saying, “Oh ... oh ... oh ...” It was part
disbelief and part jubilation.
There is a great photograph shot from field
level of Jackson, fully in the clear, with
the Giants’ sideline as a backdrop. There
are several men in Giants attire looking
on, stunned. Next to them is FOX sideline
reporter Pam Oliver with her mouth open
in utter shock.
As he neared the end zone, Jackson turned
and ran parallel to the goal line for several
strides before finally stepping into the end
zone to complete the first walk-off punt
return in NFL history. It went in the books
officially as a 65-yard return and a 38-31
“I knew nobody was going to catch
me,” Jackson said. “I just wanted to do
something for excitement. That’s what the
fans pay for.”
The FOX TV cameras replayed a shot of
Coughlin throwing his play sheet to the
ground in a rage. He ran onto the field to
confront the rookie punter. His face was
even redder than usual.
“Sometimes you try so hard to do
something, in this case kick the ball out
of bounds, and you just lose your head,”
Dodge said. “That’s kind of what happened.
I had plenty of time. I just didn’t execute.
There’s nothing more you can say. You
can’t give the most explosive returner in
the game a line drive in that situation.”
“Every time DeSean touches the ball, you
think he is going to do something big,” said
quarterback Michael Vick.
On the radio, Quick referred to the play
as “Miracle of the Meadowlands, number
two.” The original Miracle was the Herman
Edwards touchdown on a fumble recovery
in 1978. But this Eagles win was an even
bigger miracle because they overcame a
21-point deficit in the final eight minutes.
Vick was held to 33 yards passing in the
first half but he accounted for 233 yards
(142 running, 91 passing) in the last eight
minutes. The Giants were so shell-shocked
by the ending, they went straight to the
locker room. They didn’t stay around to
shake hands and congratulate the winners
which disappointed Vick.
“I have a lot of respect for the New York
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Giants,” he said, “but for them to walk
off the field at the end didn’t show great
sportsmanship. They were the ones doing
all the talking (prior to the game).”
The Giants weren’t talking afterward but
“I know what I’m capable of doing,” he
said. “My fans know. If you ask all of my
fans, I think they’ll tell you I’m one of the
best in the game. Not to sound cocky, but I