Elvis Patterson said he wasn't thinking touchdown.
"All I thought was to catch the ball, get it back for the offense as quick as we could," the New York Giants cornerback said.
But Patterson did more than that. He intercepted a pass from Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski, 55 seconds into overtime, and returned it 29 yards today to give the Giants a 16-10 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.
Patterson has been starting at left cornerback in the absence of free agent All-Pro Mark Haynes, who has not reached a contract agreement with the Giants.
Giants Coach Bill Parcells, whose team raised its record to 3-1, said Patterson "has been playing like an all-star all year. They haven't scored on him all this year."
Jaworski offered no excuses.
"There was no breakdown," he said. "Mike (Quick, the intended receiver) ran an option and came across their coverages. I lost him and then picked him up again. I threw off balance and a bit wide."
Eagles kicker Paul McFadden had a chance to win the game with 32 seconds left in regulation but missed a 42-yard field goal attempt.
Jaworski, who was benched after the first game of the season and was replaced by rookie quarterback Randall Cunningham, got into the game late in the fourth quarter today when Cunningham suffered an injury to his left ankle on a running play.
The Eagles, who fell to 1-3 -- their lone victory was last week's 19-6 upset of the Redskins -- trailed by 10-3 late in the fourth quarter before they tied the score.
On third down, Giants quarterback Phil Simms attempted a pass to running back Joe Morris, but defensive end Reggie White tipped the ball. Cornerback Herman Edwards intercepted and ran three yards for the tying touchdown with 3:02 remaining.
The Eagles won the toss and elected to receive at the start of the overtime period, and Herman Hunter returned seven yards to his 18. Earnest Jackson gained two, and Jaworski threw a pass that appeared to be tipped before it was intercepted by Patterson, who raced into the end zone.
After a scoreless first half, the Eagles took a 3-0 lead at 5:28 of the third period on a 41-yard field goal by McFadden.
But the Giants rallied on a 49-yard field goal by rookie Jess Atkinson and a 26-yard touchdown pass from Simms to rookie tight end Mark Bavaro to go up by 10-3 at the end of the third period.