ATLANTA – The pass from quarterback Carson Wentz late in the fourth quarter of Sunday night's 24-20 loss to the Atlanta Falcons was right on Nelson Agholor's fingertips as he was streaking down the left sideline with nothing but field in front of him.
A catch and Agholor likely scores.
But Agholor didn't make the reception and didn't score a touchdown and, well, he did what he was supposed to do.
"I got ready for the next play and the next opportunity," Agholor said. "I didn't even think about it. I had to move on."
Agholor knows the pass from Wentz, who was under pressure on the play, was right there. It was an easy catch. But it didn't happen.
"I can't hang my head," Agholor said. "We had more plays out there."
Agholor made a big play later in the drive, leaping high in traffic to bring down a Wentz pass on fourth-and-14 and gaining 43 yards to the Atlanta 18-yard line.
"I was thinking I had to go up and make the catch," Agholor said. "I had to go get it. It was my next opportunity to make a play, so go get it."
With DeSean Jackson sidelined from early in the first quarter with a groin injury and with Alshon Jeffery also on the sidelines from early in the first quarter through the rest of the game with a calf injury, the Eagles were severely shorthanded in the receiver department. Agholor ended up catching eight passes for 107 yards and a touchdown on 11 targets as he played the entire game, 78 of the 81 snaps.
As exhausted as Agholor was at the end of the game, he lamented the missed opportunity down the sideline and the narrow defeat.
"I'm going to look at the tape, every play, and I'm going to look at it hard," he said. "I hate this feeling. We had our chances. I had a chance. We just came up short."