The dream drive? No, it was a nightmare

November, 21, 2011
11/21/11
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It was the dream drive -- unless, of course, you're a Giants fan.

In that case, it was a nightmare. The drive from hell. The drive that may end up serving as the beginning of the end to your team's playoff hopes.

Quarterback Vince Young -- yes, Vince “Dream Team” Young -- orchestrated an 18-play, 80-yard drive that took 8 minutes, 51 seconds and was capped off by his eight-yard touchdown pass to Riley Cooper with 2:45 remaining that gave the Eagles a stunning 17-10 victory over the Giants at MetLife Stadium.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, it matches the most plays on a game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime since 2001, and ranks third in terms of time elapsed (more on that below). It’s the longest of either kind of drive by a visiting team. On the drive, Young completed all four of his third-down throws, including the game-winning score.

“It’s happened to us before a couple of times,” coach Andy Reid said. “We’ve had a couple of long drives on us. We were able to flip that over and get one, which is incredible.”

Incredible indeed. Coming into Sunday night’s game, the Eagles had lost five games when leading in the fourth quarter, and had been outscored 74-27 in the final stanza.

They wound up losing a 10-3 lead when Eli Manning connected with Victor Cruz on a 24-yard touchdown with 11:44 left. But this time, they didn’t lose the game.

“We just wanted to take it one play at a time, and that’s pretty much what we were saying on the sideline,” Young said. “Take our time and make plays.”

They did.

“I thought the guys generated great energy,” Reid said. “They’re aware that they haven’t done well in the fourth quarter. They rallied it. They stepped up when they needed to step up and they played well. My hat’s off to my
guys. I’m proud.”

Most Plays on Game-Winning Drive
4th Quarter and Overtime, Since 2001

Eagles at NYG ... Sunday ... 18
Saints vs CAR ... 10/3/10 ... 18
Titans vs ARI ... 11/29/09 ... 18

Most Time Elapsed on Game-Winning Drive
4th Quarter and Overtime, Since 2001

Saints vs CAR ... 10/3/10 ... 9:25
Buccaneers vs MIN ... 11/16/08 ... 8:52
Eagles at NYG ... Sunday ... 8:51

DeSean Jackson had one eventful evening.

He got called for a taunting penalty which negated his 50-yard reception. He took a punt back 51 yards and nearly scored. He also had a critical 10-yard reception on third-and-4 at the Giants’ 20 on the Eagles’ final drive to keep it alive.

On the injury front, he managed to bang his knee up pretty good, missed some of the game and sported a huge boot on his right foot in the locker room. He said he sprained something, but was going to be “all right.”

A reporter asked Reid if he thought Jackson was “maddening.”

“When he returns those long punts, I find him quite appealing,” Reid replied.

• Speaking of the “Dream Team,” Young said, “Really, no comment about that. I mean, people blew it out of proportion. It was just how I felt about the team, about the individual guys coming in, one of those teams if we continue to keep working. So guys just blew it out of proportion. That’s in the past.

Young is now 3-0 in his career lifetime when facing the Giants.

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