Another Miracle at The Meadowlands: Top 15 Memorable Eagles Wins at New York

Adrian FedkiwAnalyst IIIDecember 20, 2010

Another Miracle at The Meadowlands: Top 15 Memorable Eagles Wins at New York

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    Nick Laham/Getty Images

    Whether it's the old Meadowlands or the New Meadowlands, the Philadelphia Eagles are still finding ways to make miracles happen against New York.

    Today's installment of the bitter Giants/Eagles feud was just another game in this recently one-sided rivalry.

    I present you the top 15 Eagles wins against the Giants in New York.

    If you're an Eagles fan, enjoy!

    If you're a Giants fan, well, just look away.

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15. 1991 Week 15 Phi: 19-14

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    Eagles QB Jeff KempRick Stewart/Getty Images

    The Eagles outscored the Giants 9-0 in the second-half with kicker Roger Ruzek booting three field goals (21,51,36).

    Philadelphia's offensive line propelled the Eagles to 151 yards on the ground in 35 carries.

    The Eagles went 10-6 on the year, winning seven of their final eight games.

14. 2008 Week 14 Phi: 20-14

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    Eagles RB Brian WestbrookAl Bello/Getty Images

    The Eagles handed the Giants their first home loss of the season as the Birds converted an incredible 12-of-18 third downs.

    Eagles running back, Brian Westbrook, carried the ball a career-high 33 times.  He accumulated 203 yards of total offense and two touchdowns.

    The Giants scored a touchdown with 20 ticks left to cut the lead to six, but were unable to recover an onside kick.

    This result was just a prelude of what was to come in the Divisional Playoffs. 

13. 1980 Week 6 Phi: 31-16

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    Eagles head coach Dick Vermeil

    Louie Giammona comes off the pine to take over for an injured Wilbert Montgomery and rushes for two touchdowns.  Giammona, coincidentally, is the nephew of then head coach Dick Vermeil.

    The Eagles won 11 of their first 12 games and wound up making their first Super Bowl appearance.

12. 1979 Week 4 Phi: 17-13

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    Eagles RB Wilbert Montgomery

    Eagles running back Wilbert Montgomery runs for 126-yards and scored on a 53-yard pass from quarterback Ron Jaworski.

    Montgomery went on to rush for a franchise record 1,512 rushing yards on the year.

11. 1944 Week 4 Phi: 24-17

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    Eagles RB Steve Van Buren

    The Birds erased a 17-3 deficit to win their first game ever at the Polo Grounds.

    Steve Van Buren, prominently known for his running ability, intercepted a pass which led to the game-winning score. The rookie Van Buren picked off five passes on the year.

10. 1952 Week 5 Phi: 14-10

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    Norm "Wildman" Willey

    Back then the "sack" wasn't a recognized statistic.  Defensive end Norm "Wildman" Willey "tackled" Giants quarterback, Charlie Conerly, an astonishing 17 times on the afternoon.

9. 2001 Week 5 Phi: 10-9

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    Eagles WR James ThrashDoug Pensinger/Getty Images

    At the time this was a "franchise-defining" win.  The Eagles were in the midst of a nine-game losing streak against the G-Men.

    Despite the Giants defense shutting down Philly on nearly every capacity, quarterback Donovan McNabb willed his team with a seven play 40-yard game-winning touchdown drive.  James Thrash hauled in an 18-yard touchdown reception with 1:52 left to secure the victory.

8. 2008 NFC Divisional Playoffs Phi: 23-11

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    Donovan McNabb

    The Eagles proposterously made the postseason after a gazillion things happened on the last day of the regular season. 

    In the Wild Card Round, the Birds took care of the Vikings.  In the Divisional Round, the Eagles defense came up big.  They held the Giants offense to only three field goals in five trips inside the red zone.

    Philadelphia outscored New York 10-0 in the fourth quarter to post the first ever 23-11 final score in NFL history.

    The Eagles lost to Arizona the following week in the NFC Championship Game.

7. 2009 Week 14 Phi: 45-38

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    Eagles WR DeSean JacksonNick Laham/Getty Images

    Normally, NFL games are 60-minute marathons.  This was a 60-minute sprint as both teams posted the highest total points in a game in the rivalry's existence.  The 886 total yards was the fifth most in NFL history.

    DeSean Jackson had a huge game catching six balls for 178 yards and a touchdown.  He also had a 72-yard punt return for a touchdown.

6. 1989 Week 14 Phi: 24-17

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    Eagles QB/Punter Randall CunninghamKen White/Getty Images

    On a frigid, cold December day in the Meadowlands, the Eagles were pinned deep with the score tied at 17 in the fourth quarter.  Instead of bringing the punter in the game on fourth down, Buddy Ryan elected to have quarterback, Randall Cunningham, stay on the field. 

    Cunningham got all of the boot, sending it 91-yards all the way to the Giants seven-yard line.  It was the longest punt in Eagles franchise history and third longest in NFL history.

    Two plays later, Phil Simms fumbled.  It led to a game winning touchdown run by Keith Byars.

5. 1960 Week 9 Phi: 17-10

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    Chuck Bednarik

    It's the greatest photo in NFL history, but I'm not sure how many people actually know what Chuck Bednarik did on the play he knocked out Giant's running back, Frank Gifford.

    Bednarik made two crucial plays in the final 2:37.

    First, Bednarik forced Giants quarterback Mel Triplett to fumble.  Jimmy Carr caught the ball in midair and raced 36-yards for the game-winning score.

    The hit on Gifford sealed the victory as Chuck Weber recovered the fumble at the 30-yard line.

    A week later, the Eagles beat the Giants again.

4. 1988 Week 13 Phi: 23-17 OT

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    Clyde Simmons

    Normally when you block a potential game-winning field goal, it's a good thing.  Tell that to the Big Blue faithful that after this doozy.

    Luis Zendejas lined up for a 31-yard field goal in overtime only to have it blocked by Lawrence Taylor.  Clyde Simmons scooped up the loose ball and rumbled in for the walk-off overtime win.

    Because the ball was picked up by Simmons behind the line of scrimmage, the score stood.  You're not allowed to advance a blocked punt or field-goal if it is beyond the line.

    The Eagles shocking win came a day and 10 years after another infamous Miracle which I'll delve into later.

3. 2003 Week 7 Phi: 14-10

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    Eagles RB Brian WestbrookNick Laham/Getty Images

    Considering what Brian Westbrook did just seven years ago made Sunday's DeSean Jackson punt-return touchdown even more shocking.

    The truth is the Eagles got whipped in all facets of the game.  The Giants outgained the Eagles in total yards 339-134. 

    Donovan McNabb was just 9-of-23 for 64 yards and an interception. 

    Then, the Meadowlands became silent as Brian Westbrook took a punt with 1:34 left and returned it 84-yards for the touchdown.

    The Birds won nine of their last ten games after a shaky 3-3 start.   

2. 2010 Week 15 Phi: 38-31

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    Eagles WR DeSean JacksonNick Laham/Getty Images

    The Eagles improbably came back from two seperate 21-point deficits, including a 31-10 lead with under eight minutes left.

    Why the Giants punted the ball right at DeSean Jackson is anyone's guess.  Where's Jeff Feagles when you need him.

    Eagles fans can't figure out whether to call it, the Miracle at the Meadowlands part two, three or four.  I'll just call it the Miracle at the New Meadowlands.

1. 1978 Week 12 Phi: 19-17

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    Eagles Herman Edwards

    All the Giants had to do was take one stinking knee.  The Eagles didn't have any timeouts as the G-Men held a 17-12 advantage.

    Giants quarterback, Joe Pisarcik, muffed the handoff to running back Larry Csonka.  Herman Edwards picked up the fumble and scampered 26-yards for the game-winner.

    This win gave the Eagles a lot of confidence moving forward as they wound up making the playoffs for the first time under head coach Dick Vermeil.