Giants – Eagles Game This Weekend – Another Meadowlands Miracle in the Works? [VIDEOS]
As the 0-4 Giants prepare to face the 1-3 Eagles I’m reminded of the many miracles that have taken place between these two teams at the Meadowlands.
Being a Giants fan, I was there for many of them and while Big Blue came up on the wrong end, many times they sparked the team to bigger and better things. Miracle of the Meadowlands 1 took place on November 19, 1978 where Joe Pisarcik, rather than falling on the ball, fumbled a hand off to Larry Csonka. Eagles defensive back and now ESPN analyst Herman Edwards picked up the lose ball and what would have been 17-12 Giants turned into 19-17 Eagles.
The play sparked a complete overhaul of the Giants, which lead to the hiring of General Manager George Young, Head Coach Ray Perkins, who gave way to Bill Parcells, the drafting of quarterback Phil Simms and a run of playoff years that would bring 2 Super Bowl victories in 1986 and 1990.
Which brings us to Miracle off the Meadowlands 2 which took place Dec 19th 2010.
With just under eight minutes to play in the fourth quarter, the Eagles trailed the Giants by 21 points. They went on to score four unanswered touchdowns in the final seven minutes and 28 seconds of play, including the final score, a punt returned for a touchdown by DeSean Jackson as time expired. Jackson became the first player in NFL history to win a game by scoring on a punt return as time expired. The win allowed the Eagles to progress to the 2010 NFL playoffs, at the expense of the Giants. New York however would win the Super Bowl the next year.
There have been other wacky finishes to Giants-Eagles games like the Brian Westbrook punt return in 2003 or the Clyde Simmons field goal lock in 1988. There’s something about when these two teams play that bring out the wildest finishes.
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