Philadelphia Eagles' Humiliating Losses to Cowboys Last Year Were for the Best

WesAnalyst IDecember 12, 2010

It was a good thing to see the Eagles get handled by the Cowboys last year.
It was a good thing to see the Eagles get handled by the Cowboys last year.Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

The only thing Philadelphia Eagles fans hate more than Dallas Cowboys fans is losing to the Cowboys and hearing their fans yap like the mutts they are.

Well, it happened three times last year and yap they did.

The first loss was tough enough to stomach. But the final two losses were among the most embarrassing, disgraceful and pathetic in the history of the franchise.

In the regular season finale the Eagles went into Dallas with the opportunity to win the NFC East and earn a first-round bye in the playoffs with the No. 2 seed in the conference. The Eagles walked away with nothing.


The Eagles were shutout 24-0. The defense was gashed for 474 yards and the offense put up a futile 228 yards.

Following the beatdown the Eagles went back to Dallas and played their division rival in the first round of the playoffs. The Cowboys once again took the Eagles behind the wood shed, had their way with the Birds and won 34-14.

No one in Philadelphia saw anything positive about the end of the season, but if you look back at those two games it may have been a blessing in disguise.

To start things off, the game marked the end of Donovan McNabb's career as a Philadelphia Eagle and it began the chain of events that landed Michael Vick under center.

Whether you like McNabb or not, you can't argue Vick's importance to the team this year. And you have to admit Vick is doing things that neither McNabb or Kevin Kolb could do.

The game also made Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones believe Wade Phillips was a legit head coach.

With a vote of confidence from the worst GM in the NFL, Philips proceeded to go 1-7 to start the season and kill any chances the Cowboys had of making the playoffs.

Not only did it eliminate a team from the NFC playoff picture, but it also prevented Eagles fans from having to worry about the Cowboys playing in their home stadium for Super Bowl XLV.

The loss also led Andy Reid to seek stability along the offensive line and part ways with Shawn and Stacy Andrews. Glaring weaknesses in the secondary were exposed and stiffs like Macho Harris were gone.

We all know those areas are still in dire need of help. But at least Reid knew those players were not the solution.

Eagles fans will never accept those finals two losses to the Cowboys. But in the end, wasn't it a good thing the Cowboys humiliated the Eagles?