Nathan Buckley’s side overcame a horrific start to outclass Essendon by 23 points in front of 91,731 fans at the MCG.
At one point the Bombers were 37 points ahead, a fantastic first quarter for them.
The Pies, inspired by Dane Swan, wrestled the game back with nine goals in a row and eventually came out winners 12.11 (83) to 8.12 (60).
It was the 20th ANZAC Day clash between the two sides since the tradition began in 1995.
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