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DeSean Jackson caps off his 65 yard touchdown return vs. the New York Giants in 2010 ( (Chris Faytok/The Star-Ledger))
Eliot Shorr-Parks, NJ.com By Eliot Shorr-Parks, NJ.com
on April 09, 2013 at 1:25 PM, updated April 09, 2013 at 1:35 PM
[Reprinted by The DeSean Jackson Foundation, Wednesday, April 10, 2013.]
Eagles DeSean Jackson’s game-winning punt return vs. Giants voted NFL’s ‘Greatest Play Ever’
Dubbed “Miracle at the Meadowlands No.2″, DeSean Jackson’s amazing punt return vs. the New York Giants in 2010 has been voted the “Greatest Play of All Time” by NFL.com
Jackson’s 65 yard game winning punt return- with no time left on the clock- beat out a Steve Young touchdown run vs. the Minnesota Vikings. Jackson’s punt return won by close to 16 million votes (58,635,836 to 42,853,011). The winner was decided by a fan vote.
The voting has been going on for close to a month and started with 64 plays. Jackson’s punt return beat out a Michael Vick touchdown run, a hail mary by Billy ‘White Shoes’ Johnson, a touchdown run by Barry Sanders, ‘The Catch’, and a Troy Polamalu flying tackle.
Jackson’s famous touchdown came on December 19th with just 12 seconds left, capping off a 21-point comeback by the Eagles. After fumbling the punt initially, Jackson took off and went almost untouched on his way to the end zone. Tom Coughlin told Matt Dodge to not punt the ball to Jackson, but the punter was unable to do so.
At the time, the win was viewed as the start of something special for the Eagles. Things did not workout that way, however, as they lost in the first round of the playoffs that year. It was a devastating loss for the Giants as it kept them out of the playoffs.