It was a tough all-around afternoon for the Arizona Cardinals in Buffalo on Sunday, including for safety Tyrann Mathieu.
With the Cardinals training 30-16 in the fourth quarter, the Honey Badger made a potential game-changing play when he forced a fumble from Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor.
Mathieu tried to scoop up the loose ball and return it for a touchdown. Instead, he inadvertently kicked the ball out of bounds, allowing the Bills to retain possession. The Bills went on to win 33-18, dropping the Cardinals to 1-2 on the season.
It was just that kind of day for the Cardinals -- and after the game, Mathieu was kicking himself about the play.
Tyann Mathieu on missing fumble: I've been making that play since I was 4. Just trying to figure out how it didn't end up in my hand. #Bills
— Nick Wojton (@Nick_Wojton) September 25, 2016
But by Sunday night, Mathieu seemed to be prepared to put the play and the loss behind him, citing wisdom from the legendary Michael Jordan in a tweet.
— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) September 26, 2016
Mathieu is still being eased back onto the field after suffering an ACL tear late last season. But the 2015 All-Pro selection remains one of the most dynamic players in the NFL, and it's not a matter of if but when he makes another game-changing play for the Birdgang.