DeSean Jackson’s 65-yard punt return for a touchdown versus the New York Giants on Dec. 19, 2010 has been voted the greatest play in NFL history via the second annual NFL ‘Bracketology.’
Jackson’s game winning return for a touchdown was the final play in the Eagles a 38-31 win and capped a 28-point fourth quarter which erased a 21-point deficit.
The second annual NFL ‘Bracketology’ began with a 64-play field which was determined by an NFL.com/NFL Network editorial panel. Starting on March 18 and continuing through April 9, fans voted in the six-round, bracket-style tournament to determine which play was the greatest in NFL history. Jackson’s walk-off punt return defeated San Francisco 49ers quarterback Steve Young’s 1988 winding touchdown run vs. the Minnesota Vikings in the finals of NFL ‘Bracketology’ by receiving 57.8% of the votes in their matchup.
The plays in which Jackson’s walk-off punt return defeated throughout the course of NFL ‘Bracketology’ are the following:
Jackson received 67.2% of votes
o Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick’s OT touchdown run vs. Minnesota Vikings in 2002
Jackson received 65.8% of votes
o Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Billy “White Shoes” Johnson’s Hail Mary touchdown catch in 1983 vs. San Francisco 49ers
Jackson received 61.6% of votes
o Detroit Lions Barry Sanders’ touchdown run vs. New England Patriots in 1994
Jackson received 82.8% of votes
o San Francisco 49ers ‘The Catch’ - Quarterback Joe Montana’s touchdown pass to tight end Dwight Clark in 1982 vs. Dallas Cowboys
Jackson received 88.7% of votes
o Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu’s flying tackle vs. Tennessee Titans in 2010
Jackson received 57.8% of votes
o San Francisco 49ers quarterback Steve Young’s winding run vs. Minnesota Vikings 1988