On December 19th, 2010, DeSean Jackson returned a punt 65 yards for an improbable 65-yard walkoff touchdown against the New York Giants.
The play capped off an electrifying 21-point comeback in the last eight minutes of the fourth quarter, and helped the Eagles practically wrap up their fifth division title of the Andy Reid era.
As expected, Jackson’s punt return was the winner of several awards.
It was named by Ballhyped.com as the top sports play of the season. The Hail Mary caught by Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Mike Thomas was the only other NFL play to make the top 10.
It was also named the FOXSports NFL Play of the Year. FOXSports selected 10 plays, and Jackson’s play received 55 percent of the vote. New England Patriots guard Dan Connolly’s 71-yard kick return was the number two play, grabbing 27 percent of the vote. The other eight plays split the remaining 18 percent.
The play was also named as the SportsCenter’s number two play of the year. It was the NFL’s top play, and trailed only the between-the-legs flip by Chicago White Sox Mark Buehrle on Opening Day.
And in the opinion of this writer, the play is arguably the greatest regular season play in the history of the Philadelphia Eagles.