1:00 PM ET, December 19, 2010
MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
DeSean Jackson's 65-yard punt return caps Eagles' 21-point comeback
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- With 13 seconds left, DeSean Jackson never thought he'd get a chance to win the game. Matt Dodge was ordered by Giants coach Tom Coughlin to punt away from the Eagles' elusive return man.The rookie punted all right, straight to Jackson, who fumbled the ball before taking off on one of the greatest plays in NFL history -- a breathtaking 65-yard punt return for the winning touchdown on the final play of the game.
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me,' " Jackson said. "I was thinking he was going to kick it out of bounds. But it got to me. From there, I just used my instincts and my speed to get into the end zone."The electrifying finish left the Eagles (10-4) alone in first place in the NFC East, one game ahead of the deflated Giants (9-5).And it took the play of the season to make it happen."I've never been around anything like this in my life," Coughlin said. "It's about as empty as you get to feel in this business, right there."The stunning turn of events brought back thoughts of Joe Pisarcik. In 1978, the Giants quarterback botched a handoff at the end of the game, allowing the Eagles' Herm Edwards to scoop up the loose ball and run in for the winning points.This time, the showstopper was Jackson."Somebody told me that coach Coughlin ran on the field and tried to get his kicker because he was just so pissed that his kicker punted the ball to me," said Jackson, who was limited in practice this week with a foot injury. "That just shows how mad he was at that punter."
The Jackson 65
DeSean Jackson's 65-yard punt return touchdown was the longest game-winning TD on the final play of regulation since 1960.
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Mounting A Late Rally
The Eagles are just the fifth team to win a game in regulation after trailing by 21 points or more in the fourth quarter.
|Opponent||4th Q Deficit|
Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson (born Dec. 1, 1986) ranks second on the list of players with the most 60-yard touchdowns before the age of 25.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||7.1||5.1|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||3-4||2-3|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||1||0|
|TD||3:46||Mario Manningham 35 Yard Pass From Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 71 yds, 4:17
|FG||13:09||David Akers 34 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 5 plays, 29 yds, 2:12
|TD||8:28||Mario Manningham 33 Yard Pass From Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 73 yds, 4:45
|FG||0:52||Lawrence Tynes 25 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 12 plays, 55 yds, 3:23
|TD||0:09||Hakeem Nicks 8 Yard Pass From Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 8 yds, 0:00
|TD||4:06||Jeremy Maclin 8 Yard Pass From Michael Vick (David Akers Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 25 yds, 1:04
|TD||8:23||Kevin Boss 8 Yard Pass From Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 47 yds, 4:17
|TD||7:43||Brent Celek 65 Yard Pass From Michael Vick (David Akers Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 75 yds, 0:49
|TD||5:32||Michael Vick 4 Yard Run (David Akers Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 57 yds, 2:00
|TD||1:24||Jeremy Maclin 13 Yard Pass From Michael Vick (David Akers Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 88 yds, 1:45
|TD||0:14||Desean Jackson 65 Yard Punt Return (David Akers Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 65 yds, 0:00
The 28 4th-quarter points allowed by the Giants was the 4th time since 1940 New York allowed 28 points in the 4th quarter and 6th time since 1940 it allowed 28 in ANY quarter (twice in 2nd quarter).[+]
Giants Most 4th-Quarter Points Allowed - Since 1940
NEXT-LEVEL: Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs averaged 5.5 yards per rush with 12 first downs and 3 touchdowns when rushing inside the tackles over the last three games. However, their interior running game failed them Sunday against the Eagles, as it did when the teams met in Week 11, a 27-17 Eagles victory.[+]
-The Giants kept the Eagles QB on the run on Sunday. Vick had a season-high 8 scrambles and made the Giants pay with 122 yards on those plays. In the previous meeting, New York limited Vick to 28 yards on 6 scrambles. -Sunday's game continued the trend of Vick being pressured more as of late - the Eagles QB has been forced to scramble 40 times in the last 7 games compared to just 11 in his first 4. -Vick was under duress on nine of his dropbacks on Sunday. He went 0-8 with an interception and an 11-yard scramble on those plays. Duress is used if the quarterback has to throw early, off-balance, etc., because of pressure. It is also noted if the QB is hit while throwing. This is entirely different from the traditional QB Hit.
NEXT-LEVEL: Michael Vick completed just 3-9 passes in the second half when the Giants blitzed a member of the secondary, but all 3 of his completions were touchdowns. After blitzing on two-thirds of Vick's first-half dropbacks, New York dialed it down in the second half, blitzing just 42 percent of the time.[+]
Michael Vick vs 1+ Secondary Pass Rusher - Sunday vs Giants
NEXT-LEVEL: In a failed attempt to contain Michael Vick, the Giants sent 7 or more pass rushers 6 times on Sunday. In the first half, the Giants sent seven or more once, a 5-yard completion to Jeremy Maclin. However, in the second half, Vick faced 7-or-more pass rushers 5 times, scrambling twice for 68 yards and throwing an 8-yard touchdown to Jeremy Maclin. Entering Sunday's game, Vick had faced 7-or-more pass rushers on just 10 dropbacks this season. He was 4-7 for 76 yards, sacked once and scrambled twice for 38 yards on those plays.
NEXT-LEVEL: The Giants defense used five or more defensive backs on 54 of the 59 snaps the Eagles had on Sunday, and for three quarters kept Eagles quarterback Michael Vick under control. However, in the 4th quarter, Vick dominated the Giants defense, improving on both his 99.3 passer rating (2nd in NFL) and his 483 rushing yards (1st among QB) entering the game against five or more defensive backs. The Eagles did not have a single called running play in the 4th quarter.[+]
Michael Vick vs 5+ DB
Michael Vick rushed 4 times for 94 yards in the fourth quarter Sunday when the Giants had 5 or more defensive backs on the field.
The Eagles overcame a 21-point halftime deficit to win 38-31. The last time the Eagles came back to win a game when they were down by at least 21 points at the half was on October 27, 1946 when they were down 24-0 at the Redskins. They would win the game 28-24 In the last 70 years, this is just the 3rd time the Giants lost a game in which they led by at least 21 points at halftime. The others were on November 26, 2006 at Tennessee and on December 21, 1996 at home to New England. Those two games also represent the only other times in the last 70 years in which the Giants blew a 14-point lead after three quarters and lost, which is what the Giants had Sunday against the Eagles. This is the 3rd time in the last 70 years in which the Eagles won a game when they trailed by 14 points after three quarters. The others were October 27, 1985 against the Bills and October 1, 1978 at the Baltimore Colts.
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