By Peter Gleason
This was an example of Eagles wide receiver adding injury to the pain of defeat.
A late Wil Lutz field-goal miss set the Eagles up with a chance to win their divisional round matchup, trailing the New Orleans Saints 20-14 with the ball and 2:58 remaining.
They took over possession at their own 42-yard line, and Nick Foles immediately completed a pass to Zach Ertz and drew a roughing-the-passer call that moved the Eagles to the Saints 27.
On second-and-10 with 2:02 remaining, Foles looked to a wide-open Jeffery, who found a soft spot in the middle of the Saints’ zone defense.
Foles hit Jeffery with a perfect pass that would have gained a handful of yards and likely set up the Birds with third-and-short on the other side of the two-minute warning.
But the ball went right through Jeffery’s hands and into the waiting arms of Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who secured his second interception of the game.
Jeffery was playing with pain throughout the game, according to Eagles offensive lineman Lane Johnson. Johnson told reporters that Jeffery was playing with cracked ribs, which the team was aware of after an MRI earlier in the week.