There are a lot of great rivalries in the NFL. Some are great because both teams have been great for so long like the Patriots/Colts rivalry. Other rivalries are more about two teams that flat-out don't like each other like the Raiders/Chiefs or Packers/Bears. Only one rivalry really generates a true hatred of one another.
The Cowboys, for the most part, have been the privileged, more talented team. They are white collar and they are glamorous. The Eagles have always been a blue-collar-type team that could not care less how popular or how talented the Cowboys are.
The rivalry reminds you at times of Rocky Balboa versus Apollo Creed. In the first Rocky movie, Creed was everything that the Cowboys are thought of—arrogant, glamorous, overrated and kind of a pretty boy.
The Eagles are Rocky Balboa. They are blue collar, they are underrated and they ain't pretty. They have proven over time that as the great Italian Stallion once said "Nothing's over 'til it's over." The Eagles have that never-say-die attitude.
This year's Eagles team has contradicted some of those analogies a bit. They went out and got some big-name free agents and were overrated beyond reason. With guys like Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson, they became too Hollywood, more so because of the national media than their own thinking but it happened nonetheless.
Now the Eagles are on the outside of the playoff race looking in. They will come out with a nothing-to-lose-type attitude and there's no arrogance left, only humility.
Sunday night's matchup between the Eagles and Cowboys should provide us with more memorable touchdowns. From Timmy Smith's two-touchdown performance in 1966 to DeSean Jackson's 91-yard scamper that ended with him falling backwards in the end zone, this rivalry has been full of both hate and excitement.