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Big plays topped by bigger plays in victory

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- On the Eagles’ last scheduled visit to this place, to the site of so many strange doings over the last three and a half decades, to Jimmy Hoffa’s windswept sepulchre, it seemed as if bizarre was somehow preordained. Last night at Giants Stadium, it was as if history demanded it.

Big plays topped by bigger plays in victory

Asante Samuel celebrated as he left the field following the Eagles´ win. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)
Asante Samuel celebrated as he left the field following the Eagles' win. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- On the Eagles’ last scheduled visit to this place, to the site of so many strange doings over the last three and a half decades, to Jimmy Hoffa’s windswept sepulchre, it seemed as if bizarre was somehow preordained. Last night at Giants Stadium, it was as if history demanded it.

This is where Herman Edwards once committed a miracle, and where Randall Cunningham once punted a ball 91 yards. It is where Clyde Simmons once returned an Eagles field goal that had been blocked for a touchdown, and where Brian Westbrook once saved an Eagles season with an 84-yard punt return for the ages.

Now it is a place where the Eagles blew a 30-17 halftime lead to the Giants and still won, 45-38, in the highest scoring game in the history of the rivalry.

It is a place where big plays were topped bigger plays. A place where strange whistles were topped by stranger whistles. A place where the only certainty was gained when the clock finally ran out, with the Giants the losers, with the Eagles the victors, with a 9-4 record and first place in the NFC East now in their back pockets with three games remaining in the season.

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To reach that perch, the Eagles had to walk through a circus constructed in a minefield. They needed Sheldon Brown to return a fumble 60 yards for one touchdown and they needed DeSean Jackson to continue to build on his historic, outrageous resume, with a magnificent 72-yard punt return for one touchdown and a 60-yard reception for another.

They needed all of that and more. It would take too much time to document it, no less understand it.
 

Rich Hofmann Daily News Sports Columnist
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Rich Hofmann arrived at the Daily News in 1980 for a job whose status was officially designated as "full-time, temporary." A senior at Penn at the time, he was hired to fill in on the copy desk during a staff illness. The notion of him covering the Eagles or being a columnist did not exist in anyone's imagination. It was supposed to be six weeks and out, but he never left. It is only one of the reasons why so many people have concerns about him as a potential house guest. Rich has blogged the postseasons of the Flyers and Eagles. E-mail Rich at hofmanr@phillynews.com Reach Rich at hofmanr@phillynews.com.

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