NFL Pandemonium

NFL Pandemonium
By Donny Mahoney Updated

Football fans, you watch a lifetime of games and you see maybe one or two that end as dramatically, as crazily as the Eagles and the Giants in NJ yesterday.


Context: Giants v Eagles. Late season. Bitter rivals. Old-school feud. A dramatic history. A Patton Oswalt movie about a Giant fan who murders an Eagles fan. Both team had the same records. The winner would probably take the NFC East. The loser would probably be out of the playoffs.

The game itself: Completely dominated by the G-men. They were up 24-3 at halftime and 31-10 in the 4th quarter. The Eagles looked done. Mike Vick lead the Eagles back for three touchdowns, but still the Giants had the ball with a minute left and good field position. All they need is a field goal. But they get nothing and they have to punt. The game seems bound for overtime. Essentially all they have to do is tackle DeSean Johnson of the Eagles, who happens to be one of the fastest guys in the league. It didn't go to plan. Here's how Eagles radio did the call:


So much madness. If Johnson hadn't dropped the ball at first he would have ran right into a tackle. But he exploded upfield. (I was illegally streaming the game at home - Jackson was beginning his run when the stream froze for a minute - it was hard to guess what had happened, but I can sense something insane was about to go down. When the stream restored, he was in the endzone. And then Jackson ran along the goal-line like an utter prick. It was all the genius and arrogance of the NFL rolled into one. Football, baby! Gotta love it.


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