10 Greatest Seasons in Eagles History

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10 Greatest Seasons in Eagles History
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The Philadelphia Eagles have played in over 1,000 games, including 39 in the playoffs and six Superbowl and NFL title games. No doubt, the Eagles have a long and rich history. But which seasons were their greatest? What makes a season great? Is it all about what you do in the playoffs, or does it go deeper than that?

Eagles' fans have seen more than their share of ups and downs. From the "Steagles" of 1943, a combination of Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers teams due to the player shortage during World War II, to their first title in 1948, to the 17-year playoff drought between 1961-77. The Eagles have had 21 head coaches, six home fields, and 18 Hall of Famers, including Chuck Bednarik, Tommy McDonald and Reggie White.

As I look back at the Eagles' 78-year history, I attempt to pick just 10 of the greatest seasons of all-time, considering the entire impact of each season, not just the final record. But before I go into the top 10, I want to give an honorable mention to the 2006 season. That was the year when Donovan McNabb tore his ACL during week 11, leaving Jeff Garcia to take over a 5-5 team that seemed doomed to repeat the failures of its previous 6-10 season.

Garcia would eventually tally six straight victories before they bowed out against the New Orleans Saints in the NFC divisional round. It was an up-and-down season, and most fans lost all hope, before getting it back only to have our hearts shattered to the Saints in a back-and-forth thriller in the rebuilt Superdome.

Without further ado, let the countdown begin.

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