At the end of the half and the game, the quarterback often kneels after getting the snap from center. This of course is to run out the clock without losing a fumble. We all remember the Miracle at the Meadow Lands in 1978 between the Eagles and the New York Giants. With 30 seconds left in the game, there was the muffed hand off between Joe Pisarcik and Larry Csonka. Herman Edwards picked up the loose football and returned it for a touchdown. A 17 to 12 loss turned into a 19 to 17 victory.
From this play, running backs and wide receivers now circle around the quarterback in the event of a fumble. Teams will not take chances. Now let’s go further and review a game back in 2010 at the Meadow Lands. Eli Manning just threw a touchdown pass to Kevin Boss. There were seven minutes left in the game with the Giants leading the Philadelphia Eagles 31 to 10. New York fans were confident of a victory. The second string was about to play avoiding injury to the starters and giving these reserves some much needed experience.
Merrill Reese was always optimistic except when the Eagles needed a miracle or at least a near miracle. He was going into the messy business of what had to happen and who had to win or lose for the Eagles to get into the playoffs . Reese said there was almost no chance for the Eagles to win this game. Of course getting into the playoffs was not enough. We had to consider getting the BYE Week and the Home Field Advantage. These possibilities made the whole business of coaching much more difficult.
We all know what happened. With great offensive play, one critical sack on Eli Manning, a fumble recovery by Reilly Cooper of an onside kick off, and a 65 yard punt return for a touchdown by Eli Manning the Eagles won 38 to 31. Philadelphia scored four touchdowns in a seven minute span.