Roughly 30 minutes after the Chiefs’ 17-16 loss to Seattle on Saturday had come to an end, cornerback Malcolm Jackson sat at his locker, explaining what happened on the final play.
“He made a play,” he said, simply.
Jackson was referring to Seattle rookie receiver Tanner McAvoy, who caught a jump ball 37-yard jump ball touchdown over him in the waning seconds of the loss.
Now, Jackson could have mentioned that he was curiously matched up in single coverage in a prevent situation against McAvoy, who — at a listed 6 feet 6 and 230 pounds, has seven inches on him.
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But instead, he took responsibility for the play, and vowed to keep getting better.
“At corner, you always have to have a short memory,” Jackson said. “You’ve got to learn to get over it, get back to practice and get better. That’s all you can do.”
McAvoy’s touchdown didn’t actually give the Seahawks the lead, however — it only cut the deficit to 16-15. With no time left on the clock, Seattle coach Pete Carroll smartly opted to go for two, and running back Troymaine Pope ran it in to give the Seahawks a one-point victory.
Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith said the whole team — not just just the third- and fourth-teamers who blew the 10-point fourth quarter lead — could learn something from the experience.
“It’s a great learning experience ... on how to finish a game, especially for the whole team,” Smith said. “There’s so many NFL games that come down to this, that you feel like you dominated, you feel like you were in a great position and you let teams hang around and all of a sudden they’re right back in it.”