Desean Jackson

Desean Jackson:

East Rutherford, N.J. - Dynamic DeSean Jackson danced his way into the record books, carrying the Philadelphia Eagles to the top of their division along the way.

Jackson scored on a 72-yard punt return and a 60-yard pass from Donovan McNabb, sparking the Eagles to their most points this season in a 45-38 shootout victory Sunday night over the New York Giants.

The second-year wide receiver missed last week with a concussion but was in sensational form in boosting Philadelphia (9-4) into the NFC East lead.

"That sounds good right now, but we have to take care of business," McNabb said.

Jackson has eight touchdowns of 50-plus yards this year, tying the NFL mark.

New York (7-6) also had its share of big plays, including touchdown passes of 68 and 61 yards by Eli Manning in a game marked by shoddy tackling on both sides. But the Eagles, whose previous high in 2009 was 40 points in a Nov. 1 rout of the Giants, prevailed despite being out-gained, 512 yards to 374.

With Dallas (8-5) losing to San Diego, Philadelphia is looking back at the rest of the division. Just as Jackson did to the Giants when he caught a long pass and boogied backward into the end zone late in the third period for a 37-31 lead.

A 91-yard drive capped by Leonard Weaver's one-yard run clinched the Eagles' fourth straight victory over New York, including a divisional playoff game in January.

"They battle," Coach Andy Reid said of his team. "It's a tribute to the players."

The Giants made it tight when Kevin Boss caught a four-yard touchdown pass with 1:31 to go. But they couldn't stage a final comeback and Reid won his first game after receiving a contract extension through 2013.

The Giants were primed to take the lead midway in the third quarter when McNabb's pass was intercepted by Jonathan Goff. From the Philadelphia 29, Manning scrambled left for a first down, slid headfirst and lost the ball, which was recovered by the Eagles' Sean Jones. New York challenged that Brodrick Buntley caused Manning to stumble when he tugged his jersey before the quarterback took two more strides before going down, but the call was confirmed by video review.

Jackson tied the long-TD mark set by Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch in 1951 and Devin Hester in 2007.

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