What were you doing nine years ago today? Where were you at?
I know exactly where I was. I was 16 years old and sitting in my parents’ living room. It’s a flashbulb memory for me, as I’m sure it is for a lot of Eagles fans. I couldn’t tell you what happened on December 18, 2010 or December 20, 2010, but I could talk to you for days (I boiled it down to 25 or so minutes for you all though) about what happened on December 19, 2010.
I think back to having an increasingly troublesome case of the Sunday Scaries, likely dreading some Latin test I half-assed studied for, only made worse as the Giants proceeded to smash the 9-4 Eagles at MetLife Stadium, a.k.a. the New Meadowlands. Trailing 31-10 with less than eight minutes left, the game was over. The Eagles had pulled themselves out of some dire situations in the past, but this felt insurmountable.
We all know what happened next. Michael Vick went into a phone booth and changed into his superhero outfit, David Akers absolutely nailed an onside kick and Vick scrambled his way down the field again and again before DeSean Jackson forever catapulted himself into Eagles lore with one of the greatest walk-off plays in the history of the sport. The invaluable duo of Merrill Reese of Mike Quick delivered a radio call for the ages on top of that:
On this special edition of From the Bleachers, I look back on my experience watching the Miracle at the New Meadowlands, how I treasure the moment and how my emotions surrounding it have changed in the nine years since. Even in the midst of Dallas Week, it’s great to look back on my favorite pre-2017 Eagles memory. We can only hope the Birds have an afternoon half as iconic as this on Sunday.