DeSean Jackson‘s 65-yard punt return for a touchdown with no time left to cap off a 21-point comeback is something you don’t have to be an Eagles fan to appreciate, although it doesn’t hurt. Check out this video of what is already being called the greatest comeback in Philadelphia Eagles history.
There are a lot of great things to take away from the Eagles-Giants game this weekend if you are an Eagles fan. Going on the road, in the most important game of the season, and coming back down 21 points with 8:00 to go in the fourth quarter is just simply remarkable. While Andy Reid has a successful record as an Eagles coach, the last few years have been full of disappointing Eagles efforts in big games compiled with the inability to come from behind and win. Those days are over!
[adinserter block=”2″]I have been a big critic of Andy Reid over the last few years. However Sunday’s game has sealed it for me and I am now a Reid believer. If there is anything that I am more convinced of this season it is that Donovan McNabb really hurt this team over the last few years. Look no further than the one-game difference Rex Grossman made Sunday starting over McNabb for the Redskins for evidence that Donovan McNabb while very good at one time, is arguably the most overrated quarterback in the NFL.
I have to give a lot of credit to NFL Hall of Fame sportswriter Ray Didinger. Ray is a football writer here in Philadelphia who is respected as arguably the most knowledgable football writer in Philadelphia history by local fans. In Ray’s column on CSNPhilly.com previewing the game he wrote, “Win the special teams battle – Eagles-Giants games at the Meadowlands are full of memorable special teams plays: Randall Cunningham’s 91-yard punt, Vai Sikahema’s 87-yard touchdown return and Brian Westbrook’s 84 yard return. Those plays were instrumental in the Eagles winning all three games.” I don’t even think Ray had any idea that Sunday would provide the greatest special teams play in Philadelphia Eagles history.
I started thinking after the game and wondered how this season would have turned out if Donovan McNabb was quarterbacking the Eagles this season and not Michael Vick or Kevin Kolb. There is just something different about watching both of those guys in critical situations this year for the Eagles than the last few McNabb years. Oh yeah, it is the accuracy and their decision making during crunch time. This isn’t to say that McNabb was always that bad. I just happened to think that he peaked during the 2003-04 season and due to injuries and maybe some overconfidence was never able to return to that form.
[adinserter block=”1″]Hey, New York Giants fans shouldn’t be surprised. This happens quite a bit at the Meadowlands so it is only appropriate that the Eagles carry the tradition into the new stadium. Miracle in the Meadowlands in 1978 saw Herm Edwards recover a fumble in the final seconds (during the credits) to steal a Giants win. Brian Westbrook’s 84-yard punt return in 2003 gave the Eagles a go-ahead score and a win in the Meadowlands. DeSean Jackson’s 65-yard punt return coming off a fumbled catch will probably eclipse the others and make DeSean Jackson one of the most beloved players in Philadelphia Eagles history.
I have said it once and I’ll say it again. The Philadelphia Eagles are the best team in the NFL. There is no other team that has been as consistent all season as the birds. Defenses cannot stop this offense for four quarters, they are just too fast. Only the great teams can pull off a 21-point fourth quarter comeback in a meaningful game against a division rival at this time of the year. Those kinds of teams go to Super Bowls and win them. The Philadelphia Eagles are on their way back to Dallas and this time they are bringing back the Lombardi trophy.
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