Let’s face it: When an afternoon at the football stadium includes the nationally televised playing and then slow-motion replaying of a man on all fours pretending to be a dog urinating on the field, the bar for stranger occurrences is set pretty high.

Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field was an odd one, everyone would have to agree. That includes the delirious Eagles fans who stuck around after the team blew two leads and allowed 24 fourth-quarter points. Their reward was an improbable 27-24 win over the New York Giants when rookie fill-in kicker Jake Elliott made a 61-yard buzzer-beater of a field goal that nuzzled the inside of the right upright.

Elliott prevented overtime and, given the somewhat ugly nature of the game, that’s a good thing, not just for the Eagles and their season, but for the sport itself. It’s unknown how much more bad officiating, dumb penalties, poor tackling, mounting injuries, and questionable decisions one afternoon can safely hold. Sunday was about the limit.

But when you sort everything out, including Odell Beckham Jr. and his fire hydrant routine, the most puzzling aspect of the game was still Doug Pederson’s decision to attempt a fourth-and-8 from the Giants 43-yard-line, late in the first half with a 7-0 lead.