Give Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin credit for standing up and answering all the questions in the postgame locker room following his career night, and a costly drop that ended the Eagles' comeback hopes.
Maclin then delivered a message to the fans via Twitter as the team was leaving Atlanta: "I can't believe it ... I apologize."
LeSean McCoy quickly reminded Maclin that it was more than him who is at fault. "Delete that bro ... We all blow it."
After the drop, Maclin went over to quarterback Mike Kafka. Asked what he said to Kafka, Maclin said, "My fault, my fault."
"It was a catchable ball," Maclin said. "I should have come up with it.
"We were moving the ball up and down the field. I didn’t make the catch at the end of the game. There were so many different things you can go back and look at. They didn’t stop us, we stopped ourselves."
The drop overshadowed an amazing performance in which Maclin set career highs in receptions (13) and yards (171), and caught his first two touchdowns of the season.
It was his fifth career 100-yard game, and his reception total ranks as the third-most ever by an Eagle in a single game (Brian Westbrook had 14 on 11/4/07 vs. Dallas, and Don Looney had 14 on 12/1/40 at Washington).
In just 33 regular season contests, Maclin has compiled five two-touchdown performances. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only 10 receivers in NFL history have had more multi-touchdown efforts in their first 33 games, the most recent being Randy Moss, who had seven … According to Pro Football Reference, since 1960, only 12 receivers have more than five multi-touchdown games in their first three NFL seasons.
Last season, Maclin set a career-high with 159 yards against Atlanta, and in his three career games against the Falcons, he has amassed 24 receptions for 413 yards and four touchdowns.
Asked about his dominance over Atlanta, Maclin said, "Not coming up with W is all that’s really on my mind."
Maclin was lucky to be standing after the game following a shot to the head by Atlanta's headhunting cornerback Dunta Robinson.
Robinson knocked out DeSean Jackson with a concussion last season. That hit cost him $25,000 after he appealed. The league reduced the original fine of $50,000. He can expect another fine, especially after the play drew a 15-yard penalty. Maclin said Robinson was "2-for-2."
"It was a dirty hit," he said. "That’s why he got flagged. If it wasa clean hit, he would’t have gotten flagged. Whatever is coming his way, he’ll get it [as far as a fine from the league]. We’ll kind of see what happens."
Robinson said he was not expecting a fine. "I felt it was a legal hit, even though I was penalized. I do not expect to hear from commissioner Goodell," he said.
Maclin would not go as far as to see Robinson was a "dirty player," just that he did not agree with the hit.
More explanation from Robinson in how this paly differs from the Jackson play, "I saw him catch the ball. Last year, they said the receiver didn’t have time to see. He was a defenseless receiver. I saw him catch the ball. I saw him run, trying to get up field to score. So me as a defender, if I whiff on him, he’s probably is going to run around me and score a long touchdown. This is a physical football game. That’s the way I play. If don’t play that way, I wouldn’t make it in this league. I definitely didn’t think it was a dirty play. I’m not a dirty player. I don’t go out there and hit players illegally."
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