Malcolm Jenkins flipped off his former coach Sean Payton after the Saints scored a touchdown on 4th down late in blowout win

  • The New Orleans Saints trounced the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
  • One of the worst moments of the day came in the fourth quarter, when the Saints, already up 31 points, decided to go for it on fourth down and converted for a touchdown.
  • Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, who got beat on the play, responded by raising a middle finger towards the Saints sidelines.
  • After the game, both Jenkins and Saints head coach Sean Payton showed mutual respect for one another.


It was a tough day for the Philadelphia Eagles defense on Sunday.

Facing the dominant Saints in New Orleans, the once-vaunted Philadelphia defense couldn't get a stop, with the Saints scoring on nine of their first 10 drives, jumping out to an early lead, and never looking back.

Possibly the most gut-wrenching moment of the Eagles' long day came early in the fourth quarter. The Saints were already leading by 31 points but faced a fourth down with six yards to go at the Eagles 37-yard line. They were a bit too close to punt, but a bit too far away to try for a field goal, so head coach Sean Payton decided to go for it.

It turned out to be the right call — Drew Brees found running back Alvin Kamara streaking down the sideline for a touchdown, extending the Saints lead to 45-7.

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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) passes in the first half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - NOVEMBER 18: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates a touchdown during the second half against the Philadelphia Eagles at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 18, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 18: Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles is sacked by Trey Hendrickson #91 of the New Orleans Saints in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 18, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints defeated the Eagles 48-7. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - NOVEMBER 18: Dan Arnold #85 of the New Orleans Saints catches the ball as Nigel Bradham #53 of the Philadelphia Eagles defends during the first half at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 18, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - NOVEMBER 18: Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles attempts to recover a snap during the second half against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 18, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) pulls in a touchdown reception in front of Philadelphia Eagles strong safety Malcolm Jenkins (27) during the second half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018. The Saints won 48-7. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) celebrates his touchdown pass to wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) in the second half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) pulls in a touchdown reception in front of Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Rasul Douglas (32) in the second half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, center, celebrates his touchdown pass to wide receiver Austin Carr, left, in the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)
New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (22) carries as Philadelphia Eagles free safety Corey Graham (24) tackles in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - NOVEMBER 18: Taysom Hill #7 of the New Orleans Saints runs with the ball as Avonte Maddox #29 of the Philadelphia Eagles defends during the second half at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 18, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) walks off the field after turning the ball over on downs in the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
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While it's hard to fault Payton for the decision given the circumstances, at the moment, former Saint and current Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins was frustrated with his former coach, flipping him the bird after the play.

After the game, both Jenkins and Payton spoke of their mutual respect for one another.

"I'm a competitor," Jenkins explained when asked about the encounter. "I love Sean to death, and I know what type of guy and what type of coach he is. And so that was more so personal between me and him. We talked after the game; it's all good."

"I know Sean. He's one of those people that they’re going to go for it [on fourth down], and I understood that. I was just more so upset that it was on me."

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 25: Eagles Safety Malcolm Jenkins (27) celebrates after the Eagles recovered a fumble in the second half during the game between the Oakland Raiders and Philadelphia Eagles on December 25, 2017 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, 0H - SEPTEMBER 16: Malcolm Jenkins #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes gets ready to move at the snap during the game against the Cincinnati Bearcats on September 16, 2006 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo By Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA - OCTOBER 27: Wide receiver Ray Small #4, cornerback Malcolm Jenkins #2, and wide receiver Brian Hartline #9 of the Ohio State Buckeyes sing their alma mater after the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium on October 27, 2007 in University Park, Pennsylvania. Ohio State won 37-17. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS - 2009: Malcolm Jenkins of the New Orleans Saints poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by NFL Photos)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 31: Malcolm Jenkins #27 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates a play during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Louisiana Superdome on October 31, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Matthew Sharpe/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 2: Malcolm Jenkins #27 of the New Orleans Saints warms up before a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Louisiana Superdome on January 2, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Buccaneers defeated the Saints 23-13. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 03: NFL player Malcolm Jenkins of the New Orleans Saints attends Super Bowl Gospel Celebration 2012 at Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University on February 3, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for Super Bowl)
26 July 2014: Malcolm Jenkins (27) Eagles Defensive Back takes to the field during the Philadelphia Eagles training camp at NovaCare Training Complex in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Gavin Baker/Icon SMI/Corbis via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 13: Malcolm Jenkins #27 of the Philadelphia Eagles encourages the crowd to get loud against the Buffalo Bills on December 13, 2015 at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 06: Malcolm Jenkins #27 of the Philadelphia Eagles exits the field after the game between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles at Gillette Stadium on December 6, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 05: NFL player Malcolm Jenkins (R) and Morrisa Jenkins attend the Sports Illustrated Experience Friday Night Party on February 5, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)
DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 09: Ron Brooks #33 of the Philadelphia Eagles and Malcolm Jenkins #27 raise their fists during the National Anthem prior to the start of the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on October 9, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 23: Malcolm Jenkins #27 of the Philadelphia Eagles holds up his fist during the national anthem prior to the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Lincoln Financial Field on October 23, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Vikings 21-10. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 28: Malcolm Jenkins #27 of the Philadelphia Eagles smiles while warming up before taking on the Green Bay Packers at Lincoln Financial Field on November 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 02: Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins visits the SiriusXM set at Super Bowl 51 Radio Row at the George R. Brown Convention Center on February 2, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 19: Malcolm Jenkins #27 of the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium on November 19, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 21: Corey Graham #24 of the Philadelphia Eagles is congratulated by his teammate Malcolm Jenkins #27 after getting an interception during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 21, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 21: Malcolm Jenkins #27 of the Philadelphia Eagles reacts during the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 21, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Payton had high praise for Jenkins as well, saying that letting him go was possibly the biggest mistake he's made as head coach of the Saints.

Jenkins and the Eagles will have to turn things around fast if they want to make it back to the playoffs for a chance to repeat as Super Bowl champions. Currently 4-6, their season would likely already be over if not for the carnage that is the NFC East this season — they sit just two games behind the division-leading Redskins, who just lost starting quarterback Alex Smith for the season to a gruesome leg injury.

Meanwhile, the Saints moved to 9-1 on the season and remain one of the most unstoppable teams in the league heading into the home stretch of the season — holding a head-to-head win over the Rams, they are the obvious favorites for the top seed in the NFC.

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