The Minnesota Vikings struggled to get their offense on Monday night as the Philadelphia Eagles struggled on all cylinders.
In the third quarter, down 24-7, Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins lined up at the shotgun in the second for 10 in Eagles territory. He threw the ball down towards Pro Bowler Justin Jefferson, who was waiting in the left corner of the end zone. The pitch didn’t make it to the 23-year-old catcher and instead fell into the hands of Eagles cornerback Darius Slay.
The 10-year veteran ran up for a 19-yard return. After he was tackled by center Garrett Bradbury, Slay ran down the middle of the field to a side suite, where he handed the ball to NBA star James Harden. Harden signed a two-year, $68.6 million deal this offseason to stay with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Earlier in the game, Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell commented on the 31-year-old Slay’s showdown against the rising wide receiver.
“Looks like they put Slay in it, which will be a good match for him,” he said during an interview on the live television broadcast after the first quarter.
Slay – who is in his first season as the Eagles’ team captain – intercepted Cousins again in the end zone during the fourth quarter.
Kill 2, Jefferson 0.