’ll take that.”

Jeffery’s teammates disagreed with that assessment. Tight end Zach Ertz said that the team wouldn’t have been in that spot without Jeffery and that the wideout “should know that play didn’t decide this game.” Jeffery’s been around long enough to know that’s the case, but painful endings lead to unhappy conclusions right after a loss goes into the books.

21 responses to “Alshon Jeffery: The loss is on me

  1. Ertz is right, and I seriously dislike when (fans) people think games are decided on one play, even when it is a missed field goal. They play 60 minutes of football, both good and bad, and it is in that 60 minutes all teams have an ample chance to get it right. The last minute drives are exciting, and we all love them. But one play does not a game make.

    Easy on yourself there Alshon. Eagles wouldn’t have been that close if not for you.

  2. The Eagles scored 0 points after their first 2 possessions and their defense couldn’t get the stops they needed… while it sucks I definitely wouldn’t chalk this loss up to one play.

  3. Fans and media types routinely like to pronounce definitively that a play “won the game” or “cost us the game.” Football is a team sport and the effort, whether ending in victory or defeat, is a shared one. Mr. Jeffery, I understand you feel bad at making a misplay that had significant negative repercussions in your playoff game, but it’s just as wrong for you to put the blame on yourself for your defeat to the Saints as it is wrong to accept all the credit should you have won. There are many, many plays in any game. Oh, by the way, the Saints deserve some credit in the outcome of this game, too. Better luck to you and your teammates next year, Mr. Jeffery.

  4. Jeffery is right. If he personally ran at the speed of sound and pulled in all of Foles’ errant throws and played CB as well then the Eagles would have won.

    It was freaky that the moment the Eagles moved off the pre-game script the game changed. Did Sean Payton adapt and the Eagles coaches didn’t?

  5. “Jeffery is right. If he personally ran at the speed of sound and pulled in all of Foles’ errant throws and played CB as well then the Eagles would have won.”

    Since when is a throw directly to the hands errant? Jeffery should have caught that, anyone should have caught that, stop making excuses. This is just karma for an obnoxious fan base and Jeffery from their previous week behavior. What goes around comes around.

  6. There was an interview with Tate, Agholar & Jeffery yesterday before the game on one of the t.v. networks & the interviewer asked all 3 who had the best hands & they all said Jeffery……….i guess not eh….bye Eagles bye!

  7. Alshon played his heart out and made some very nice grabs all with fractured ribs (a lot of people didn’t even know that) Alshon didn’t lose that game in fact he kept us in it !! Injuries just kept mounting up all year then losing ALL PRO RG Brooks, Graham, Cox on and off and Peters not to mention 11 starters and and 4 of their original 5 top DBs for the year lost them the game. Nobody in Philly is blaming you Alshon! Nothing but love and respect for him..

  8. I have tons of respect for Jeffery after how he has handled this situation. I bet his Eagles teammates don’t feel this way. In fact, one could say they were only in this position because of all the plays he made for the Eagles throughout the season.

    Hopefully Philly fans will cut him some slack instead of running the guy out of town.

  9. Wrong…if he makes that catch its first and 10 from the Saints 20 yard line with plenty of time on the clock…everything was in place for a magical St Nick comeback, until Jeffery missed a relatively routine catch, right through his hands.
    So IMO, yes…you did lose the game single handedly (or shall I say both hands)

  10. I agree. The loss is on him and at least he admits the obvious!

    But, we all make mistakes. None of us are perfect but it was a painful way to end the game.

  11. 1st drop in 35 playoff targets. I can take that. Bet he doesn’t go on a sympathy tour like Parkey though.

  12. Could not have happened to a better person. Karma sucks eh Alshon “Soft Tissue” Jeffery? You wave goodbye and now we wave goodbye! Oh, and nice try in trying to have him save face by saying he has broken ribs but he wasn’t on the injury report? Enjoy Soft Tissur for the next couple years Philly!

  13. We don’t know if the Eagles would have scored, and even if they did, Brees might have scored again. We’ll never know. #17 made plays all year and helped them get to the playoffs. Nobody played perfect football. I’ve seen Jerry Rice drop passes. It happens.

  14. Alford had nothing to be ashamed of (and this from a Saints fan).. it happens, you just hate when it happens on the biggest stage. (sort of like the Minnesota Miracle last year that went against the Saints)

    Heck, the biggest issue was when Fletcher Cox went out for a while.. you could just see the Saints kinda get a twinkle of a “we can do this” moment.

  15. trubiskyisworsethanCutlerandwillalwaysbeinjured....I trolled you so much you changed your display name to mine. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. says:

    charliecharger says:
    January 14, 2019 at 11:53 am

    We don’t know if the Eagles would have scored, and even if they did, Brees might have scored again. We’ll never know. #17 made plays all year and helped them get to the playoffs. Nobody played perfect football. I’ve seen Jerry Rice drop passes. It happens.

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    We’ve seen people miss Field Goals too, like last week…… Stop burying the truth, that was solid throw that my grandma could have caught! Jeffery let it go right through his hands and he knew it immediately just like everyone watching that game! Jeffery 100% ended the Eagles chance to win, just like Cody Parkey’s missed FG last week.

  16. Laughable that posters mention his “soft tissue injuries. Jefferys played with a separated shoulder last year at a high level and cracked ribs on the final drive. Funny how the Bears fans bad mouth him for firing back at the Nears fans for being soft a waste, etc, Wouldn’t you?!! It’s hypocritical.

  17. Yet, no one talks about the perfect pass Agholar didn’t see come close to gracing his hands as he split the corner and safety, while in stride. Would have been an easy TD, or close to it.

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