WATCH: DeSean Jackson has a Pair of 50+ Yard Touchdowns
The Philadelphia Eagles offense came out flat in Sunday's season opener against the Washington Redskins.
The Eagles looked rusty, trailing the Redskins 17-0, when DeSean Jackson got behind the Washington defense for a 51-yard score.
With 4:19 left in the half, Carson Wentz found his new weapon, Jackson, on the 51-yard touchdown pass to help jump-start their offense and never looked back.
"He comes up to you and kind of high-fives you a little bit and kind of just whispers in your ear like, ‘Hey, let's-keep-it-going’ type thing," Eagles head coach Doug Pederson explained. "That's him. He obviously leads by example. He's great to have in the locker room, and we're just fortunate that today was his day."
He wasn't done.
Jackson got behind the Redskins defense a second time, this time in the third quarter on a third-and-10, giving the Eagles their first lead of the game, 21-20.
Overall, Jackson caught eight balls for 154 yards and two touchdowns in the Eagles' 32-27, Week 1 win over the Redskins.
"I'm excited for him and excited for the team," Pederson said after the game. "It's a great win. Great way to start our season. Excited for DeSean, first game back."
It was a perfect opening for thew returning Jackson, his presence seemed to be just what the struggling Eagles offense needed. The group barely played in the preseason, many didn't play at all.
Having Jackson allowed the offense to almost improvise, and throw the ball vertically down-the-field - he didn't disappoint - and the Eagles were able to get back into the game and eventually win the game after being down 17-0.
Jackson has now registered 31 career 50+ yard TDs, which ranks second in NFL history and is only five TDs shy of Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (36, 1985-2004).