EaglesJets Flashback: Eric Allen's Pick Six

EaglesJets Flashback: Eric Allen's Pick Six

We'll have more on today's Eagles/Jets game, but for the time being I figured I'd whet your appetite with this all-time classic Eagles video.

Eric Allen's 94-yard interception return for a touchdown in the Meadowlands against the Jets took place over 18 years ago. In re-watching the video it hasn't lost any of its jaw-droppingness. If anything, the passage of time makes it all the more amazing.

The first thing that struck me was the voice of Pat Summerall. There were no over the top catch phrases or forced excitement. He simply called it as it happened. Similarly, it was nice to hear John Madden. Late in his career he sort of became a caricature of what he once was, but he's vintage Madden in this clip.

The next thing that struck me was the names of the players on the field. For the life of me I could not remember who that #77 was who pressured Boomer Esiason just before he released the ball. I wanted tot say it was Rhett Hall, but it wasn't. I actually had to look it up. Do you know who it is? I'll give you a second to think about it......it was Keith Millard.

I totally forgot that the longtime Viking ended his career with the Eagles. Next, the final block in the return was thrown by Ben Smith. Smith, who was a former first-round pick out of Georgia, will forever live on in my mind, along with Ron Jones, as a guy who barring injury would've been an all-time franchise great.

Of course I am likely completely overestimating what his career would have been, but there's something so lasting and tantalizing about a young player who flashes brilliance only to see his career cut short by injury.

Lastly, I completely forgot about Eric Allen and Calvin Williams approaching Randall Cunningham in the tunnel after the touchdown. Randall, who suffered a broken fibula in the second quarter of the game, was on crutches watching Allen's return unfold. A good portion of the team, including Bubby Brister, ran to meet Allen and Cunningham following the score.

The play was so stunning that no less of an authority than Steve Sabol called it the greatest interception return in NFL history.

Best of NHL: Penguins beat Panthers in Sidney Crosby's debut

Best of NHL: Penguins beat Panthers in Sidney Crosby's debut

PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby scored in his season debut as the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied to beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Crosby, who scored on a power play, missed the team's first six games with a concussion. Carl Hagelin and Eric Fehr also scored for the Penguins, who extended a seven-game unbeaten streak against the Panthers.

Marc-Andre Fleury, who has started the first seven games of the season for Pittsburgh, stopped 20 shots. Matt Murray, who backstopped the Penguins to a Stanley Cup in June, served as the backup to Fleury after missing the first six games with a broken hand.

Reilly Smith scored a power-play goal and Mark Pysyk also scored for the Panthers, who have lost 11 of 12 against the Penguins in Pittsburgh.

James Reimer made 19 saves in his second start of the season (see full recap).

Kings top Blue Jackets in overtime
LOS ANGELES -- Alec Martinez scored 1:14 into overtime, and the Los Angeles Kings rallied to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 Tuesday night for their third straight victory.

Drew Doughty scored the tying goal with 5:57 left in regulation for the Kings, who won their third straight overtime game after an 0-3-0 start to the season. Captain Anze Kopitar also scored, and third-string goalie Peter Budaj stopped 19 shots in his third consecutive win.

Cam Atkinson scored a tiebreaking power-play goal late in the second period, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves for Columbus. Brandon Saad also scored for the Jackets, who had won two straight after an 0-2-0 start.

Martinez ended it by putting a rebound into an open net for the defenseman's second goal of the season (see full recap).

Lightning strike for seven goals in win
TORONTO -- Steven Stamkos matched a career-high with four points -- two goals and two assists -- and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-3 on Tuesday night.

Frederik Andersen gave up seven goals on only 24 shots, the third time in five starts he has allowed at least five goals and fourth time he's allowed four or more. The 27-year-old has an .851 save percentage so far this season.

Alex Killorn, Victor Hedman, Nikita Kucherov, Vladislav Namestnikov and Jonathan Drouin added goals for Tampa Bay, while Ben Bishop made 40 saves.

William Nylander, James van Riemsdyk and Auston Matthews scored for the Maple Leafs, who outshot the Lightning 43-24 (see full recap).

Report: Eagles make inquiry about Bears WR Alshon Jeffery

Report: Eagles make inquiry about Bears WR Alshon Jeffery

The Eagles could be looking for a bigger name outside.

In need of a deep threat — and reportedly in talks about a trade for 49ers wideout Torrey Smith — the Eagles are interested in Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and attempting to make a move for the 2013 Pro Bowler, according to a report Tuesday night by Benjamin Allbright of Mile High Sports Radio.

We followed up with Allbright, who clarified the Eagles simply made an inquiry.

Jeffery, much more of a do-it-all, dynamic wide receiver than the one-dimensional Smith, is 26 years old and can become a free agent at season's end. He'll warrant good money, but would make the Eagles better in more ways than one compared to Smith.

The 6-foot-3, 218-pounder put up 89 catches for 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013, followed by 85 catches, 1,133 yards receiving and 10 scores in 2014.

This season, he has 520 yards receiving and has yet to find the end zone playing for the quarterback-challenged Bears, who are 1-6 and more than likely thinking about next season.