It had been a while since Alshon Jeffery found footing in the end zone. Last time, it was in the sunny skies of Carson, California. This time, it came in the rain at Lincoln Financial Field. Having played in Chicago for years, Jeffery's seen it all and barely even noticed the light showers Sunday afternoon in the Eagles' 33-10 win over San Francisco.
"I've played in a lot worse weather. Colder games, games with more rain," Jeffery said. "Torrey (Smith) and I laugh about it all the time. We were in Chicago and he was playing in Baltimore. We had a six-hour game and it was brutal. It went from hot sun out to thunderstorms. It was pretty bad weather."
Securing a 53-yard touchdown bomb from Carson Wentz midway through the third quarter looked easy for Jeffery. The deep pass was a toss-up but Jeffery outleaped cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon then brushed off another tackle to make it past the orange pylon for a touchdown.
On the day, Jeffery finished with a game-high 62 receiving yards on two catches. The score was Jeffery's longest reception as an Eagle.
"The significance was just it ended up in a touchdown," Doug Pederson stated after the win. "Carson (Wentz) and Alshon, connecting like that, it was a great route from the jump. Carson put it right where he had to. That's what you expect from those two guys to make those types of plays."
A big playmaker, Jeffery said after the game that even when he's covered, he's not.
"I just have to give that guy a chance to make plays sometimes. He did the rest," Wentz said. "He went up and got that ball, broke some tackles, and got in the end zone. We brought him here to make those big plays. I was happy for him to make that tonight."
Wentz and Jeffery had connected for points prior to the game's longest play of the night. Late in the second quarter, the Eagles elected to go for the two-point conversion. Wentz hit a wide open Jeffery near the back of the end zone to put the Eagles up 17-0 at halftime.
Jeffery made plays on the defensive end as well. During the waning seconds of the first half, Pederson threw Jeffery on the field to prevent the 49ers from converting a Hail Mary attempt. The wide receiver-turned-safety earned himself a pass defensed batting the ball out of bounds as time expired.
"I got that (pass breakup) under my belt. Next thing I'm looking for a pick," Jeffery joked.
For the long-armed receiver, hauling in passes over the outstretched arms of defenders is like bringing down a rebound, a skill he took pride in as a basketball player. But for his touchdown celebration, Jeffery tried his hand at baseball. He lined up for a celebratory home run only to be hit by a pitch from Zach Ertz. Jeffery chased after Ertz and the fans at the Linc erupted into applause. Jeffery took credit for choreographing the fun.
"From my perspective, it kind of look like (Jeffery) was crowding the plate so I wanted to brush him back a little bit and unfortunately it slipped and it just hit him," Ertz smiled.
The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the San Francisco 49ers, 33-10,to advance to 7-1 on the season.