PHILADELPHIA — Atlanta Falcons large receiver Julio Jones made no excuses for not developing with what would have been the game-winning catch within the last moments of Saturday’s 15-10 divisional playoff loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
With the ball on the Eagles’ 2-yard line, Jones, coated by cornerback Jalen Mills on the play, slipped to the bottom and appeared to take a push from Mills. He nonetheless was capable of get to his ft and virtually make a play on Matt Ryan’s floating go on fourth-and-goal.
“It was only a sprintout, a rollout to me,” Jones stated. “Attempting to reap the benefits of one-on-one [coverage] down there.
“I do not know, however on the finish of the day, I could make these performs. I ended up on the bottom once I got here out of my route. And that is a tricky name [for the official] to make throughout that scenario within the recreation. That was it.”
Jones, the Falcons’ main receiver this season, had 4 landing receptions in 16 regular-season video games and two playoff contests. In line with ESPN Stats & Info, Ryan went 1-of-18 (6 %) on passes to Jones ultimately zone this season, after going Three-of-Eight on these passes final season.
Ryan defined Saturday’s last play from his vantage level.
“That is a play we apply on a regular basis, and definitely in these conditions you go to your finest participant,” Ryan stated. “Clearly, roll to the precise and have a chance to Julio. It simply did not work out and that is disappointing. That is the life you reside as a competitor — once you get in these conditions, you need the ball in your hand. I feel it was a proper name. I feel we had the precise gamers in thoughts on the proper time — and we simply fell somewhat bit brief.”
Eagles safeties Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod stated they recognized the play earlier than the snap primarily based on formation. They alerted the remainder of defenders, together with Mills, who stated he knew Jones was coming his method.
“They communicated all the best way from [Ronald] Darby’s aspect to my aspect,” Mills stated. “You’ll be able to’t do nothing however be grateful for having these veteran safeties which are capable of ID formations.”
Mentioned McLeod: “It was proper hash. That is form of quite a lot of groups’ tendency, is to dash out, and as quickly as I noticed the tight finish come over I used to be like, ‘There it’s.’ That is the whole lot you dream of as a participant. You do your examine, you do your making ready, they usually come out and run the an identical play, and the blokes did a very good job of stopping it, man.”
Falcons coach Dan Quinn did not seem to have an issue with the fourth-down playcall by offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian. Quinn was requested if he was assured Ryan and Jones might execute the play.
“Rattling proper. Completely,” he stated. “We’re giving our photographs to Matt and Julio to go for it and win the sport. We did not get the job completed, however 100 out of 100 we’re gonna put the ball in these two guys’ fingers to attempt to win.”
The Falcons have been 1-of-Three within the purple zone in opposition to the Eagles. They completed the season Zero-7 in video games during which they failed to attain 20 factors.
ESPN’s Tim McManus contributed to this report.