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Eagles' Jackson Eventually Breaks Free


The law of averages won out.

DeSean Jackson, the dynamic Eagles return specialist who had fielded just nine punts for 33 yards heading into Sunday night, was held in check twice before ripping off a 51-yarder that le to an Eagles' touchdown the very next play late in the first half.

After a three-and-out from the Giants' offense, Jackson received the punt at the Philadelphia 35-yard line, cut right to avoid a diving Tyler Sash, and broke it up the sideline, bringing back memories of the nightmare 11 months ago. Punter Steve Weatherford forced him out of bounds at the Giants 14, and Vince Young connected with Steve Smith for a touchdown on first down for a 10-point lead.

"They had the return team set the left side up, and they folded it back," Jacquian Williams said. "We realized we got out-leveraged. They blocked us from the left side and he just had a free lane."

Weatherford booted nine punts on the night, tying a career high, with four inside the 20. Five of his punts followed a three-and-out by the offense.

"I thought, with exception of the one punt, we did okay in that department," Tom Coughlin said. "Our coverage in the game was good but we punted too many times. We have no first downs to show, we have no yardage to show, we have no rushing yardage with 29 yards, which is about as pathetic as it can get. It was a very poor performance."

Jackson returned two other punts for a total of three yards. On both of those, Sash was in on the stop.Join other diehard Giants Fans!  Follow @Giants

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