The Eagles' next possession came down to fourth-and-goal on the Jets' five. A little more than seven minutes were left. Detmer's pass was incomplete. Game's over, right? Nope, holding by safety Gary Jones in the end zone. The new set of downs produced a TD. Two plays later Michael Zordich, the Eagles' strong safety, stepped up and turned the game around with an interception and seven-yard return to the Jets' 18.
Strange fella, Zordich. Third NFL team, 33 years old, smart, slow, weather-beaten. No one looks as thoroughly whipped as he does after a game. "I'm lucky to still have a job," is what his face says. He jumped a sideline pass from Glenn Foley, who was making his second NFL start. "I talked to some of their guys afterward, and they told me it was supposed to be a stop-and-go," Zordich said, almost apologetically. "The quarterback screwed it up. He just let it go on the stop part."
The Eagles scored two plays later. On the extra point Hutton barely got the high snap in place for kicker Gary Anderson, and Philly finally had a lead. Anderson came off the field holding his head.
"The snap was wobbly, high and nasty," he said. "Tommy never really did get it, just the ends of his fingertips did."
One more heart-stopper remained for the Eagles. Reggie Cobb ran the kick-off back to the Jets' 44, and he would have been down into winning field goal range except that the 37-year-old Anderson pinned him at the sideline. Five snaps later it ended with an interception by linebacker William Thomas, which gave the Jets a 5-4 turnover lead. That's how close Philly came to blowing everything to a 1-14 team.
"Nice game," a fan said to Eagles owner Jeff Lurie, a sentiment he heard 12 times on the way to the locker room.
"That's 12 lies you heard today," I said to him.
"A win is a win is a win," he said.
Not like this it ain't, it ain't, it ain't.