Still laughing and accepting congratulations, Jackson confirmed that he had recovered the game ball from his big return, which he threw into the stands during his celebration. The third-year wideout then hopped on a golf cart with Jeremy Maclin, Nate Allen and Brandon Graham and sped towards the team bus.
As he passed Eagles fans with VIP or family passes, Jackson waved his white number 10 jersey like a flag. “Heyyyyyyy,” Jackson yelled. “Ea-gles! Ea-gles! Ea-gles!”
The chant continued as he high-fived fans all the way to the exit, where he joined his own friends or family for hugs and celebration. Then, just like that, it was over – but not before one more spooky occurrence.
At 7:15, with the field completely devoid of human life, an animal strolled onto the field. But not just any animal, a black cat. It wasn’t just anywhere on the field, either. The cat walked slowly towards the North end zone. Yes, that end zone, the one where Brent Celek, Michael Vick, Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson racked up 28 fourth quarter points.
It crossed the goal line no more than five yards from the spot where Jackson finally chose to break the plane after trotting across the field at the one, then crossed directly in front of the Giants logo painted on the turf before disappearing into the night.
One team’s miracle was one division rival’s bad omen. The whole thing was one for the ages.