On the first play from scrimmage of the half, Jackson caught a 22-yard pass from Vick that gave the Birds momentum again. This time, though, it wasn’t enough as Vick was intercepted by Brodie James on the next play after the ball was tipped into the air.
Felix Jones took over briefly, going 35 yards on a screen to set up a 3-yard touchdown run of his own, putting Dallas on top 20-14. A pair of David Akers field goals, from 39 and 50 yards respectively, tied the game at 20-20 with 13:57 remaining.
The Eagles defense got a stop, and the Eagles took over at their own 9-yardline with 11:43 left after a punt. It was a critical juncture of the game, with the two division rivals tied at 20. They stayed that way for 19 more seconds.
Vick dropped back and fired a strike to DeSean Jackson on a timing pattern, a hitch route to be exact, which Jackson hauled in at the 18-yardline.
“That was a hitch route, a deep hitch, it was man coverage and he was able to push it up the field and quick stop it and Michael hit him right on time it was perfect, perfect timing,” Reid said. “And then DeSean took care of the rest.”
“When he first caught the ball I knew he was going to have the opportunity to get some YACs, some yards after the catch,” Vick said. “I knew I put the ball in the perfect location, I just didn’t know he was going to take the ball 91 yards.”
But Jackson did just that, sprinting through the Cowboys secondary and high stepping over a tackle attempt by Orlando Scandrick before pausing at the 1-yardline and falling backwards into the end zone with the football in his outstretched right hand.
The Cowboys hopes at an upset fell with him. So did the demons of the Eagles’ 2009 season, which ended in Dallas. So did the struggles of Jackson against the Cowboys last season. So did a flag and a 15-yard penalty, but fortunately for the Birds, it didn’t prove costly.
“Most of those guys who played tonight offensively and defensively was out there last year, and just left a bad taste in their mouths and it left a bad taste in my mouth and I wasn’t even out there,” Vick said. “So it was very gratifying for DeSean to go out and have the type of game he had, he had a huge day, and was one of the main reasons why we won this game tonight along with what the offensive line did.
“So you know I’m happy for the kid and he challenged me throughout the entire game. He demanded the football, he wanted to be involved and we got the ball to him and he made the difference.”