ARLINGTON, Tx. -- There were no Tweets. No pre-game boasts. No trash talking at all. Wide receiver DeSean Jackson let his play do the talking against the Cowboys, and in a nationally televised game, it spoke volumes about the kind of dangerous playmaker he is.
Jackson exploded against the Cowboys on Sunday night, catching 4 passes for 210 yards, including a 91-yard catch and run in the fourth quarter that broke a 20-20 tie and gave the Eagles a lead they would not relinquish. The 210 yards represent the third-most receiving yards in a single game by an Eagle, and it illustrated Jackson's remarkable skills.
"Some of it was working to get him open," said head coach Andy Reid, "but that 91-yarder was all him. It was a hitch route. He made the catch, the throw was perfect, the timing was perfect, and then it was all DeSean."
A lot of folks wanted to talk about the way Jackson scored there -- "That was the Hollywood in him," said Reid -- as he paused just before the goal line and reached into the end zone, falling to the ground for the theatrical element (a play that cost the Eagles 15 yards on the ensuing kickoff), but Jackson had every right to be excited. Bogged down for much of the season, limited by a concussion and some nagging injuries, Jackson exploded against Dallas.
"It's good that we had the opportunity to come down (to Dallas) and get that taste (from last year) out of our mouth," Jackson said postgame. "But we don't get caught up in the past, because all we can do live for the future. And we have a pretty bright future right now."
On the first play of the game from scrimmage, Michael Vick went deep for Jackson for 60 yards to set up the Eagles' first score. It was a play that set up the rest of the game for the third-year wide receiver.
"It was nothing to do with me, honestly," Jackson said. "It was the playcall. We're being put in some great positions, and the coaches come up with so many creative plays. For that play to be called at the beginning of the game, it can't get any better as an athlete to know that the first play is coming to you."
-- Posted by Dave Spadaro, 12:45 a.m., December 13