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Akers Didn't Know Of 10-Man Kick Plan


He's the longest-tenured professional athlete playing in Philadelphia right now.

Eagles kicker David Akers joined "Good Day" live Thursday morning to talk about the amazing come-from-behind victory Sunday over the rival New York Giants.

It turns out that on the turning point of Sunday's big win, the Birds had only 10 players on the field – and that was apparently by design.

Just before the kick, a player ran off the field. Giants special teams captain Chase Blackburn said it created a distraction, shifting attention, and you know what happened from there.

But Akers told "Good Day" he didn't know about it ahead of time.

"If they did, I wasn't aware of it. I think they maybe just wanted me to worry about kicking the ball, you know?" Akers said. "So, it was one of those things where it was a quick decision to go ahead and do it. We were waiting to see if they would bring their hands team out. They were showing us a five-man front, which basically shows me two to my left, one in the middle and two to my right."

Noting that the "center guy basically watches to make sure I don't hit one right up the middle on them," Akers added that on either side of the field "five-on-two is usually pretty good odds."

"When Andy saw that they were bringing those guys out, they went ahead and did the surprise onside kick," Akers said.

Pulling off an onside kick isn't easy, yet Akers is one of the best. How often do the Eagles practice them?

"I would say several times a week," Akers said. "We probably do at least 10 plays during the week as far as that one hands team or onside recovery team going out there. So, that's probably a pretty good amount compared to a lot of the teams in the league, for sure."

Akers said that when the team went down and scored following the onside kick, that made the comeback "a realistic probability."

"It was just a matter of making the right plays," he said. "… I mean nobody thinks they're going to score 28 points in about eight minutes. So, to be able to think that we were tying the game and to push it into overtime or just to hold them from going down and kicking a field goal to win it in regulation, that was an enormous fete in itself. But then just to have DeSean and the special teams unit open up a nice hole there and Jason Avant having a bone-crushing block at the end there to spring DeSean, I just thought that was spectacular. Puts a little pressure off me … as far as having to go and kick a field goal in overtime there."

Fox 29's John Anderson noted that Akers was the first to congratulate Jackson.

Now, the Eagles are getting ready for a Sunday night matchup with the Minnesota Vikings.

As for whether it mattered to him, as a fan of the game, if Brett Favre played in the game as his career winds down, Akers said, "No, not at all – I'd prefer to go in and have the weakest team possible. Are you kidding me? I want to win big time."

"You know, Brett's had a spectacular career and he's had a great run. He's got that ring, and it's time for the Eagles to go after that ring. So we want to win as many as we can and get as high as possible as far as the playoff possibilities …"

"It's a little bit tougher to make it to the Super Bowl on the road, so if we can stay here in Philly, that would be huge for us."

Akers was also asked to compare the current Eagles to the teams he played with earlier during his long run with the franchise.

"To see it now, it's impressive," he said. "We had a very close-knit team early on in the 2000s, and we had good players – you know, really good players. But I think right now we have some exceptional players, and I think that camaraderie is really coming together for the younger guys. I can kind of see it from the outside aspect as a little older, a little different place in my life right now as far as definitely a family man, three kids, a wife at home – you know, you're just in a different part of your life instead of just coming out of school."

"However, there's a lot of correlation between the two. I just think that we actually have a little bit more talent now than we did back in the early 2000s."

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