New York Giants: Randall Cunningham

There have been worse than this

December, 19, 2010
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Cheer up,Giants fans. Sunday's game against the Eagles was a stunning, disgusting, horrifying loss. But on the scale of epically horrendous Giants defeats, this has some pretty significant company. Be glad it wasn't ...

Nov. 19, 1978
Eagles 19, Giants 17


For regular-season defeats, it doesn’t get more epic than this one. You'll see the flashback on SportsCenter probably more times than you can count in the next 24 hours. Quarterback Joe Pisarcik, rather than take a knee, fumbles on his own 26-yard line in the final seconds and Herm Edwards scoops the ball up and runs it in for the winning score.

The Giants, 5-6 and in the playoff hunt entering the game, won one of their last four games after that humiliating loss and finished 6-10

Jan. 7, 1990
NFC divisional playoff
Rams 19, Giants 13 (OT)


This one didn't feature an epic collapse (the Rams hit a pair of field goals in the fourth quarter to tie) but featured an ending that left mouths agape at the Meadowlands. Jim Everett hit Flipper Anderson on a 30-yard touchdown throw just 1:06 into overtime. Anderson never broke stride after making the catch, disappearing down the end zone tunnel for the a victory celebration.

Dec. 27, 1997
NFC wild-card playoff
Vikings 23, Giants 22


Leading 22-13 late with a little more than four minutes left at the snowy Meadowland and the Vikings having basically conceded by punting, the Giants gave away their season in a stunning turn of events. After getting the ball back at midfield (thanks to a bad punt by Brad Maynard, who now has some company in Matt Dodge), the Vikings cut the Giants lead to 22-20 when Randall Cunningham threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Jake Reed.

The Vikings then successfully recovered an onside kick that bounced off the hands of Giants receiver Chris Calloway, and drove for the win. A pass interference penalty and a 16-yard run by Robert Smith set up Eddie Murray's chip-shot 23-yard field goal for the lead. Ten seconds later, the Giants' season was over.

Jan. 5, 2003
NFC wild-card playoff
49ers 39, Giants 38


After winning their final four regular season games, the 2002 Giants had momentum and a big lead in San Francisco, and appeared to be on the way to an easy win.

But the Giants collapsed, blowing a 38-14 advantage with 19 minutes remaining. Quarterback Jeff Garcia and wide receiver Terrell Owens were the key figures in the comeback, combining on a touchdownand two-point conversion.

The Giants botched a chance to win when long snapper Trey Junkin's bad snap forced holder Matt Allen into a desperation pass that fell incomplete as time expired.

It would be a long time before Giants fans could feel good about their team again. The Giants went 4-12 and 6-10 over the next two seasons. The 2010 Giants hope a similar hangover doesn't await them.

History of Giants' heartbreak when Eagles come to town

December, 19, 2010
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Sunday's wild game was the Eagles' first visit to New Meadowlands Stadium, and it reinforced a theme in this NFC East rivalry:

No matter where they play, the Eagles enjoy visiting the Giants and stealing games late.

Oct. 19, 1978
Miracle at the Meadowlands

The Giants led 17-12 and offensive coordinator Bob Gibson inexplicably called for a run play -- with 31 seconds left and 30 ticks on the play clock -- instead of a kneel-down. Quarterback Joe Pisarcik tried to hand off to Larry Csonka but fumbled the exchange. The ball bounced to defensive back Herm Edwards, who ran into the end zone for the game-winning score.

Nov. 20, 1988
Eagles return blocked kick for TD, win in OT

After the Eagles scored a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter to tie the game and force overtime, they lined up in OT for a potential game-winning field goal from 30 yards out. The Giants blocked Luis Zendejas' kick, which went right into the hands of the Eagles' Clyde Simmons, who ran the ball in for a score to win the game.


AP Photo/Chris Gardner
Brian Westbrook scores on the 84-yard punt return that sunk the Giants on Oct. 19, 2003.


Dec. 3, 1989
Cunningham's 91-yard punt changes game

The Eagles and Giants were tied at 17 in the fourth quarter when Philly had a third-and-long at its own 2-yard line. So what did the Eagles do? They had Randall Cunningham punt the ball -- and it went 91 yards, totally changing the field position in the game. On the Giants' ensuing possession, Phil Simms was sacked by Mike Golic and fumbled the ball. That led to an Eagles touchdown that proved to be the game winner.

Oct. 19, 2003 | Recap
Westbrook's punt return wins it

With 1:16 left, Brian Westbrook took a punt back 84 yards to lift the Eagles to a 14-10 win at the Giants. The Eagles hadn't scored or mustered much offense since Westbrook had a TD run in the first quarter.

Dec. 19, 2010 | Recap
Eagles score 28 unanswered points to win

The Eagles make themselves at home in their first game at New Meadowlands Stadium, this time scoring a franchise-record 28 points in the fourth quarter. All 28 came within the final 7:28, bookended by a 65-yard TD reception by Brent Celek and a 65-yard punt return by DeSean Jackson on the last play of regulation.

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