Darius Slay wasn't having it.
The notion that it must have been a frustrating day prior to his game-winning interception, given the penalties and all the plays he couldn't seem to make, put a bemused expression on Slay's face.
"Hell nah," he said.
Sure, Keenen Allen got the better of Slay a handful of times in their one-on-one matchup, finishing with eight catches for 98 yards. But that's bound to happen, Slay pointed out, when Allen's targeted 15 times. Through it all, Slay kept lining up and looking toward the next opportunity.
"I got to," he said. "Because if I lose myself, I’m failing the team. I can’t do that. I have to stay on my grind, stay competing, because these boys look up to me and expect a lot out of me. I just go out there and try to give them what I got."