NYG Postgame (at Philadelphia Eagles) Transcripts: SS Jabrill Peppers
October 22, 2020
Q: Take us through the last play
A: Man to man coverage. I was checking and making sure that he wasn't trying to run anything underneath or outside. I felt like I was in good position. I just have to play the hands better. It was a good ball, so that was definitely on me. No ifs, ands or buts about it.
Q: When the game is sliding away from you a little bit like it was in the last six minutes after you were up by 11 points, is it incumbent on some of the leaders and some of the veterans like yourself to sort of hit the brakes on that and make it stop and make it start going back in your direction?
A: Definitely. Absolutely, and that's why it hurts. We felt like we got a good enough lead. We can close it out. With everything that happened in the game, we were still in a position to close out the game and I didn't make the play. It hurts, but I'm a man, I'll take it on the chin. I'll learn from it and make sure that it never happens again.
Q: I know you haven't been here for all of them and this is your first Giants - Eagles game, but that's eight in a row for the Eagles over the Giants. That's three straight double-digit leads blown by the Giants in this building. Do rivalries become psychological? Is there an, 'oh no, again' factor happening with the Giants?
A: We just have to close out the games. We had chances to close out the game and we did not execute. That's all it is. It's not a psychological thing or anything like that. We know this is a game we should have won. I let the team down. Like I said, I'll take that on the chin.
Q: Is this the kind of game that you walk away from and say, 'how did we not win?'
A: Definitely, but I know how we didn't win. We didn't execute. You have to play to the final whistle, the 60 minutes, you know? The NFL is a funny thing. You just have to keep playing. You just have to keep playing to the final whistle. We were in good position, we just didn't execute.
Q: How would you describe the locker room after this one?
A: It sucks. It is what it is. It hurts. We had a phenomenal chance in this game to win and we set ourselves up. It hurts right now, but there is a lot of football left to be played. We know that. We'll see those guys again. We have to get back to the drawing board, correct the mistakes and come back out on Monday night with a better performance than we did tonight.
Q: You guys as a defense played so well for so much of this game. How did it snowball on you at the end like that? You have to build up a lot of confidence by playing that well for so much of the game. How does it snowball on you when you guys are feeling good about how you play?
A: It doesn't matter if you play well for most of the game and don't finish. We're not patting ourselves on the back for that. We're a better defense than we put forth in situational football tonight, myself included. I have to make that play. I make that play, we’re not even asking these types of questions right now. We don't know what happens, but we're not asking these types of questions right now. We showed that we could play pretty good ball on defense, but we have to show that we can execute in situational football and make plays when it matters. That's been our Achilles heel this year. That's something that we will continue to correct.