Is Desean Jackson’s Game Winning Punt Return TD “Play Of The Year?”
There are really no other words for what Desean Jackson pulled off on Sunday in a game against division rivals the New York Giants.
Never mind the fact the Philadelphia Eagles were down 31-10 with just under eight minutes to go in the fourth quarter. Sure, they could have laid down, but Michael Vick wouldn’t let them. Any other day, he would have been the most valuable player by marching his team to three touchdowns in six minutes to tie up a game which looked dead in the water.
But this isn’t about Michael Vick. He’s received enough accolades this year.
This is about Desean Jackson.
With thirteen seconds left on the clock, the New York Giants were forced to punt. No big deal. Just kick the ball somewhere Jackson can’t get his hands on it. So the fact that rookie punter Matt Dodge kicked a line drive to Jackson was a surprise to everyone, including Jackson who fumbled the punt. But the electric Jackson wasted no time scooping up the ball and darting towards a seam in what seemed like a nanosecond. Sixty-five yards later and the game was over. 38-31. Eagles win.
The Giants should’ve never kicked him the ball and it still took Jackson’s supreme athletic ability to find the seam, bust through it and outrun the entire Giants team—while picking up one nasty block by Jason Avant—and score what will go down as the only game-winning punt return on the final play from scrimmage.
It’s history baby.