First and 10: ‘Top games’ race enjoys ‘Miracle’ finish

And we’re down to No. 1. In Elliot Harrison‘s breakdown of the top 20 games of 2010, his gold medal goes to a late-season thriller between the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants, which essentially ended the Giants’ playoff hopes and invigorated those of the Green Bay Packers.

Talk about a game that had it all. The “Miracle at New Meadowlands” featured a 21-point comeback, a string of superhuman scampers by Michael Vick — oh, and maybe the most memorable punt return in NFL history by Philly’s DeSean Jackson. All this with the NFC East title on the line.

Got a problem with the top 20? Take it up with Harrison, who will check in at 2 p.m. ET for a live chat.

Here’s what else is on tap on this football Friday:

  • Are the Titans becoming the new Bengals? A gang of renegades headed for more trouble? Wide receiver Kenny Britt’s arrest at a Hoboken carwash was the latest unsavory headline involving the team.
  • Speaking of the Bengals, cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones isn’t about to vilify former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor for trading and selling memorabilia to a Columbus tattoo artist. “If somebody asked me for my jersey and ring, I’d have probably gave it to them, too,” said Jones.
  • Heading west, former No. 1 overall pick Alex Smith says his commitment to San Francisco ought to be evident following “Camp Alex,” the informal minicamp that drew more than two dozen 49ers to San Jose State. Smith might be a free agent, but he “absolutely” expects to be under center when the Niners open their 2011 campaign.
  • Pittsburgh’s LaMarr Woodley visited the NFL Network studios Thursday, and he shared his list of the league’s 10 best linebackers, and wouldn’t you know it, there’s a Steeler or three who made the cut. But where does Woodley rank himself?
  • On tap for Friday is NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora’s  take on the five riskiest free agents set to hit the market when the lockout ends.
  • As we get closer to revealing the top 10 spots on our “Top 100 Players of 2011,” NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks will run down his list, Nos. 31-40, on Friday.
  • What were the six most awkward moments of the 2010 season? Adam Rank will take us there in his latest “Pick Six” list.
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