R. Cunningham Absorbs Hit, Throws TD
A brilliant play on Monday Night Football in October 1988 showcased the versatility and athleticism of Randall Cunningham, the Eagles’ Pro Bowl quarterback. The Eagles were underdogs against their divisional rival, the defensive-oriented, Bill Parcells-coached Giants at Philadelphia’s Veterans Stadium. In the second quarter, the Eagles had a third goal from the Giants’ 4. Cunningham took the snap, faked a handoff, and rolled to the right, looking to throw. Giants Pro Bowl linebacker Carl Banks dove into Cunningham’s legs at the 10, tripping Cunningham off his feet and appearing to tackle him for a loss. Incredibly, the 6-foot-4 Cunningham – bracing the turf with his left hand – managed to keep his knees off the ground and sprung back to his feet. With another Giant defender charging at him, Cunningham threw the ball into the end zone to veteran tight end Jimmie Giles for a touchdown. For the game, which the Eagles won 24-13, Cunningham completed 31 of 41 throws for 369 yards and three touchdowns.