DeSean Jackson's Injury Cost the Philadelphia Eagles a Playoff Victory?

Bryn SwartzSenior Writer IIIJanuary 9, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 09:  DeSean Jackson #10 of the Philadelphia Eagles reacts after a play against the Green Bay Packers in the 2011 NFC wild card playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 9, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Everybody saw the injury to DeSean Jackson today.

With about seven minutes left in the first quarter, the Eagles' best playmaker injured his left knee when running back LeSean McCoy fell on Jackson.

Jackson left the game. He missed a little more than a full quarter before returning.

When he returned, he was limited by his injury. He didn't catch his first pass until halfway through the fourth quarter.

For the game, he caught just two passes. The first was a 19-yard play, and the second gained 28 yards.

Considering the score of the game, 21-16, I do believe that the injury to DeSean Jackson cost the Eagles the game.

Yes, I think the Eagles would have won if Jackson had not been injured.

I'm not making excuses. As I stated in my last article, the Packers were the better team and they deserved to win.

But I think they would have lost if not for the injury to Philly's big home run hitter.

Jackson missed one full quarter, which is a long time.

When he returned, he was visibly slower. After the Packers scored a touchdown to take a 21-10 lead halfway through the third quarter, Michael Vick threw a deep pass to DeSean Jackson down the sideline.

Jackson was about four yards short on the play. Anybody watching can tell that Jackson was hampered by his injury. I believe he would have caught the ball and scored a 71-yard touchdown.

On the Eagles' final drive, Jackson caught a short pass and broke a couple of tackles before Packers linebacker Desmond Bishop tripped up Jackson on the Green Bay 38-yard line.

I can't guarantee that Jackson would have scored if Bishop didn't trip him, but I really believe that the speedy Eagles' receiver would not have been caught if he wasn't injured.

Unfortunately, this is football. Injuries do happen. It's just something a team has to deal with.

And I do believe that this particular injury cost the Eagles a postseason victory.

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