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Recalling the DeSean walkoff punt return game 10 years later

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DeSean Jackson was speechless.

It was Dec. 19, 2010 — 10 years ago today — and Jackson had just recorded one of the greatest plays in Eagles history, his legendary 65-yard walk-off punt return against the Giants.

He walked into the interview room at MetLife Stadium still in full uniform and stood there at the podium and looked around the room and said, "I just need a few minutes."

And DeSean stood there and tried to collect his thoughts, and you can't blame him for being speechless.

That's the kind of day it was.

To recap: The Giants took a 31-10 lead on Eli Manning's TD pass to Kevin Boss with 8:17 left in the game before the Eagles scored on Michael Vick's 65-yard TD pass to Brent Celek at 7:28, Vick's 4-yard run with 5:28 left, Vick's 13-yard TD pass to Jeremy Maclin at 1:16 and D-Jack's historic punt return for a 38-31 win.

That was the high point of the 2010 season. The Joe Webb game was nine days later and then the Packers playoff loss.

But for one day, the Eagles were on top of the NFL world, and that game was wild enough that as we sit here a decade later, it's worth revisiting the 10 Greatest Things about the Eagles' historic comeback win over the Giants 10 years ago today.

1. The Eagles trailed 31-10 with 7½ minutes left in the fourth quarter, so they scored 28 points in under eight minutes. The 28 points are tied for 9th-most in NFL history in a fourth quarter, and that's tied for the most points the Eagles have ever scored in any regular-season quarter and the second-most ever. They scored 31 in the second quarter of the 1995 wild-card win over the Lions at the Vet. 

 

2. Michael Vick rushed for 130 yards, 94 of them in the final 7½ minutes. He had runs of 35, 33 and 22 yards during that stretch as well as a 4-yard TD run. 

3. Vick threw for 242 yards — 121 in the first 52 minutes and 121 in the last 8 minutes. So he had a combined 157 yards running and throwing through the middle of the fourth quarter and 215 yards in the final 7½ minutes.

4. Vick became the second QB in NFL history and first in 59 years to run for 130 yards and throw three TDs in a game. Tobin Rote of the Packers did it in a 52-35 loss to the Packers at Briggs Stadium in Detroit in 1951.

5. D-Jack's punt return remains the only game-winning punt return with no time remaining in NFL history.

6. The Giants outgained the Eagles 341-204 in the game's first 52 minutes. The Eagles outgained the Giants 214-23 in the final 8 minutes. 

7.  After the Eagles cut the lead to 31-17 on the Celek TD, David Akers executed a successful onside kick, with Riley Cooper recovering. That's the last time the Eagles pulled off a successful onside kick in a win.

8. The Eagles' 35 second-half points tied a franchise record set in a 52-10 win over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium in 1981. It was the most points the Giants had allowed in a second half in 43 years.

9. The comeback from 21 points down was the fourth-largest in Eagles history but the largest ever in a fourth quarter. The 21-point blown lead is third-largest in Giants history and largest in a fourth quarter.

10. The Eagles' three 4th-quarter offensive scoring drives netted 220 yards and totaled 4 minutes, 34 seconds. That's an average of 91 seconds per scoring drive.

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