Eagles 45

(9-4, 5-2 away)

Giants 38

(7-6, 4-3 home)

Coverage: NBC

8:20 PM ET, December 13, 2009

Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ 

1 2 3 4 T
PHI 14 16 7 845
NYG 3 14 14 738

Top Performers

Passing: E. Manning (NYG) - 391 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: B. Jacobs (NYG) - 15 CAR, 60 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Jackson (PHI) - 6 REC, 178 YDS, 1 TD

Jackson ties NFL record for long TDs as Eagles get shootout win over Giants

Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Dynamic DeSean Jackson danced his way into the record books, and had time for a chest bump with his coach, too.

Jackson scored on a 72-yard punt return and a 60-yard pass from Donovan McNabb, sparking the Philadelphia Eagles to their most points this season in a 45-38 shootout victory over the New York Giants on Sunday night.

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Coach Andy Reid didn't see the punt return, but has seen plenty of stunners from the second-year receiver/kick returner already. He sure didn't mind being part of one of Jackson's celebrations.

"He loves playing," Reid said. "When the games are on the line, he wants the ball and we'll give it to him."

Added Jackson: "Coach Reid, that's my dude."

Jackson missed last week with a concussion, but was in sensational form in boosting Philadelphia (9-4) into the NFC East lead. Jackson has eight touchdowns of 50-plus yards this year, tying the NFL mark.

"I said I was going to come back strong," Jackson said. "I told the team I was going to come back strong."

New York (7-6) also had its share of big plays, including TD passes of 68 and 61 yards by Eli Manning in a game marked by shoddy tackling on both sides. But the Eagles, whose previous high in 2009 was 40 points in a Nov. 1 rout of New York, prevailed despite being outgained 512-374.

Flying High And Deep

The Eagles took advantage of the Giants' secondary by going deep often, and with success.

Eagles passing by distance
1-14 Yards 15+ Yards*
Comp.-att. 11-17 7-11
Yards 89 218
TD-Int. 1-1 1-0
Passer rating 72.9 137.5

* - Michael Vick was 1 for 1 with 32 yards

With Dallas (8-5) losing to San Diego, Philly is looking back at the rest of the division. Just as Jackson did to the Giants when he caught a long pass and boogied backward into the end zone late in the third period for a 37-31 lead.

A 91-yard drive capped by Leonard Weaver's 1-yard run -- yes, the Eagles can score short ones, too -- clinched Philly's fourth straight victory over New York, including a divisional round playoff game in January.

"They battle," Reid said of his team. "It's a tribute to the players."

The Giants made it tight when Kevin Boss caught a 4-yard TD pass with 1:31 to go. But they couldn't stage a final comeback and Reid won his first game after receiving a contract extension through 2013.

The Giants were primed to take the lead midway in the third quarter when McNabb's pass was intercepted by Jonathan Goff. From the Philadelphia 29, Manning scrambled left for a first down, slid headfirst and lost the ball, recovered by Sean Jones. New York challenged that Brodrick Bunkley caused Manning to stumble when he tugged his jersey before the quarterback took two more strides before going down, but the call was confirmed by video review.

Fast Facts

• The 83 total points are the most in the Eagles-Giants rivalry, breaking the previous record of 81 from Nov. 22, 1992.

• The two teams combined for 886 total yards, which is fifth most in the NFL this season.

• DeSean Jackson had 178 yards receiving and a touchdown and a 72-yard punt return for a score. Jackson has scored eight TDs of 50 yards or more this season, which tied the NFL record.

• Donovan McNabb threw for 275 yards, two TDs and an interception. He improved to 10-8 against the Giants in the regular season with 25 TDs and six interceptions.

• The Eagles are 5-1 against the NFC East this season and 15-5 against the NFC East in December since 2000. The Giants have lost four straight against the Eagles.

• Steve Smith had seven receptions to give him 85 on the season and break the team record for most receptions in a single season, a mark previously held by Amani Toomer (82 rec. in 2002).

• Michael Vick scored consecutive rushing touchdowns for the first time since November 2002.

• Bloggers' wrapups

• Rapid reaction

-- ESPN Stats & Information

New York did go in front 31-30, though, when Domenik Hixon, who returned a punt 79 yards in last week's win over Dallas, broke two tackles for a 61-yard, catch-and-run score. McNabb and Jackson simply shrugged and, one play later, combined for the 60-yard TD.

Jackson tied the long-TD mark set by Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch in 1951 and equaled by Devin Hester in 2007.

"We have to know where he is at, he is one of their big plays guys and if we want to eliminate that we have to know where he is all the time," Giants cornerback Corey Webster said. "We didn't do a good job of that tonight."

Michael Vick got into the act, too, hitting Jackson down the middle for 32 yards to set up McNabb's 8-yard TD pass to Brent Celek that opened the scoring.

Four plays later, it was 14-0 as Trent Cole stripped the ball from behind Brandon Jacobs and it bounced fortuitously to Sheldon Brown, who scooted 60 yards without a Giant in sight.

While Philly was striking quickly, the Giants' first scoring drive covered 77 yards, 15 plays and more than seven minutes. It netted Lawrence Tynes' 26-yard field goal.

Then, safety Quintin Mikell almost single-handedly gave New York a touchdown. Twice he was called for illegal contact on Hakeem Nicks, including one ball the rookie dropped while open behind everyone. Then, he and Asante Samuel missed tackles on a short pass that Nicks turned into a 68-yard score, sprinting the final 57 yards after the defensive backs couldn't wrap him up.

Vick made a key 5-yard run on third down on Philadelphia's next scoring drive, and he almost had a TD pass. But Reggie Brown dropped a tipped ball in the end zone, and David Akers kicked a 20-yard field goal for a 17-10 lead.

Then came Jackson's scintillating dash on the punt runback, setting a franchise record with his third such return for a TD.

"He got us, man," Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora said. "We had a plan but ... we just couldn't cover him."

Still, the teams were only getting started scoring. Ahmad Bradshaw's 3-yard run got the Giants within seven before they were hurt by Jackson again. He got free for a 44-yard reception on third-and-20. Celek's 23-yard reception -- New York struggles covering tight ends, too -- set up Vick's 1-yard sweep into the end zone for a 30-17 halftime edge.

Jacobs' 1-yard run got the Giants closer, and Hixon's romp gave them the short-lived lead.

"I thought we fought hard," said Manning, who threw for 391 yards. "We still had opportunities and we didn't respond the way we needed to. We needed to hit our big play and didn't."

The Eagles did, of course, with Jackson the star. He had six receptions for 178 yards to go with the long punt return.

"It was a huge game. Sunday night, it gets no better than this," he said. "The world was watching. We knew what rode on this game."

Game notes

Akers has missed two extra points this season, both against New York. ... The 512 yards New York gained were 91 more than the previous high the Eagles allowed, to the Saints. ... Philadelphia recovered Hixon's fumbled kickoff return, but time ran out to end the first half.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs2027
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays5372
Total Yards374512
Yards per play7.17.1
Total Drives1311
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)3-53-4
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs20

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

phiTD11:39Brent Celek 8 Yard Pass From Donovan Mcnabb (David Akers Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 67 yds, 3:32
phiTD9:57Sheldon Brown 60 Yard Fumble Return (David Akers Kick is Good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 23 yds, 1:48
nygFG2:31Lawrence Tynes 26 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 15 plays, 77 yds, 7:13
nygTD13:22Hakeem Nicks 68 Yard Pass From Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 83 yds, 3:12
phiFG6:45David Akers 20 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 12 plays, 75 yds, 6:25
phiTD4:27Desean Jackson 72 Yard Punt Return (David Akers Kick is Good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 72 yds, 0:00
nygTD1:35Ahmad Bradshaw 3 Yard Run (Lawrence Tynes Kick is Good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 67 yds, 2:39
phiTD0:16Michael Vick 1 Yard Run (David Akers Kick is No Good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 70 yds, 1:20
nygTD9:26Brandon Jacobs 1 Yard Run (Lawrence Tynes Kick is Good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 74 yds, 5:42
nygTD5:26Domenik Hixon 61 Yard Pass From Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes Kick is Good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 59 yds, 1:19
phiTD5:06Desean Jackson 60 Yard Pass From Donovan Mcnabb (David Akers Kick is Good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 60 yds, 0:15
phiTD5:54Leonard Weaver 1 Yard Run (Donovan Mcnabb Pass to Jason Avant For Two-Point Conversion is Good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 91 yds, 7:24
nygTD1:35Kevin Boss 4 Yard Pass From Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes Kick is Good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 75 yds, 4:17