EAST RUTHERFORD NJ - DECEMBER 19: Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks to pass against the New York Giants during their game on December 19 2010 at The New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Michael Vick Named NFC Offensive Player Of The Week For Comeback Over Giants

The Eagles pulled off the greatest comeback of the season overcoming a 21 point 4th quarter deficit to beat the Giants 38-31 at the Meadowlands.

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Michael Vick Named NFC Offensive Player Of The Week For Comeback Over Giants

Michael Vick has been named the NFC Offensive Player Of The Week for his unbelievable fourth quarter performance against the New York Giants last weekend. He threw three touchdowns and ran for another in one of the great comebacks in franchise history. The Eagles erased a 21 point deficit in the final 8 minutes to beat the Giants and take control of the NFC East.

This is the seventh time in his career Vick has won the offensive player of the week and the third time this season. He’s won the award three times in the past seven weeks. Clearly Vick is making a serious push for the MVP.

Vick also threw for 242 yards and rushed for another 130.


Giants Left Speechless After Epic Collapse To Eagles

For an Eagles fan, reading the comments of Giants players and coaches was a mix of sad and funny. On one hand, these are our rivals, they talk a lot of trash, and we don’t like them. On the other hand, if you put yourself in their shoes for a second, it’s hard to even fathom how you’d react to being a part of that.

After a game is usually when players start to spout their robotic cliches about “working harder” and having to “put it behind us,” but the Giants really couldn’t even do that today. In fact, Osi Umenyiora wasn’t even sure the team could get over it.

“We’ll find out if we can recover. It’s hard to envision the way to recover from this,” defensive end Osi Umenyiora said. “There’s no blueprint for what we do to get over this.”

“I’ve never been around anything like this in my life,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “It’s about as empty as you get to feel in this business.”

“I’m in disbelief right now; I’m in shock,” said TE Kevin Boss. “The mistakes that we made were costly and I’m in disbelief right now.”

“No words, no explanation,” said DT Barry Cofield. “This is about as bad a loss as you can suffer.”

“The locker room is devastated and it should be,” said DE Justin Tuck. “We let one slip out of our hands. We had an opportunity to basically seal up the NFC East today, had it and lost it.”

I imagine Giants fans are feeling the same way right now, except they probably add “anger” to the “shock” and “disbelief.”


Michael Vick Leads Eagles To Miraculous Comeback Over Giants 38-31

Michael Vick and the Eagles overcame a 21 point fourth quarter deficit to stun the Giants 38-31 at the Meadowlands. It was the Eagles tenth win of the season and put them firmly in control of the NFC East. Vick certainly bolstered his already strong MVP credentials in a fourth quarter where he simply took over the game facing one of the NFL’s best defenses. He finished the day 21-35 for 242 yds & 3 TDs plus 130 yards on the ground and a rushing TD.

While Vick’s heroics were enough to tie the game, it was DeSean Jackson who won it an incredible 65 yard punt return with no time on the clock. Giants rookie punter Matt Dodge took a high snap with :14 seconds left in the game and just needed to kick the ball out of bounds or away from Jackson. He ended up hitting a line drive straight at him. Jackson initially bobbled the kick but picked up the ball, paused to look for a lane, and shot up the middle of the Giants coverage team. It was only a second or two before he was beyond the punter and and strolling into the end zone with game clock at zero.

Just seven minutes earlier it looked as if Jackson would be playing the role of the goat. He had caught a 30 yard pass over the middle which he appeared at first to fumble. Replays clearly showed that he was touched on his way down which would have negated the fumble, but Andy Reid inexplicably opted not challenge the play. The Giants took over and quickly marched down the field to take a 21 point lead. It looked like the game was over.

On the ensuing drive Michael Vick would hit Brent Celek for a 65 yard TD for a quick score. The Eagles then caught the Giants completely off guard when David Akers executed a perfect onside kick which was recovered by rookie WR Riley Cooper. On play later Michael Vick escapes a sack and busts off a 35 yard run down to the Giants 9 yard line. Four plays after that he runs the ball off tackle four yards for a TD.

The Giants were reeling at that point. The get the ball back with five minutes left and manage just one first down before they had to punt. Michael Vick takes over and rushes for gains of 33 and 22 on the next drive before hitting Jeremy Maclin from 13 yards out to tie the game at 31. In just 7 minutes, the Eagles had erased a 21 point deficit.

The Giants then get the ball back with 1:10 remaining. Eli Manning quickly throws two incomplete passes and gets sacked on third down by Trevor Laws. The sack allowed the Giants to take the clock down to :14 before they had to punt to DeSean Jackson. The rest is history.

The win put the Eagles at 10-4 and in firm control of the NFC East. The Eagles will clinch with another win or Giants loss. The Eagles host the Vikings next week in prime time while the Giants travel to Green Bay to face the Packers in a game where both teams will be fighting for their playoff lives.


Video: DeSean Jackson's Stunning Walk Off Punt Return Against Giants

With shades of Brian Westbrook in 2002, DeSean Jackson makes his mark with one of the most memorable plays in Eagles history.


Eagles Vs Giants: Eagles Score 14 Points In Two Minutes To Make It 31-24

What a miraculous turn of events in the Meadowlands. Midway through the fourth quarter DeSean Jackson caught a 20+ yard pass over the middle and appeared at first to fumble it. Replays clearly showed that he was touched on his way down which would have negated the fumble. Andy Reid inexplicably opted not challenge the play, the Giants took over and promptly marched down the field to take a 21 point lead. That’s where it got interesting.

Michael Vick hit Brent Celek for a 65 yard TD on the ensuing drive. Then David Akers executes a perfect onsides kick that caught the Giants completely by surprise. Riley Cooper recovers and the Eagles suddenly have all the momentum. Michael Vick then escapes a sacks and runs the ball 35 yards to get the Eagles into the red zone. A few plays later he runs the ball off tackle five yards for a TD.

The Giants have the ball back with 5 minutes to go and the Meadowlands crowd stunned.


Eagles Nate Allen Reportedly Tears Patellar Tendon, Done For The Year

Word out of Giants stadium is that Eagles rookie safety Nate Allen has a torn patella tendon in his knee and will miss the remainder of the year. Allen was the Eagles second overall pick this season, they lost their first overall pick, Brandon Graham, last week to a torn ACL.

The patella tendon connects the knee cap and according to what I’ve read it is a somewhat rare but not a really tough injury to repair. Allen can be expected to be 100% after surgery, but it’ll definitely cost him the rest of this year and he’ll have a lot of rehab work in the offseason. He will liekly be able to put full weight on the knee after six weeks and complete recovery should be around six months.

Of course, this does vary depending on the severity of the injury… either way there’s a lot of work ahead for Allen.


Eagles Vs Giants: Controversial Call Puts Giants Up 24-3 At The Half

It was a nightmare end to the first half for the Eagles, who gave up 10 points in a span of about 15 seconds. Once again the victim of a TD throw was Dimitri Patterson.

The Eagles defense had held the Giants to a FG on the previous drive and gave the offense the ball back with :48 left in the half. After a Michael Vick scramble on first down, Jeremy Maclin caught and then fumbled a ball which the Giants returned to the Eagles three yard line. Maclin never appeared to have possession of the ball, which the Fox crew agreed with. However, the play would be upheld after a replay and the GIants would score on the very next play. Dimitri Patterson gave Hakeem Nicks an inexplicably large cushion at the goal line which allowed him to just turn around make a simple catch for a TD.

That’s three 3 TDs for the Giants in the first half, all of which you can reasonably say where Patterson’s fault.


Eagles Vs Giants: Giants Score First With Manningham TD

The Eagles and Giants were locked in a defensive struggle for most of the first quarter, but the stalemate was broken when Eli Manning hit Mario Manningham for a 35 yard TD.

Manningham and CB Dimitri Patterson looked to be almost wrestling in the secondary until Manningham broke off and got wide open for an easy Giants TD. Patterson was flagged on the play.

The Eagles defense has completely shut down the Giants run game leading to a lot of 2nd and 3rd and longs, but the Giants have been able to convert through the air to keep drives alive. They converted three third downs on their scoring drive.

The Eagles offense hasn’t done much so far, with Michael Vick throwing a bad pick on the bird’s opening drive. He’s just 1-4 for 5 yards so far. The Eagles have had some success on the ground with LeSean McCoy gaining 23 yards on two carries. He needs just five more yards to go over 1,000 on the season.


Eagles Vs Giants: DeSean Jackson, Asante Samuel Active

The Eagles have announced their inactives and both Asante Samuel and DeSean Jackson will play against the Giants. However starting RT Winston Justice is still not ready to go. King Dunlap will start in his place.

The other inactives, Stewart Bradley, Keenan Clayton, Austin Howard, Derrick Burgess, Garrett Mills & Brandon Hughes.

Getting Asante Samuel back is big for an Eagles secondary that has struggled in recent weeks without him. Plus, Samuel is a notorious Manning Killer. He's intercepted the Giants QB four times in the last four games between the two teams.

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