Vince Young's 'The Drive'

Vince Young's 'The Drive'

VY's eight-yard touchdown pass to Riley Cooper for the Eagles to retake the lead with 2:50 remaining in Sunday night's 17-10 win over the Giants wasn't just any game-winning touchdown pass. In order to get the ball across the goal line, the offense needed nearly nine full minutes and 18 plays to travel 80 yards.

And it could not have happened without Young's poise. The Eagles found themselves in third down on six separate occasions after starting with six first downs, and the quarterback converted five of them -- four pass, one rush.

1. 3rd and 10 at PHI 33, he finds Riley Cooper dragging across the middle, the coverage trailing woefully behind. Young waits before calmly dumping the ball into the space vacated by the defense.

2. 3rd and 3 at NYG 42, it's Clay Harbor running a quick route to the sideline, catching the Giants a little off guard. Maybe Clay's biggest reception of the season.

3. 3rd and 1 at NYG 27, Vince Young sneaks, and is initially denied. He leans away from the pile before plowing forward a second time, pushing through the tangled mass of bodies for the yard before the blue jerseys are able to get their hands on him.

4. 3rd and 4 @ NYG 20, DeSean Jackson wants in on this action. Jackson, playing through injury in a gutsy performance one week after getting deactivated for disciplinary reasons, gets open near the sidelines and adds some yards after the catch to give the Birds goal to go.

5. 3rd and goal at NYG 8, Young patiently stands in the pocket and scans the field as he has done most of the night, until fellow second-teamer Cooper uncovers at the back of the end zone. Earlier, Young was intercepted looking for Coop in the paint, but this time they connect for the unlikely victory.

Young made some mistakes, but I thought as the game wore on, and he got more comfortable making his first start in over a year -- plus first for a new team, first in a new system -- he was playing at a high level. There really is no arguing that wasn't the case in the fourth course.

NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

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NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
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# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours

Deadline: November 20

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The pick-six that 'everyone down Broad Street heard'

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The pick-six that 'everyone down Broad Street heard'

Patrick Robinson was talking a little trash with some Eagles teammates before the NFC Championship, so when he came up with an interception, he sort of had to back it up.

“Two hours before the game, I was like, 'When I get a pick, I'm not going out of bounds,'" Robinson said. "When I got it, I was running down the sideline, and I was like, 'No, I definitely can't go out of bounds,' so I just cut it back upfield.”

The end result was a 50-yard return for a touchdown — a play that served to energize the Eagles, the home crowd and an entire fan base during the 38-7 win over the Vikings (see Roob's observations).

“I don't think it just pumped up the offense," Nick Foles said. "I think it pumped up the whole City of Philadelphia. I think everyone down Broad Street heard that.”

Not only did Robinson's pick-six tie the score at seven in the first quarter, it shifted the momentum in the Eagles' favor permanently.

There was an uneasy feeling over Lincoln Financial Field after the Vikings marched straight down the field on a nine-play touchdown drive. A penalty on the ensuing Eagles punt improved Minnesota's field position, while a conversion on third-and-long moved the offense close to midfield. Nothing was going right.

"We had to make a play because they drove right down and scored," Chris Long said. "If we didn't have believe in ourselves and a little toughness, you might've thought, 'Oh, man, it's gonna be a long night.' I know some people probably thought that watching on TV or whatever, but we know what we're capable of as a defense.

“On us, on defense, we had to go out and make a big play and create a turnover.”

Long did exactly that. The 32-year-old pass rusher beat the protection and reached Vikings quarterback Case Keenum mid-throw. The result was a pass that came up woefully short of its intended target — what Robinson described as "an easy pick."

Far less simple was the return. Robinson began by running down the sideline with a convoy of Eagles defenders. Then, with precious little room to maneuver and a promise not to run out of bounds, he cut all the way across to the opposite side of the field, outracing the remaining Vikings players to the pylon.

It was a runback worthy of a certain Eagles All-Pro punt returner.

“Pat, man, he was unbelievable out there," Long said. "He was like Darren Sproles with the ball.”

Robinson was happy to play the part, at one point directing fellow cornerback Ronald Darby to throw a key block that ultimately allowed him to get into the end zone.

“A lot of times you get a pick, there's always one guy that slips through the pack and gets a guy who has the ball," Robinson said. "But this time, all our guys were running hard and trying to make blocks for me.”

For a team that's leaned on home-field advantage all season long, winning nine games in their own building, you better believe that play came at a critical juncture in the contest.

"It got the crowd into it," Malcolm Jenkins said. "Defensively, that first drive, we were kind of uncharacteristic in the run game, missing tackles, just kind of leaky and unsettled. Once we got that, we evened the score back up, it was, 'OK, that was our restart.'

“The crowd is into it. Our offense got going. Defense started getting stops. That was a huge play in the game.”