Darius Slay not happy with Eagles' secondary after loss to Cowboys
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Darius Slay noted that the Philadelphia Eagles secondary allowing T.Y. Hilton a 52-yard reception was unacceptable. Midway through the fourth quarter, the Eagles were up by a touchdown and forced the Cowboys on facing a third-and-30.
Just when it seemed the Eagles would get a ball back and probably get a chance to seal the win, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott hit veteran wide receiver Hilton for a 45-yard reception. The Cowboys went on to score a touchdown on that possession and to eventually escape with a 40-34 win on Christmas day.
“Dudes just got to do their jobs, really, man. Good throw by Dak, good catch by him, but if everybody just does their job, that play would have been stopped easily. That [stuff] there was mind-blowing," Slay said, per The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Hilton on getting past Slay for a big reception
Hilton, 33, caught his first reception as a Cowboy when Prescott hit him in the fourth quarter. Hilton, who was recently signed by the Cowboys, feels he still has the game.
"Absolutely. Just because my age says I'm 33 doesn't mean I can't still run. I put it on tape today. I look forward to the next couple of weeks and I'm just gonna continue to get better, continue to stay in my playbook and continue to help this team," Hilton said.
Hilton's 45-yard reception ignited the Cowboys' comeback and Prescott acknowledged the importance of that particular catch. "That's a guy that's made a lot of big-time catches in his career. He's had a long career and been very, very successful.
On fourth down, I went to him and he drew the holding call earlier in the game. Right there, third-and-30, he got even with [the defender] right as I was releasing it and I knew to put some air under it and he'd go make a play. Third-and-30? Find T.Y," Prescott said of Hilton.