The Eagles will make their sixth primetime appearance this week as they host the Minnesota Vikings. The Eagles are 5-0 in such games with the most recent being the Week 14 win over the Cowboys.
DeSean Jackson has had some of his most memorable moments in primetime games this season. He caught the 88-yard touchdown pass on the opening play in the Monday night win at Washington. His 91-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown broke a tie in the fourth quarter against the Cowboys. In all, Jackson has 16 catches for 466 yards and the two touchdowns in the primetime games.
The excitement that Jackson brings to the field has helped provide a boost in the television ratings. The Eagles-Cowboys game was the most-watched Sunday Night Football game since NBC took it over. The Eagles-Packers, Eagles-Colts and Eagles-Bears games were all among the highest-rated television programs (not football games, programs) of the 2010 fall season.
"We look forward to those opportunities, especially playing on Sunday night or Monday night or Thursday night when the whole world is watching," Jackson said. "We look forward to those games. We just try to do the best that we can to show everybody in America how much excitement that me and (Michael Vick) have together, not only just me and him but the whole team."
The most electric moment of the Eagles' 2010 season came Sunday when Jackson became the first player in NFL history to end a game with a punt return for a touchdown. It capped off a remarkable 31-10 come-from-behind rally with less than eight minutes to go in the game. Jackson said that despite the attention he has received from the play he remains focused on the task at hand and that's beating the Minnesota Vikings to secure the NFC East division title.
"It's not my first time that I've been in a huge moment like that. It was the first time I ended the game on a touchdown, so it's a little different but I'm used to accolades and things like that," Jackson said. "It's not going to change me or anything like that. We still have a lot of work to do with two games left. We want to finish the season strong."
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 9:45 a.m., December 23