Eli Signals Plax to Cap Miraculous Comeback

Eli Signals Plax to Cap Miraculous Comeback

Plaxico Burress looked into Eli Manning and saw the hand signal. Despite being in field goal range on third down in overtime, the Giants' signal-caller was directing his star wideout to go deep, run a ‘go' route and try to put this one away in style.

Facing a third-and-11 from the Philly 31-yard line, the Giants could have played it safe, looked to pick up a few extra yards and turned the game – and perhaps their season – over to kicker Jay Feely, who had earlier drilled a 35-yarder to force overtime. They went for all the marbles.

Burress, who was lined up to the left, took off down the sideline and, as he neared the goal line, rose and hauled in Manning's pass over his shoulder for the victory. Sheldon Brown, the Eagles' 5-10 defensive back, was helpless to stop Burress, who immediately threw the game-winning TD ball into the stands.

"It's just about finding the ball, trying to get up on the ball as fast as I can," Burress explained. "If he jumps inside, I'll jump outside. It's one of those things where me and Eli are starting to get a pretty good feel for it."

Manning, who was supposed to throw the ball more to the outside, appreciated Burress' ability to go up and get the ball where it was thrown.

"We knew they were coming with the all-out blitz," Manning said. "I knew where I was going. When you have a (6-5) receiver, you figure he's going to catch it or no one will."

"That's certainly a huge part of his talent and ability," Tom Coughlin said of Burress' horizontal threat.

Coughlin was also impressed with Manning's poise on the game-winning toss.

"He had three options on that play," Coughlin explained. "A couple of them would have put it in field goal range. We have complete faith in him and he made plays today under pressure."

Burress said he knew he'd be in one-on-one coverage because the Eagles almost always blitz on third-and-long scenarios. And he wasn't going to let a little fatigue prevent him from turning in an unforgettable play.

"I was tired but I was just telling myself, ‘go one more play,' " he said. "Then he put it up there so I could make a play and I just tried my best to bring it in and we connected on it."

For Burress, there was no sweeter venue for the big-time connection.

"There's no better place to get a win than Philadelphia," he said.

And no more exciting way to do it either.

Moss' debut: The Sinorice Moss era has begun. Suiting up for the first time since the Giants drafted the electric Miami receiver in the second round, Moss picked quite a game to raise the curtain on his career.

"I'll never forget this," Moss said. "This was a very exciting game and full of energy. I was glad to help out my teammates. My first NFL game, what a big thrill."

Moss caught two passes, but had only one count officially, a four-yard catch in the second quarter. His five-yard catch in the third period was negated by an Eagles penalty.

A homecoming of sorts: Carlos Emmons returned to his old stomping grounds and posted quite a performance. While the entire Giants defense wasn't too happy with its output, the former Eagle had a game-high 11 tackles and also batted away a couple of passes.

"We left a lot of plays out there on the field," he said. "But it's one of those things where we got the win and that's really all that matters. In the second half, we made the plays we needed to make. We won the game so I'm happy."

Comeback kids: This was New York's biggest fourth-quarter comeback since they came from behind and shocked the Redskins way back in 1970. "This one will be something that we'll remember," Coughlin said.

Still looking: With only 51 yards in Philly, his lowest total since 2004, Tiki Barber now has 8,948 for his career, leaving him just 52 yards shy of the 9,000-yard mark. Only 20 players have ever reached that plateau. Barber had rushed for at least 110 yards in each of his last five games against the Eagles.

Mr. Snee: All week, it looked like there was no way in the world that Chris Snee would recover from the ankle injury he suffered against the Colts in time to suit up in Philly. Yet as the starting offense took the field, there was tough-as-nails number 76 trotting out to his usual right guard spot. But Snee probably wished he watched this one from the sidelines. He was flagged 15 yards for mixing it up with Eagles DT La Juan Ramsey while the Giants O-line was basically helpless to slow Philly's relentless pass rush. Snee was also called for a questionable but costly hold in the fourth quarter.

Injury report: LaVar Arrington missed only a few snaps with a pinched nerve. Arrington finished with two solo tackles and a pass break-up. Chad Morton missed the third quarter with cramps that he described as "the most pain I've ever been in," but returned to action after receiving IVs while James Butler sprained his knee and did not return.

Still on top: The Giants now lead the regular-season series with Philadelphia that began in 1933, 76-65-2, and the postseason series, 2-0. In 2005, the Giants won both meetings (27-17 on Nov. 20 in Giants Stadium and 26-23 in overtime on Dec. 11 in Lincoln Financial Field). That continued a tradition of series sweeps between the Giants and Eagles. In the 21 season series from 1985-2005, 19 have ended in sweeps. The teams split their season series in 1990 and 2002.

TGI jinx: The dreaded TGI jinx strikes again. With the news that we planned to put Michael Jennings on our cover this issue, the Giants went out and placed Jennings on the inactive list in Philadelphia. Obviously, he wasn't alone. LB Brandon Short was disappointed to be on the inactive list once again, where he was joined by injured RB Derrick Ward, DT Jonas Seawright and a trio of rookies – CB Kevin Dockery, OL Na'Shan Goddard and OT Guy Whimper. Tim Hasselbeck was the club's third QB.

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