Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Zech McPhearson had an apt analogy to describe how Darius Slay shut down Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson.
Justin Jefferson logged more than 1,400 receiving yards in his rookie season, then more than 1,600 receiving yards in 2021. Needless to say, the Vikings wideout is unaccustomed to being completely shut down.
Without Jefferson’s assistance on offense, the Vikings finished the game 7-24, a humiliating defeat after they dominated the Packers with a nearly-identical score in Week 1 at 23-7.
Slay didn’t just son Jefferson, either. He took one of the best receivers in the world and put him in a car seat, according to Eagles cornerback Zech McPhearson.
Darius Slay sons Justin Jefferson so hard he put him in a car seat during Eagles-Vikings
Slay, known affectionately around the league as “Big Play Slay“, came away from Monday Night Football with two massive plays: two interceptions against Kirk Cousins. Slay also saw five passes defended on the night, ready to break up whatever connection Cousins pursued with his bevy of receivers.
On this one, of course, Cousins was targeting Jefferson for what would have been a Vikings touchdown. Slay wasn’t having it.
The best part? Slay handed the above interception to none other than Philadelphia 76ers star James Harden, who was sitting in the stands.
In case Eagles players seem like a subjective party, it’s worth noting that NextGen Stats supports McPhearson’s claim that Slay obliterated Jefferson Monday night. On five targets to Jefferson, Slay came away with more interceptions than passes allowed.
It wasn’t just a nightmare for Vikings fans to witness: this was statistically the worst wide receiver-cornerback matchup for the team in six seasons.
There’s nothing anyone can say or do to make the sting of Slay’s shutdown hurt a little less, but McPhearson’s iconic quote surely poured salt into the wound of a vintage Vikings loss.