Assessing the Philadelphia Eagles' New Miracle at the Meadowlands: The 10 Most Underrated Plays of the Epic Comeback in the Second Half
As you may have seen buried deep in the sports section yesterday, the Philadelphia Eagles beat the New York Giants in dramatic walkoff fashion 38-31.
The ending was probably the single greatest regular season play in the 77-year history of the Philadelphia Eagles.
But there were plenty of unsung heroes in yesterday's game besides Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson, and they deserve credit for their performance.
I counted off the 10 greatest plays of the game, not including Jackson's incredible touchdown.
Honorable Mention: Owen Schmitt's massive hit on safety Kenny Phillips after DeSean Jackson's lost fumble early in the fourth quarter.
10. Michael Vick's 22-yard run up the middle to the Giants' 20 at the two-minute warning with the Eagles trailing 31-24.
9. Justin Tuck's offsides penalty to give the Eagles second and goal from the 4 instead of third and goal from the 12, when the Eagles trailed 31-17 with under six minutes remaining.
8. Jeremy Maclin's 13-yard touchdown reception in which he faked out Giants' cornerback Terrell Thomas to score the tying touchdown with just 1:16 remaining.
7. Brent Celek's 65 yard weaving touchdown to cut the Giants' lead to 31-17 with 7:28 remaining.
6. Michael Vick's Madden-like spin and sprint to pick up 35 yards down to the Giants' 9-yard line, with the Eagles trailing 31-17 and seven minutes left on the clock.
5. Jason Avant's crushing block on Giants' linebacker Zak DeOssie on DeSean Jackson's walkoff punt return touchdown.
4. Trevor Laws' sack of Eli Manning on 3rd and 10 to give the Eagles the ball back with 14 seconds remaining.
3. David Akers' perfectly executed onside kick to give the Eagles the ball, down 31-17, with more than seven minutes remaining.
2. Michael Vick's 33-yard run down the sideline on 3rd and 10 with 2:45 remaining.
1. DeSean Jackson's quickness and awareness to scoop up his fumbled punt on the game's final play.