Most of the 81,000-plus people at New Meadowlands Stadium couldn't believe that DeSean Jackson of the Eagles returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the game. Eagles WR Jason Avant, however, had a valid excuse.
Avant was briefly knocked out during the play after throwing a block on Giants long-snapper Zak DeOssie that helped spring Jackson into the open field. Although he didn't see it, Avant told the Philadelphia Daily News that he knew his block would help the Eagles win the game.
"When I saw [Jackson] break the initial wave, and I saw a lane to the right, I knew if I got [DeOssie], he was gonna score," Avant said. "So I just threw it in there. I knew he scored. Me being knocked out just reminded me of a dream I had of us winning on the last play, but I didn't know who it was against."
The way we see it
Unsung plays like the one Avant made are the reason players like Jackson can make big plays that win games. The Eagles are now in first place in the NFC East with the all-important tiebreaker over the Giants.