Top 25 Most Satisfying Wins in Philadelphia Eagles History
Within those past 78 years, I will reveal the top 25 most satisfying wins in the Philadelphia Eagles history.
Declaring a game "satisfying," especially from a fan's perspective, means a lot of things. It includes importance of the game, how the game ended, and how it impacted their season. You will see many familiar games, and some not so familiar.
Narrowing down the past 78 years to only the top 25 games is tough, but I will do my best to capture the reality of the satisfactory level for the selected games.
Click away to find out the top 25 most satisfying games in the Eagles history.
25. Is Vick for Real?
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Week 9, 2010: Eagles vs Colts
When a team faces Peyton Manning and the Colts, it's not often they come out on top.
Here's the scenario. Kevin Kolb opened the season as the starter before getting hurt for Michael Vick to step in and woo the world. During a week 4 match-up against the Redskins, Vick goes down with a rib injury when Kolb replaces him, and goes 2-2 as the starter over the next four games.
Now in all reality, the Colts are a good team, and this was Vick's chance to prove himself and give it all he had. So how'd he do? He ended the game with 218 yards and one touchdown while running for 78 yards on his own.
The Eagles defense caused Manning to throw two interceptions, and the Eagles came out on top 26-24. People drank the Vick Kool-aid, and he was the new face of the franchise.
24. Throwback Wonders
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Week 3, 2007: Eagles vs Lions
This game came at a perfect time in the 2007 season, but their jerseys showed otherwise.
After starting off the season 0-2, the Eagles needed to get their act together versus the 2-0 Detroit Lions. And that they did.
McNabb threw for 381 yards and four touchdown passes, Westbrook had 110 yards rushing with 111 more receiving and scored three touchdowns while Curtis had 221 yards receiving and three touchdowns as well. Curtis also set an NFL record that day with the most receiving yards in a half with 205 yards.
This offensive dominance rooted the Eagles for their first win of the year, and it was big at 56-21.
The Eagles finished the day with 536 yards, and a huge confidence boost. This was satisfying because as a fan, you love to see your team put up 56 points against a team favored to win.
23. Kicking off the "Dream Team" Year
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Week 1, 2011: Eagles vs Rams
As this one is much more recent.
After the famous offseason the Eagles had by acquiring Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Nnamdi Asomugha, Jason Babin, Cullen Jenkins, Vince Young, Ronnie Brown and others, the Eagles were quickly favored in the league and coined the "Dream Team."
After all the waiting, the Eagles opened up 2011 against the St. Louis Rams and had their shot to prove to the league they were better than all the hype.
After a few bumpy possessions due to young linebackers and an inexperienced offensive line, the Eagles got their act together and won 31-13.
Their strong defense left Stephen Jackson, Danny Amendola, Quintin Mikell, and Sam Bradford sidelined with injuries.
Michael Vick looked sharp, the offense looked strong, and the defense was even stronger. This game proved the new-look Eagles could live up to the hype and start the season off strong.
22. The Steagles
Week 1, 1943: Steagles vs Dodgers
The times were rough. It was World War II, and many players left the game to enter the armed forces. As a result of insufficient players, the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers joined to be the Pitt-Phila 'Steagles.'
These hard times left football as many people's side job and hobby.
Starting off the 1943 season against the Brooklyn Dodgers was a good one, winning 17-10. Football gave people something to look forward to and enjoy, especially the nation's capital team.
This game is satisfying to a Eagles fan, or Steagles if you will, because even during the war, they gave people an escape and could still win their first game.
21. First Win Ever
Week 4, 1933: Eagles vs Reds
This one goes way back into the archives of 1933, the Eagles first season as a franchise. The league consisted of only 10 teams, and stats were barely kept.
Beings there were no kept stats for the game, it's good we even have the score. The Eagles first ever win came against the Cincinnati Reds, and won a whopping 6-0. This win came after three straight loses to open the team's existence, losing 56-0 to the Giants, 25-0 to the Portsmouth Spartans and 35-9 to the Packers.
I had to include this game because it was the first win ever, and you can't leave this out.
20. Where's Matt Ware?
Week 7, 2005: Eagles vs Chargers
This one is nothing short of a miracle.
Quintin Mikell and Matt Ware can be thanked for this one, as well as the entire Eagles defense.
While everyone was picking the Chargers to crush the Eagles, I stayed rather hopeful my Eagles would prevail. This was during LaDanian Tomlinson's prime, and he was the hot-shot of the league. The Eagles were taking a lot of heat for being unable to stop the run, and LT was predicted to single handedly slaughter the Eagles.
Well, that wasn't the case. The Eagles defense held LT to only seven yards on 17 carries. Yes, LT only rushed for seven yards the entire game. Also, his record-tying streak of 18 consecutive games with a touchdown ended.
That wasn't what made the game though.
With just under three minutes remaining and the Chargers charging, they led 17-13 and were set to attempt a 40-yard field goal. That's when Quintin Mikell blocked the kick, and Matt Ware was there to scoop it up and run 65 yards for the game-winning touchdown.
The Eagles pulled off a miracle and held on to win it 20-17.
19. Christmas Day Massacre
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Week 16, 2006: Eagles vs Cowboys
Another beating to the Cowboys is always something delightful. This one came on Christmas day, and it was the best present I could have asked for.
In a season sweep over the Cowboys, this game would decide the rest of the year for the Eagles. Win and your in, and that's what the Eagles did. The 23-7 victory clinched a playoff spot for the Eagles as backup Jeff Garcia led the way.
The win was their fourth-stright win, and their third consecutive win in their division.
The Eagles defense came up big in this one, allowing only 201 yards, the fewest points and yards of the Cowboys entire season.
Cowboys' running back Marion Barber was stopped three consecutive times on a goal-line stand, and that drained any life remaining in them. Lito Sheppard and Brian Dawkins both picked off Tony Romo, and Quintin Mikell recovered a kick-return fumble.
This satisfying win on Christmas meant many things. It mean that we had beaten the Cowgirls, locked up a playoff spot, our defense can come up big, and Jeff Garcia is moving the team right along as if he were McNabb.
18. Ok Grandpa, You Tried
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Week 13, 2004: Eagles vs Packers
If you're familiar with the video game Madden, then this game won't come as a shock to you as the numbers were very Madden-like.
The Eagles faced Brett Favre and the Packers on their route to the Super Bowl, and this game capitalized their strength even more.
Starting off the game, Donovan McNabb completed his first 14 passes, setting a new NFL record for most consecutive passes over two games (24).
The Packers were winners of six in a row, but it was McNabb's career high 464 passing yards with five touchdowns passes that halted the Packers streak.
The Eagles won 47-17, setting records all across the board.
Brian Westbrook caught 11 passes for 156 yards and three touchdowns, T.O. had eight catches for 161 yards and a touchdown which set an Eagles single-season record with 14 receiving touchdowns.
17. The Bounty Bowl
Week 12, 1989: Eagles vs Cowboys
There is no other team in the NFL a true Eagles fan hates more than the Dallas Cowboys. Just the sight of that blue star makes us cringe in an instant.
The same went for Eagles coach Buddy Ryan who apparently hated the Cowboys so much, he paid his players to knock some of the Cowboys' players out of the game.
Yeah, now that's hate.
This famous game happened on Thanksgiving Day in 1989 when Buddy Ryan's Eagles faced Jimmie Johnson's Cowboys, also known as the Thanksgiving Classic.
Eagles former kicker Zendejas claimed that when he was with the Eagles, a player had once received $200 – $100 each for hits on a punter and kicker.
Buddy Ryan had always been a defensive kind of guy, and this proves it.
The Eagles went on to blow-out the Cowboys 27-0. Now that makes any Eagles fan satisfied, no matter how they got the W.
16. The Bounty Bowl II
Week 14, 1989: Eagles vs Cowboys
While this game may not follow in the order of importance, it is necessary to include as a follow-up.
After the Bounty Game on Thanksgiving, word quickly spread about the alleged "bounty" and the Cowboys became furious. This was their final match-up of the season, and it was planned to be a good one.
When Eagles fans heard that the Cowboys were looking for revenge on the team, they became more rowdy than ever and greeted the Cowboys in a very welcoming way. The stadium had been filled with snow that had not been removed for several days, so every chance the Eagles fans got, they plunged Cowboys player and coaches with beer, snowballs, ice and anything they could reach.
Targets of the intense hatred included back judge Al Jury, who was knocked to the ground by an attack of snowballs, Cowboys punter Mike Saxon, who was targeted in the end zone, and Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson who was quickly escorted off the field by Philadelphia Police.
As a result, Cowboys coach Jimmie Johnson referred to Eagle fans as "thugs." Yeah, that's the way to get them to stop next time around.
Anyways, back to the game. The Eagles would win 20-10, and Eagles fans would be satisfied with the outcome, and their part in the game.
15. Go Garcia!
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Week 13, 2006: Eagles vs Panthers
Back when McNabb was the starter, he was the only one that could make things happen for the Eagles. Unfortunately, the was rather injury prone, and was forced to sit the rest of the season due to a torn right knee ligament.
That meant one thing, it's time for Jeff Garcia to finish out the season for us.
This Monday Night Football game was one to make any Eagle fan smile, and sigh of relief.
Garcia struggled early, but he was nearly unstoppable using his arm and his legs to get to that marker. The Panthers led all game until Lito Sheppard intercepted the ball twice, including the game-clincher in the Panthers end-zone.
Garcia finished with 312 yards for three huge touchdown passes, including an 8-yard pass to Westbrook in the end-zone, a 30-yard touchdown pass to Stallworth and a 40-yard TD to Reggie Brown.
The Eagles would go on to win their next seventh straight games. It's always nice to know that a backup can step in with confidence.
Eagles would win 27-24.
14. Take That, Aikman
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Week 1, 2000: Eagles vs Cowboys
This was a great beating to watch.
Season openers are always shaky games and you don't know what to expect. Well, many people didn't expect a 41-14 blowout against the Cowboys, but it happened.
Right from the kickoff, we all knew the Eagles meant business. The game started off with an Eagles onside kick, the signature play of the season. After that, they never looked back. Laying down 41 points against Troy Aikman and the Cowboys, including former Eagle Randall Cunningham.
The Eagles had 306 rushing yards, with 201 from running back Deuce Staley, and touchdowns from McNabb himself and Brian Mitchell.
Both Cowboys quarterbacks were picked off, including a pick-six from Jeremiah Trotter.
Now that's the proper way to open a season.
13. On the Road to Greatness
NFC Championship, 1980: Eagles vs Cowboys
This game goes to show you that if it's meant to be, it's meant to be.
How crazy would this game be now...the Philadelphia Eagles facing the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC championship game..wow.
Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski threw for only 91 yards on 9-29 passing attempts with two interceptions, but it was the works of running back Wilbert Montgomery that led the Eagles to a victory by rushing for 194 yards and a touchdown.
In the chilly 17 degree weather, the Eagles would win 20-7 and advance to their first ever Super Bowl.
No wonder the hated rivalry is so intense.
12. 4th and 26
NFC Divisional Game, 2003 Postseason: Eagles vs Packers
"If you need a fix, call 4th and 26" was the phrase coined by the man responsible for the play itself, Freddie Mitchell.
As the clock ticked down in regulation, quarterback Donovan McNabb and his receiver Freddie Mitchell saved the Eagles season.
With the Eagles trailing 17-14 and 1:12 left in regulation, the Eagles faced a fourth down with 26 yards to go. With the season on the line, McNabb gave life to the entire city of Philadelphia with a 28-yard completion to Freddie Mitchell.
The play then led to a 37-yard field goal by David Akers that sent the game into overtime. The play was amazing, and it caused a roar loud enough to register on the Richter Scale.
In overtime, legend Brett Favre threw an interception to no other than Brian Dawkins, and once again leading to an Akers field goal that would eliminate the Packers from contention.
Watching this game was something else, and seeing a play unravel like that live is simply amazing.
11. The Body Bag Game
Week 9, 1990: Eagles vs Redskins
If you've never heard of this game, then you are not a true Eagles fan. Unless you're too young, then it's understandable. But either way, if you have never heard of this game then be prepared to smile.
This game comes from defensive mastermind Buddy Ryan, the Eagles head coach at the time. Buddy was a brash man who breathed nothing but defense, and everyone knew that.
Well, here's some defense for you.
In this Monday Night Football match-up, the Eagles played the Redskins at the Vet. The Eagles defense was so strong, it left nine Redskins players knocked out of the game, including both of their quarterbacks. The Redskins finished with running back Brian Mitchell forced to finish at QB.
The Eagles won 28-14, and the Redskins would feel the aftermath of this game for a while.
10. The Forgotten Miracle at the Meadowlands 1.5
Week 12, 1988: Eagles vs Giants
They say great teams have both luck and skill, and I agree. When it comes to playing the Giants, that term comes fully into affect.
Many people don't recall this game, a la the Forgotten Miracle. The funny thing is, this game happened on the 10-year anniversary of the original Miracle at the Meadowlands game.
With the Philadelphia Eagles down 10-17 late in the game, Cris Carter recovered a fumble in the end-zone for a touchdown to send the game into overtime. With the Eagles going crazy over the fumble recovery, the miraculousness of this game has yet to come.
With possession in overtime, Eagles kicker Luis Zendejas lined up for a 31-yard field goal. However, it was blocked by Lawrence Taylor.
That's when the miracle happens.
Clyde Simmons scooped up the loose ball and ran it in for the walk-off overtime win. It's truly amazing how these lucky bounces led to an Eagles miracle, yet again.
9. Another Champion Squad
1949 NFL Championship: Eagles vs Rams
Coming off their previous 1948 championship win, the Eagles were seeking their second straight title for the early franchise.
Much like their first championship game during a blizzard, this year's was a little different. The game is mostly remembered for the driving rain that caused the field to become a giant mud pit, making for sloppy playing conditions.
Come on, how much more could you want out of a championship game?
The game was played in Los Angeles as the 11-1 Philadelphia Eagles faced the 8-2-2 Los Angeles Rams.
The game was rather slow and not too exciting to watch, but in the end, the Eagles got the job done and won 14-0.
The Eagles would love to repeat these years and be back-to-back champions. Even though the game was long long ago, a championship is still a championship.
8. Vick the Heroic
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Week 10, 2010: Eagles vs Redskins
This game really opened the eyes of many around the league, and showed a glimpse of how unstoppable the Eagles can be.
What better night to destroy your former quarterbacks team and get redemption than on Monday Night Football?
Surprise surprise, the Eagles and Redskins play a memorable game on MNF.
Let's break this down. Donovan McNabb was the face of the Eagles for 10 years and was a huge reason the Eagles had such success. After being traded away to the Washington Redskins, any match-ups between the two would be interesting to watch. Their first encounters were on week 4 when McNabb and the Redskins beat the Eagles 17-12 in Philly. Now, it was time for revenge.
Week 10, Monday Night Football. The first play of the game was an 88-yard strike from Vick to DeSean Jackson, and the Eagles never looked back. They jumped out to a 35-0 and were seemingly unstoppable.
Vick became the first player in NFL history with at least 300 yards passing, 50 yards rushing, four passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns in a game.
Needless to say, the Eagles dominated. 59-28 was the final score, and the Eagles were feared throughout the league.
7. Miracle at the Meadowlands
Week 12, 1978: Eagles vs Giants
I love seeing all these unfortunate things happen to the Giants, especially against the Eagles.
This game was the original miracle, and a miracle it was.
The Philadelphia Eagles fell behind early to the Giants 14-0. Late in the fourth quarter, the Giants had possession up 17-12, and was just running the clock down.
That's when "the fumble" as Giants fans call it, happened.
Giants' quarterback botched the hand off to Larry Csonka when Eagles' cornerback Herman Edwards scooped up the fumble and ran 26 yards with 20 seconds remaining for a touchdown. The game extended the Eagles' winning streak to three games, and the Giant's walked off the field with their heads down.
6. Hello, T.O
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Week 6, 2006: Eagles vs Cowboys
This game had me screaming my head off.
Week 6 marked the return of fellow Eagle Terrell Owens, in his debut with the Cowboys back in Philadelphia. The game was neck and neck, and came down to the last play. The score was 31-24, and the Cowboys were making a run to tie it up late in the game.
With only 31 seconds remaining in the game and the Cowboys just six yards away from tying it up, Eagles' cornerback Lito Sheppard picked off Tony Romo in the end-zone and returned it 102 yards to the house.
T.O ended the game with just three catches for 45 yards, while McNabb threw for 354 yards and two touchdowns.
FOX promoted this as "Game of the Year," and it was by far. Owens return to Philly was nothing short of amusing, and so were the boos as he entered the stadium.
This game was satisfying for many reasons. Not only was it against the Cowboys (the Eagles biggest rival), but because it was T.Os return, and we beat them.
Eagles won, 38-24.
5. How 'bout Dem Cowboys...losing by 38 Points?
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Week 17, 2008: Eagles vs Cowboys
The odds were against the Eagles making the playoffs this year, but you can't mess with fate.
In order for it to be a possibility, two other teams, the Chicago Bears and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would have to lose. Not only that, but the Eagles would have to defeat the Dallas Cowboys, who were also fighting for a place in the playoffs.
Being the last game of the season, the term "last but not least" certainly applies. It was by far the most exciting game of the season as they pulverized the Cowboys 44-6.
The Eagles were all over the field, making every Cowboys player's night a nightmare.
The Cowboys committed five turnovers, losing four fumbles and throwing an interception. Brian Dawkins and Akeem Jordan both had a huge night on defense, and were a big reason the Cowboys were unable of even getting a touchdown.
The Cowboys, Bucs and Bears all lost that day. The Eagles would make the playoffs, and the Cowboys would not.
4. Our Champions
1960 NFL Championship: Eagles vs Packers
For the few who can actually recall this game like it was yesterday, then this game was one of the most special for them.
It was the day after Christmas, and the location was at Franklin Field.
The Eagles faced Vince Lombardi and the Green Bay Packers, and many Eagles players can say this was the greatest win in Eagles history. Watching footage of this game is unbelievable; the style and gameplay is so different compared to today's game.
After fighting to the death, the Eagles stopped Packers running back Jim Taylor at the eight-yard line by Concrete Charlie and was unable to get off another play. The Eagles defeated the Packers 17-13, and Vince Lombardi suffered his only postseason loss ever.
This game was one of the most satisfying games for the Eagles because they were now on top of the NFL, and everyone knew it.
3. Birds First Championship
1948 NFL Championship: Eagles vs Cardinals
After just five seasons back in the league, the Eagles jumped to No.1 rather quickly.
In the first ever televised Championship game, the Philadelphia Eagles played the Chicago Cardinals in a game never to be forgotten.
Known as the "Philly Blizzard," this game was perhaps one of the most satisfying games ever for the Philadelphia Eagles. Prior to the game, a massive blizzard hit the city of Philadelphia which left many people unable to attend this phenomenal game. However, the blizzard didn't prevent the Eagles from winning.
Star running back Steve Van Buren is responsible for the famous Touchdown in the Snow, and put up the only points in the game as the Eagles won 7-0, winning their first ever Championship.
Van Buren was the face of the franchise, and holds a special place in the hearts of many.
2. Miracle at the New Meadowlands
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Week 15, 2010: Eagles vs Giants
Not only was this one of the most exciting games I have ever seen, but after the game it made me so happy I literally teared in joy.
With that being said, this game was more than satisfying.
Down 31-10 in the final 7:38 of the fourth quarter, the Eagles managed to score 28 points and gained 285 yards in less than eight minutes. That is simply amazing. Oh, the Giants only had 18 yards during that span.
However, it wasn't the march that was the most impressive part of the comeback. It was DeSean Jackson's 65-yard punt return for a touchdown as time expired.
The Eagles won the thriller 38-31, leaving all of New York stunned and speechless.
Why was the game so satisfying? Not only because of the insane comeback, but because it was against the hated rival New York Giants.
Quarterback Michael Vick finished the game with 372 yards and four touchdowns. His athleticism and talent are all reasons the Eagles were even possible of pulling the comeback off, and ultimately setting up Jackson to do his magic.
1. Fourth Time Is a Charm
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NFC Conference Championship, 2004: Eagles vs Falcons
As an Eagles fan, this was the most satisfying game in the history of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Entering the 2004 season, the Eagles have suffered three consecutive losses in the NFC Conference Championship game. They lost 24-29 to the St. Louis Rams in 2001, lost 10-27 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2002, and lost 3-14 to the Carolina Panthers in 2003.
Ask any Eagles fan, those three games were the most painful losses to the human heart. Thankfully, the Eagles overcame the choking factor and in 2004, the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Atlanta Falcons 27-10 to advance to the Super Bowl.
Being known as the team to choke is never fun, so this win meant so much to the city and fans of Philadelphia.
It was their time to win, and beating Michael Vick and the Atlanta Falcons put a smile on the face of fans bigger than any other. Hold that trophy high McNabb, hold it up high.
This is the most satisfying win in the history of the Philadelphia Eagles.