Ea­gles stun Giants 38-31 on last play punt re­turn

The Pak Banker - - International3 -

EAST RUTHER­FORD: 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.

The Ea­gles scored 28 points in the fi­nal 7:18 and beat the New York Giants 3831 on Sun­day, a bit­ter loss that re­vived mem­o­ries of "The Mir­a­cle at the Mead­ow­lands" in 1978.

Call this one "The Mir­a­cle at the New Mead­ow­lands."

"I was think­ing to my­self like 'they're not go­ing to kick it to 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's fum­ble in '78. 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. -Ap

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