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THROWBACK THURSDAY: JASON SEHORN’S SPECTACULAR PICK-SIX VS. PHILADELPHIA
“With the Eagles driving just after the two-minute warning,” Philly.com’s Ashley McGeachy wrote, “Sehorn dove in front of a pass from (Donovan) McNabb intended for Torrance Small. Lying on his back, Sehorn punched the ball upward, rolled to his knees, then to his feet, grabbed the ball, and sprinted 32 yards along the left sideline into the end zone.”
Sehorn’s interception put the Giants up, 17-0, with 1:40 remaining in the first half. The team would win, 20-10, and advance to the NFC East championship game and eventually the Super Bowl. Then-coach Jim Fassel said that the interception was unlike anything he’d ever seen before.
“He was juggling the ball, kicking it around,” Fassel said to Philly.com. “. . . I told him, ‘I’ve never seen a play like that.’ I mean, he knocked it in the air, batted it up, caught it, and ran it in for a touchdown. I’ve never seen a guy battle it around like that, and as soon as he gets up and the guy starts to hit him, he makes the play.”
Sehorn said that his third interception of the season was less miraculous and more instinctive.
“They were trying out routes, not throwing deep,” Sehorn said to the Associated Press. “I was able to break on the ball. It hit my hands and kind of popped up. I was laying on my back and saw it. I don’t know, my reaction was just to pop it up and to hit it again. I saw how high it went, so I got up and it was still there. Your instinct is just to bat it. It’s not something you practice doing. It happened to stay there for a while.”
The play was selected by Bleacher Report as the No. 2 greatest interception in recent memory in their Top 20 countdown in 2011.
“This interception is one of the most ridiculous you will ever see,” Jordan Faries wrote, “and is nearly impossible to describe… and yes, I realize this doesn’t really qualify as ‘recent history’ as it happened ten years ago. But it’s too awesome not to be included.”
It was also selected by the New York Times as the No. 8 greatest play in Giants Stadium history.
Sehorn played eight season for the Giants, from 1994 to 2002, and played one year for the Rams before retiring in 2003. He finished his career with 19 interceptions and four returns for touchdowns.
“The Eagles, of course, offensively have put some outstanding numbers up. They continue to do so and the last week wasn’t one of those types of days for them. However, they still lead the league in rushing. They’ve got all kinds of numbers. I think the one thing that I would say is the way in which their defense has played. If you take away those first four games and just zoom on these last three games, they’ve played extremely well on defense, averaging and giving up only 19 points a game and have done a good overall job. Their special teams is consistent. They have an outstanding (special) teamers, returners. If number 10 (DeSean Jackson) goes back their on punt return, obviously we all know what he’s capable of doing there. We’re in the division. Chip Kelly has got them off to a good solid start this year. He’s done an outstanding job and here we go.” -Coach Tom Coughlin
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NFL.com has picked the 64 best plays ever, and throughout the month, fans can cast their votes as they advance round by round. Five plays from Giants history made the field: David Tyree Helmet Catch (No. 1 seed); Leonard Marshall Forces Joe Montana Fumble (9); Jim Burt Knocks Out Joe Montana, LT Gets Pick Six (13); Jason Sehorn Amazing INT vs. Eagles (14); and most recently, Eli Manning 38-Yard Pass to Mario Manningham (15).
Let us know if you think one of those was the greatest play in NFL history.
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