The New York Giants were moments from a big win over the Philadelphia Eagles, leading 17-12 at Giants Stadium. With 30 seconds left, Joe Pisarcik attempts to hand the ball to Larry Csonka but fumbles it, allowing Herm Edwards to scoop the ball and run it 26 yards for a touchdown, giving the Eagles a stunning 19-17 win in what will be called the “Miracle in the Meadowlands.”
The Giants, playing as a two-point underdog at home, got off to a great start as Joe Pisarcik had a pair of touchdowns in the first quarter, one to Bobby Hammond for 19 yards and another to Johnny Perkins for 30 yards to build a 14-0 lead. The Eagles got going in the second quarter, as Wilbert Montgomery had an eight-yard touchdown run. However, the Giants led 14-6 at the half after Mike Michel missed the PAT. Joe Danelo hit a 37-yard field goal in the third quarter to expand the Giants lead to 17-6. In the fourth quarter, the Eagles got back in the game on a one-yard run by Mike Hogan, and Michel again missed the extra point. The Eagles appeared to be on the verge of taking the lead late in the fourth quarter, as they got the ball in Giants territory after a fumble by Doug Kotar.
After the two-minute warning, Odis McKinney picked off Ron Jaworski to seal the win. It was a rough day for the Eagles quarterback as Jaworski completed just 15 of 31 passes for 164 yards, with three interceptions. At the time, there was no kneel-down rule, so quarterbacks in end-game situations had the ball to a running back or laid on the ground. One play before the fumble, Bill Bergey charged hard into the line, trying to cause a fumble. This led the Giants offensive coordinator to call for a handoff to Larry Csonka, a play that both Pisarcik and Csonka disagreed with. Csonka and Pisarcik seemed confused going into the snap when chaos ensued. Joe Pisarcik bobbled the snap, jamming his finger, and turned to Csonka, but the ball hit the Giants back in the side and hit the ground. At that moment, Herm Edwards coming in on an all-out blitz, scooped the ball away from Pisarcek, who tried to get on the ball and went 26 yards for the game-winning score, as the Eagles had a stunning 19-17 win.
The fallout was immediate and swift in New York, as Bob Gibson was fired the following day. The fans, however, wanted more blood as they burnt their season tickets outside the gates of Giants Stadium the following week while a plane carrying a banner flew over the stadium demanding changes, saying we had enough. The Giants would finish the season 6-10 as John McVay was fired following the season. The Miracle in the Meadowlands would be rock bottom for the Giants as they hired George Young as General Manager and began turning things around. The Eagles finished 9-7 and made the playoffs as a Wild Card.