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'I let the city of Philadelphia down' - Eagles WR Jeffery on crucial drop against Saints

69   //    14 Jan 2019, 09:18 IST
Alshon Jeffery

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery said he let his team and the city down after dropping a catch in Sunday's playoff defeat to the New Orleans Saints.

Jeffery let a pass from Eagles quarterback Nick Foles slip through his hands with just under two minutes remaining and Philadelphia trailing New Orleans by seven points in their NFC divisional round matchup.

Saints defensive back Marshon Lattimore ended up picking off the ball to seal a 20-14 win for New Orleans over the Super Bowl champions.

"I let my team-mates down," Jeffery told reporters. "I let the city of Philadelphia down. That's on me. We'll be back next year for sure. … One play don't define me. I mean, all of the greats, they have missed game-winning shots. 

"So, it happens. It's part of football. I just hated the way it happened in the playoffs and it was the final moment."

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said he told Jeffery to "keep his head up" after the game in New Orleans.

"It's hard. I mean, it's really hard because he's so down," Pederson said. "But for me, it's about staying positive. Listen, he's made many, many big catches for us this season and he will continue to do that. ... Don't let one play define you. It's not who he is. He's too good of a player. He'll embrace it obviously and he'll be better for it.”

Jeffery, a seven-year veteran, caught five passes for 63 yards in the loss. He finished the regular season with 843 receiving yards and six scores in 13 games.