KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jalen Carter was close. So close.
Just before the end of the first half Monday night, Patrick Mahomes upgraded the football to stop the clock with 2 seconds left so Harrison Butker could kick a 43-yard field goal to extend his lead.
But on the pick, rookie Jalen Carter dove between center Creed Humphrey’s legs and nearly pulled off what would have been a wild interception in the Eagles’ 21-17 final victory at Arrowhead Stadium.
An interception on this play would have essentially stolen three points from the Chiefs. After the game, many of Carter’s teammates said they had never seen an attempt like this before.
So where did Carter get the idea for this piece?
“I saw it on YouTube and a high school kid tried it and he caught it,” Carter said. “I tried and I didn’t succeed.”
Here’s a look at the YouTube clip Carter was likely referring to:
Carter, 22, said none of his teammates knew he was going to attempt the play.
“No,” Carter said. “I knew they were doping him, so I just tried.”
Carter’s teammates didn’t know he was going to try, but they all saw him do it.
“Oh yeah,” Josh Sweat said with a laugh. “I was like, ‘Brother, what are you doing?’ Brother, I never… If he had caught this… Does that count? Would that count? It is, isn’t it? I was like, “What are you doing?” He dove between the center’s legs.
Monday night, Carter had a relatively quiet game on the stat sheet with three combined tackles. But he was under a lot of pressure throughout the night and this season has 4 sacks and 5 tackles for loss.
The Eagles’ No. 9 pick is having a tremendous rookie season and if he had made this play, the legend would have continued to grow. If you’re wondering, Carter didn’t have an interception during his college career at Georgia.
But he came very close to catching one Monday night with a play that could find its way into the NFL.
“Yeah, I saw that,” Haason Reddick said. “Rookie, young, full of energy, going out there and crazy. It’s crazy. It looked like he had almost reached it. That’s what’s wild. He’s also been great all year. It arrives this year and will be a great help for the interior. I’m looking for him to continue to improve as we move forward this season.
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