UPDATE: 1:30 Monday. Look at this composite photo from Sportillustrated.cnn.com. As he runs parallel to the goal line, his eyes are above horizontal. He’s looking at, or for, the clock. Click to enlarge.
Just watched “Today’s” Matt Lauer accuse the Eagle’s DeSean Jackson of “grandstanding” when he ran parallel to the goal line in the “miracle” punt return that won the game for the Eagles yesterday. I don’t think that is what happened.
Take a look at the clock at the moment of the punt:
I believe Jackson is looking back at the scoreboard to make sure time has expired before crossing the goal line to prevent the Giants from having their own
punt kick off to run back.
I’ve watched the tape several times and he seems to be trying to find something, which I think was the clock. Once he finds it and sees that it reads :00, he moves into the end zone.
If so, it was a very smart play.
UPDATE: See comments. This is what Jackson would have seen, including the clock, as he looked back down the field before crossing into the end zone. Screen capture is from NFL Red Zone. The clock is behind the top of the left upright.