EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 20: Vince Young #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles throws a pass against the New York Giants in the first half at MetLife Stadium on November 20, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
The Eagles have choked up five fourth quarter leads this season and as they headed into the final frame of this one, it looked as though it was going to happen again. Eli Manning led the Giants on a 5 play, 73 yard drive to tie the game at 10 all and it looked like the weekly collapse was on. But then, something pretty amazing happened.
Vince Young led the Eagles on 18 play, 80 yard drive which ate nearly 9 minutes off the clock and culminated in a go ahead to TD pass to Riley Cooper.
"I just basically told the offense to stay focused." Young said after the game, "Don't try to do anything too big and just take it one play at a time. "
And they really did take it one play at a time. Young and the Eagles offense converted five third downs on the drive. It was a game and a drive that would Tim Tebow proud. Young wasn't very good for three quarters, but he finished in a way we haven't seen all year.
And just to make this night even more surreal. The Giants get the ball back with 1:41 left, quickly drive 64 yards and suddenly we're all thinking that epic drive was for naught... But as Eli Manning rolled out on a first down play from the Eagles 21, Jason Babin hit him from the blind side, forcing a fumble that was recovered by Derek Landri (who had a monter game BTW) sealing the victory.
And just to finish it off, LeSean McCoy, who had been frustrated by lack of running lanes all night broke off a 60 yard rush to put him over 1,000 yards on the season. He was unfortunately stopped just two yards shy of the end zone, which meant his streak of consecutive games with a TD ends at nine.
As fun as this game was, one thought has to be driving us all crazy. How bad does that Cardinals loss look now? Had the Eagles won that game, they'd be just a game back in the NFC East right now.