The Top 10 Best EAGLES Games of the Andy Reid Era

Bryn SwartzSenior Writer IIINovember 3, 2008

This is a list of the 10 greatest Philadelphia Eagles games under Andy Reid. This list includes only regular-season games. It will not include the "4th-and-26 game," nor the NFC Championship win against Atlanta. It includes games against divisional rivals, blowouts, close games, etc.


10) 2001: Eagles 10, Giants 9 — Finally. The Eagles ended a nine-game losing streak against the division-rival New York Giants. Donovan McNabb threw an 18-yard touchdown strike to James Thrash with 1:52 remaining to give the Eagles the lead in the division.

It was also the Eagles' first win on Monday Night Football in seven years. The Eagles survived six sacks by the New York Giants' defense. Donovan rushed for 40 yards, including a 21-yard scramble to seal the game late in the fourth quarter.


9) 2008: Eagles 15, Pittsburgh 6 — I thought that this game was a Super Bowl preview, and it still could be. The Eagles soundly whipped Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers, sacking him eight times. They tackled him in the end zone for a safety and eventually knocked him out of the game.

Byron Leftwich replaced Big Ben, and the Eagles' sacked him as well. Brian Westbrook left the game in the second quarter with an ankle injury, and Correll Buckhalter took over, eventually scoring on a 20-yard reception. Brian Dawkins clinched the game for the Eagles with a diving sack, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery with three minutes remaining.


8) 2005: Eagles 20, San Diego 17 — Forever known as the Matt Ware game. With under three minutes remaining, the Chargers led 17-13 and were set to attempt a 40-yard field goal. Quintin Mikell blocked the kick, which was picked by and returned for a 65-yard touchdown by backup cornerback Matt Ware.

The Eagles held on to win 20-17. LaDanian Tomlinson, one year before setting the single-season record with 31 touchdowns, rushed for seven—yes, SEVEN—yards on 17 carries, including -10 yards after his first four carries.

L.T.'s record-tying streak of 18 consecutive games with a touchdown ended. Donovan McNabb survived two blatant roughing-the-passer penalties to set an Eagles record with 35 completions and T.O. caught his 100th career touchdown pass.


7) 2006: Eagles 27, Carolina 24 — This Monday night thriller marked the first win for Jeff Garcia and started the Eagles on a five-game winning streak that ended with a division title. Garcia threw three touchdown passes and no interceptions, as the Birds improved to 6-6, jumping right back into the NFC playoff race, just two weeks after Donovan McNabb's season-ending ACL injury left them for dead.

Lito Sheppard intercepted two passes, including the game-clinching interception in the end zone with under a minute to play. Reggie Brown scored his fourth fourth-quarter touchdown of the season on a 40-yard strike.


6) 2006: Eagles 23, Dallas 7 — The Christmas Day Massacre. This one was extra special, as it clinched a playoff spot for the Eagles. It completed a season sweep over the 'Boys. It came in Dallas, and it was the perfect Christmas gift. Jeff Garcia rallied the troops to their fourth consecutive victory, and their third straight on the road against a divisional opponent.

The defense had their biggest goal-line stand of the season, stopping Marion Barber on three straight plays and completely shifting the momentum of the game in the Birds' favor.

Lito Sheppard and Brian Dawkins intercepted Tony Romo, while Quintin Mikell recovered a fumble on a kickoff return. L.J. Smith caught a 65-yard pass from Garcia, and Correll Buckhalter sealed the win with a one-yard touchdown plunge in the fourth quarter.


5) 2000: Eagles 41, Dallas 14 — The game began with an onside kick, the signature play of the 2000 season. The Eagles never backed down, using 306 rushing yards, including 201 by Deuce Staley, to clobber the Cowboys. Jeremiah Trotter returned an interception for a touchdown and the Eagles scored on rushing touchdowns by Staley, Donovan McNabb, and Brian Mitchell.

The Birds added five sacks, while intercepting both Troy Aikman and former Eagle superstar Randall Cunningham. The famous Eagles-Cowboys rivalry became extremely one-sided for the next five years.


4) 2004: Eagles 49, Dallas 21 — Coming off what would be their only loss of the season (I don't count the two when we rested our starters), the Eagles whipped the Cowboys in Texas Stadium as bad as any game in the history of the rivalry. The game was noted for Donovan McNabb's scramble of 14.1 seconds and his eventual 60-yard bomb to Freddie Mitchell.

T.O. caught six passes for 134 yards and three touchdowns, while McNabb threw for 345 yards and four touchdowns. Lito Sheppard returned a fourth-quarter Drew Bledsoe pass back 101 yards for a touchdown. The Birds improved to 8-1 and would clinch the division title two weeks later.


3) 2007: Eagles 56, Detroit 21 — The Eagles were 0-2 and needed a win to essentially save their season. The Lions were 2-0 and would eventually start 6-2. But on their home turf, the Eagles were virtually perfect.

They scored on their first five possessions and sacked Lions' QB Jon Kitna nine times. Philly scored 42 first-half points and coasted in the second half. McNabb posted a perfect quarterback rating, throwing for 381 yards and four touchdowns, while Kevin Curtis caught 11 passes for 221 yards and three touchdowns (all in a seven-minute span).

He set an NFL-record with 205 yards receiving in the first half. Brian Westbrook totaled 100 yards both rushing and receiving, scoring three total touchdowns.


2) 2004: Eagles 47, Green Bay 17 — The Birds clobbered Brett Favre and the Packers, who were winners of six straight games. McNabb completed his first 14 passes, setting an NFL-record for most consecutive passes completed over a two-game span (24).

He set career-highs with 464 yards passing and five touchdowns. Brian Westbrook caught 11 passes for 156 yards and three touchdowns, while T.O. caught eight passes for 161 yards and a touchdown, setting an Eagles single-season record with 14 receiving touchdowns. In a day full of records and personal bests, Andy Reid notched his 67th win as a head coach, moving into first place in Eagles' history.


1) 2006: Eagles 38, Dallas 24 — This is my all-time favorite regular-season Eagles game. Oct. 8, 2006 marked the return of Terrell Owens to Philadelphia, where we greeted him about as well as if the devil himself had entered the stadium.

FOX promoted this as the game of the year, and it certainly didn't disappoint. Donovan McNabb threw for 354 yards and two touchdowns, including an 87-yard touchdown to rookie Hank Baskett. McNabb also rushed for one touchdown and helped the Eagles end a seven-game losing streak to divisional rivals.

T.O. caught just three passes for 45 yards, also dropping a pass, which, if caught, would have resulted in a big hit by safety Michael Lewis. Lito Sheppard returned an interception 102 yards with 16 seconds remaining to give the Eagles the lead in the division (my all-time favorite Eagles play).


Bonus* 2007: New England 31, Eagles 28 — The Eagles played about as well as any game in the Andy Reid Era in Foxboro against the undefeated New England Patriots. Playing without five-time Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb, the Eagles used A.J. Feeley and were 22-point underdogs.

Feeley threw three touchdown passes and the Eagles actually led 28-24 going into the fourth quarter, but two fourth quarter interceptions sealed the fate of Philly, as the Patriots escaped with a 31-28 victory. Westbrook totaled 92 yards and scored a touchdown, while Greg Lewis played well against the Patriots again, catching 88 yards and two touchdowns.