LAS VEGAS — Trailing 19-17 with two minutes to play, Mac Jones had a chance to engineer a game-winning drive at Allegiant Stadium.
On second-and-12 from deep in their own territory, the Patriots opted for a deep shot down the left sideline. The play started well, as Jones had a clean pocket and DeVante Parker ran past cornerback Jakorian Bennett and had a step on safety Marcus Epps who was darting across the field. Jones lofted a beautiful ball that travelled 45 yards in the air, but it bounced off Parker’s fingers, and the wideout couldn’t haul the pass in.
It was clearly a missed opportunity. A play later, Jones was sacked for a safety and the game was essentially over.
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Parker fielded questions in the visitors’ locker room after the loss. Here’s the full exchange with the veteran wideout when asked about the crucial late-game play:
Q: DeVante, what happened on that deep ball on the last drive? It looked like you got behind the coverage.
“I don’t know. What’d you see?”
Q: It looked like you got behind the coverage and the ball was there.
“Yeah, I guess that’s just what happened. I was behind the coverage. Next?”
Q: Did you get your fingers on the ball?
“Probably hit my fingertips, I think. But I didn’t get a full grasp of it.”
Q: Do you feel like that’s a ball you can catch?
“I think so, I mean, fingertips, so I don’t know. But.”