Likely, Phialdelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz never even saw Marshon Lattimore. The deception may have been just that good by the Saints cornerback in New Orleans’ 48-7 victory in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday.
First-and-10 from its own 30-yard line with 2:49 left in the first quarter, and trailing 10-0 already, Philadelphia obviously needed a score. And Wentz thought he saw a possible chunk play, with cornerback Eli Apple appearing in a man-to-man cover against receiver Nelson Agholor, and safety Marcus Williams having converged toward the line of scrimmage to pick up another receiver.
But Lattimore, lined up at right cornerback, was in full retreat the entire way, a diagonal sprint that took him toward Agholor. And by the time Wentz released the pass – he wasn’t under heavy duress, so it wasn’t as if he was rushed and was forced to make that particular choice – the sleight-of-hand was complete.
Fifty-four yards down the field, Lattimore cut in front of Agholor and leapt to intercept the pass as if it was intended for him, playing the role of free safety. Lattimore’s first interception of the season – he had a team-leading five during his NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year season in 2017 – helped the Saints protect their early lead, and was the first of three interceptions New Orleans produced Sunday.