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THE DAY THE BOYS SCARED THE MEN
Roy Terrell
December 18, 1961
It was a game undecided until the final play, and as it progressed, tension grew on the Giant bench, touching the old quarterback, Charlie Conerly, and Allie Sherman, his coach. There was always the chance that the inferior team, the Eagles, might win.
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December 18, 1961

The Day The Boys Scared The Men

It was a game undecided until the final play, and as it progressed, tension grew on the Giant bench, touching the old quarterback, Charlie Conerly, and Allie Sherman, his coach. There was always the chance that the inferior team, the Eagles, might win.

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Only the Eagles didn't know it. Dean returned the kickoff to the 25 and Jurgensen ran 15 when he couldn't find a receiver. Then he faded back and, for once during the long afternoon, received all the pass protection he needed. Jurgensen threw far down the left side and there, as if by a miracle, was Retzlaff, alone. While Lynch frantically tried to get back into the play, Retzlaff took the pass and raced in to score. Now it was 28-24, and there was 1:50 left.

The Eagles didn't get the ball until the clock showed 14 seconds. On the last play Jurgensen passed to Retzlaff who lateraled to McDonald who ran 29 yards before he was bounced out of bounds. The game was over. Jurgensen had completed 16 of 31 passes for 367 yards, bringing his season total to 3,320 yards and breaking Unitas' record; McDonald had caught seven passes for 237 yards. But up there on the scoreboard the Giants had won. The Eagles cried some, as even grown men sometimes will, and Skorich said that they played too well to have lost. Gauer said that the stacked deck would have worked better if only the Giant linebackers and Robustelli had remained off Jurgensen's neck and Williams said that the special pass defense contained Shofner awfully well, except for three plays.

As for the Giants, they didn't have too much to say. They were the better ball club and they knew it and were happy to have proved it on Sunday. "But those Eagles," said Sherman. "They sure do scare you, don't they?"

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