Yes, the same Jackson who left his mark on the team record book by posting his fifth 150-yard receiving game which puts him atop the franchise list alongside Hall of Famer Tommy McDonald Sunday.
Regardless of the numbers (nine receptions for 193 yards and a touchdown), there were golden opportunities left un-capitalized on by Jackson, and the 26-year old let his emotions get the better of him at a critical juncture of the game which changed the course of the fourth quarter, and ultimately allowed the Chargers to take command.
The Eagles had no problem springing Jackson against what amounted to man coverage by the San Diego secondary, but he dropped to long passes that easily could have amounted in a game-changing 14 points. Just once out of three opportunities at getting a wide-open Jackson the ball did the Birds connect on a 61-yard third quarter game-tying touchdown.
“You’re not going to hit all of them. You’re lucky if you get one,” quarterback Michael Vick said. “We made our share of plays today, but we’ve got to get better. You keep firing, but you’re not going to hit them all. You wish you could. Next week maybe we’ll hit them all.”
Even more glaring on Sunday was the penalty committed by Jackson in the back of the end zone after Vick scampered in for the Birds’ only go-ahead touchdown of the afternoon. Jackson retaliated after the whistle against a Chargers defensive back who pushed him out of bounds during the play. The result was a 15-yard penalty assessed on the kickoff and the Chargers ability to start their ensuing drive on the Eagles’ 39-yard line.
Ultimately, the Chargers scored their final touchdown of the game on that drive.
“I’ve got to do a better job of keeping my composure,” Jackson said. “I didn’t think it was that big a call, but that’s what happened.”
Regardless, in spite of a defense that allowed Philip Rivers to casually dissect them to the tune of 539 yards of total offense and 33 points for San Diego, Jackson’s inability to convert on big plays and downright back-of-the-end zone lunacy squandered a winnable football game.
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