Across the Shield: Lattimore and Thomas Steal Show As Saints Advance

By David Wertheim on January 14, 2019 at 9:05 am
Marshon Lattimore

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Once a Buckeye, always a Buckeye. Across the Shield follows those who once wore Scarlet and Gray on their journeys through the NFL.

Lattimore Has Huge Day

With the New Orleans Saints needing jolts defensively, they had to look no further than their best secondary member, former Buckeye and current Pro Bowler Marshon Lattimore.

The former first-round draft choice turned in a couple of huge plays yesterday.

First, with his team down 14-0 and desperately needing a stop, Lattimore recorded a huge interception with the Eagles driving again to get his team the ball back. 

A few quarters later, with the Eagles driving to potentially tie or win the game, Lattimore was able to secure another interception off a dropped pass by Alshon Jeffery, clinching the game for the Saints.

Lattimore finished with four tackles and two passes defensed in addition to those two interceptions. 

Another Day at the Office

Michael Thomas has established himself as one of the NFL's best wide receivers this season, and certainly did not disappoint on Sunday, absolutely dominating the Eagles secondary to the tune of  12 catches,171 yards, and this touchdown.

Thomas also made a crucial 22-yard catch on a 3rd-and-long situation in the fourth quarter that helped keep the Saints in front.

Thomas was an absolute monster on Sunday, and will look to keep it up next week in the NFC championship game against the Los Angeles Rams in what should be an epic contest.

Elsewhere in this game, Kurt Coleman recorded a tackle, while Vonn Bell had four tackles and a pass defensed, and Eli Apple also had four tackles plus a pass defensed.

Season Ends for Elliott

While Ezekiel Elliott was bottled up against the Rams, rushing for just 47 yards, he was able to find the end zone one last time. 

It was a magical season for Elliott, who led the NFL in rushing with 1,434 yards on 304 carries. 

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