PHILADELPHIA -- Mark Adickes thought it was a sure touchdown.
"I was wide-open. I was just waiting on it, waiting on it. It just seemed like forever before the darned thing got there. My whole life flashed before my eyes. I remembered every mistake I've made since Little League in sports. It just took forever," he said.
An offensive lineman, Adickes was a tackle eligible on a first-and-goal at the 3 in the first quarter of the Washington Redskins' 24-22 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
The play fooled the Eagles and Adickes was wide-open, but he dropped Mark Rypien's pass.
"Obviously, I took my eye off of it because it didn't hit me in the hands. It kind of hit me in the wrists. Then it slipped through my arms and between my legs and down my legs," he said.
Adickes said he'd scored a touchdown in Kansas City on a similar play.
"I knew I'd catch it. We've run that play I don't know how many times in practice and I've batted a thousand. I haven't dropped a single one, much harder balls to catch, too. That's tough. One big shining moment and you come out the goat. Even the guys who get paid to catch them drop an occasional one, too. That gives me some consolation, I guess," he said.
Gary Clark also dropped one in the end zone -- although the Redskins later scored on the drive -- and Art Monk dropped back-to-back fourth-period passes.
Rypien took the blame for not throwing the ball better, but Adickes said he'll hear about it from his teammates. The Redskins wound up settling for a field goal on the drive.
"They were all really nice on the sidelines. Everybody [was] really sorry for me and everyone was coming over and patting me on the butt and saying, 'Hey, man, you'll get it next time,' and stuff like that. Not that I ever think they'll probably call it again. I hope they do to give me a chance to redeem myself. But when they look at the films, I'm sure I'll never hear the end of that," Adickes said.
* A week ago, the Eagles complained that their fans weren't into the game enough against the Dallas Cowboys.
They apparently got the message because the fans were into the game yesterday.
It was crowd noise that helped the Eagles get their first sack, William Thomas' blind-side shot on Rypien in the third period. Before the play, Jeff Bostic made a call at the line of scrimmage for Jim Lachey to block Smith. But Lachey never heard the call because of the noise and Smith had a free shot at Rypien.
The Eagles later added two sacks of Jeff Rutledge as the Redskins, who'd given up only six in the first 15 games, allowed three in the game.
Lachey said: "I never got it [the call]. That stuff happens. It was an unfortunate situation. It wasn't like we got beat on a physical type thing. That makes it tough because for 15 games, we gave up six sacks. That would have been a great goal [sack record] to get, but all along we've been saying that's not the most important thing. The most important thing is what's coming up in the playoffs."
* Defensive lineman Tim Johnson intercepted a third-period Jeff Kemp pass to set up a field goal.
"I can't take any credit for athletic ability. It was right in front of my face. I had no choice. I probably couldn't have knocked it down," he said.
* Otis Smith blocked a Kelly Goodburn punt in the fourth period to set up an Eagles touchdown.
The Redskins were forced to punt a second time after A.J. Johnson was called for running out of bounds on the first punt and staying out too long.
Coach Joe Gibbs said he thought Johnson was forced out. "They don't call that very often," he said.
On the block, John Brandes' snap was high and Goodburn had to jump to get to it and that turned him toward Smith.
"It was just a weird set of circumstances that would allow that to happen," said special teams coach Wayne Sevier.
* The Redskins had two players, cornerback Martin Mayhew and Stephen Hobbs, who suffered concussions, but neither was considered serious enough to keep them out of the playoffs.
The other injured players were center Bostic (sprained ankle), running back Earnest Byner (ankle), offensive tackle Joe Jacoby (broken little finger) and Lachey (sprained knee). All the players are expected to be ready for the playoffs. The Redskins also used Charles Mann, who's had a knee injury, only sparingly.