Sehorn Steals Show Spectacular Interception One For The Highlight Reels

Posted: January 08, 2001

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Jason Sehorn's game-breaking interception figures to be replayed only about 100 times this week. And every chance he gets, he'll be watching. Like everybody else, he'll be looking for answers.

"I don't know how I did it," Sehorn admitted. "When I saw it [the replay], I said, 'Wow, how did that happen?' It's safe to say I was fairly excited about it."

The Giants led, 10-0, with just under 2 minutes left in the first half. On second-and-10 from his 26, Donovan McNabb tried to hit Torrance Small on the right sideline. Sehorn stepped in front, tipped the ball away, tipped it again and, as he was falling down, somehow grabbed it before it hit the ground. He got up and ran 32 yards for a touchdown.

The Eagles even challenged the call, which stood. It wasn't even close.

"I've never even seen an interception as good as that," New York coach Jim Fassel said. "It was tremendous athleticism."

It was the first score by the Giants' defense this season. Sehorn joins Harry Carson (1984) and Lawrence Taylor ('86) as the only players in the franchise's 34 playoff games to turn an interception into six points.

"It was just one of those situations where I was able to break on the ball," Sehorn said. "My reaction was just to pop it up, see how high it went. It was just being lucky.

"Your instinct is to bat it, just do something. It was one of those do-something-kind-of-things. It's not something you can practice. You just have to be at the right place at the right time and have it work out. If I bat it the wrong way, it goes out of bounds. It just happened to stay there a while. It seemed like 3 or 4 seconds.

"We always talk about finishing. If you're going to do something, go all the way through. That's all it was. All I knew is, it never touched the ground."

Cornelius Griffin, who had pressured McNabb on the throw, almost didn't believe it himself. At least not until he saw his teammate running toward the end zone.

"With everything going on, I actually said, 'Man, what a great play,' " he said. "God, I actually said that. But I couldn't stop to watch. I had to try to block somebody."

Didn't matter. It was mostly open field. McNabb gave chase, but his dive at the goal line was futile, as was much of his afternoon.

"I think it was a great play on his part," McNabb said. "I thought I put the ball in a position where only Torrance could get it. But there's nothing that can be done right there."

Next up for the G-Men is Minnesota, which presents a whole different set of problems. Randy Moss and Cris Carter can make secondaries look foolish. Nobody wants to look foolish, especially in January.

"They're a measuring stick, the best in the league," Sehorn said. "They make special plays. You're not going to shut them down completely. But you can't run from it. It's a challenge. It's going to be there Sunday.

"Right now, there's only four teams left. We're one of them. We have another game. That's all that matters."

The highlight reels will be an unexpected bonus.

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