Monday, December 20, 2010
Quite a Vick-tory for Jackson and Eagles
More on the Philadelphia Eagles' wild comeback win over the New York Giants on Sunday.
By now, everyone knows that DeSean Jackson returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown, crossing the goal line with no time on the clock to break a tie and give the Eagles a 38-31 win after being down 21 points less than eight minutes earlier. The Giants also led by 21 at halftime, making this the third time in the last 70 years that they have lost a game after leading by at least that much at intermission.
The touchdown was Jackson's 11th that covered 60 yards or more, by far the most of that kind since he entered the league in 2008. He leads the league with four 60-yard scores this season alone. Since 1960, only Gale Sayers (12) has scored more 60-yard touchdowns before his 25th birthday than Jackson has, and the Eagles star doesn't turn 25 until December 1, 2011.
Michael Vick ran for 130 yards -- 94 of them in the fourth quarter -- and a touchdown, the fourth-most rushing yards he's ever had in a single game and the most he's had as an Eagle.
Vick also threw for 242 yards and three touchdowns, becoming just the third player since 1960 to run for 100 yards, throw for 200 and have at least three total touchdowns. The other two were also Eagles quarterbacks: Donovan McNabb against the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2002 and Randall Cunningham against the New England Patriots in 1990.
According to the win probability information at AdvancedNFLStats.com, here was the Eagles’ chance of winning at various points during Sunday’s game against the Giants at the Meadowlands. The numbers are based on historical averages for NFL teams in the same situation.
Philadelphia rallied from having about a 1-in-100 chance of winning after the Giants took a 31-10 lead midway through the fourth quarter all the way back to a 100 percent definite victory after DeSean Jackson’s “walk-off” punt-return TD. Jackson’s return alone accounted for a 46 percent increase in win probability for the Eagles.