Eagles stun Giants 38-31 on last play punt return
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