It is a moment that will never be forgotten by any Philadelphia Eagles fan, and it has now been voted the best play in NFL history on NFL.com.
Picture it: a game against the hated New York Giants, on their home turf, and the Birds were being beaten. Badly. On that December day in 2010, with 8 minutes in the game remaining, the Eagles trailed the Giants by a score of 31-10. Stick a fork in ‘em — these Birds were done. Even the most die-hard fans knew the game couldn’t be salvaged and were waiting for the misery to end.
But then everything changed. Fans, who a moment before had been squinting at the game in pain, were treated to what has become known as a miracle. It was another Miracle at the Meadowlands.
The final moment that capped off that miracle — a stunning 65-yard punt return by none other than DeSean Jackson with 14 seconds left in the game – has now been voted the greatest play in NFL history. With that moment, the Eagles completed a 28-point comeback that enabled them to beat Big Blue 38-31.
Voting was based on 64 plays, based on NFL.com’s own version of March Madness, until a winner was proclaimed.
Like any vote, the winning play was met with controversy, but the fans have spoken.
I’m sure it’s a moment Giants fans won’t soon forget, either. Thanks so much for that little gift, Matt Dodge.
Let’s face it — there is no way you can hear that play referenced without wanting to watch it. So watch it again and again below.