Marcus Williams has a bright future in the NFL, and hopefully Sunday only will make him stronger in the long run.
But it’s probably going to hurt for a while.
The New Orleans Saints rookie safety was on the wrong side of one of the most memorable plays in NFL playoff history when he whiffed on a tackle to spring Minnesota wide receiver Stefon Diggs for a 61-yard, game-winning touchdown in the NFC Divisional Round.
At the very least, Williams could have slowed down Diggs and kept him from dashing toward the end zone, and at best, he could have broken up the play.
Regardless, Williams deserves credit for the way he handled himself after the game. The rookie stood at his locker with tears in his eyes and explained his actions while taking the blame for the loss.
Williams, of course, deserves credit for the Saints even having a chance in the game: He came up huge with a third-quarter interception of Vikings quarterback Case Keenum. And his teammates weren’t about to let the 21-year-old shoulder the blame, as linebacker Manti Te’o talked about Williams’ bright future in the NFL.
Saints fans also were quick to forgive.
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