— Story by Brian McLaughlin @
There is no better way to start the new era of the Eagles-Cowboys rivalry, than a primetime Sunday night game. This is a big time matchup showcasing both the present and future of the NFC East.
When it comes to the Cowboys, hatred for them is something that Philadelphians are just born with. No game on the schedule means more than the games that read @ Dallas and vs Dallas. With Carson Wentz and Dak Prescott, this rivalry has the potential to be taken to a whole new level.
Before we look forward, it is always fun to take a look back at the history of Eagles-Cowboys.
It is never fun to lose to Dallas. A normal loss stings, but a loss to the Cowboys hurts for weeks. Since a loss is the last thing that I want on my mind heading into Sunday’s showdown, I decided to compile a list of the top 5 Eagles WINS over the hated Cowboys.
5. Christmas Day
Monday December 25th, 2006
The Eagles had a record of 5-5 when Jeff Garcia took over for an injured Donovan McNabb. After a rough first start, 3 straight wins set up a Christmas day showdown with the Cowboys. This game had a ton of hype. It was a battle for 1st place that featured Andy Reid vs Bill Parcells, and Terrell Owens vs his old team.
The Eagles gave their fans the perfect Christmas gift; a beat-down of the Dallas Cowboys.
Final score: Eagles 23, Cowboys 7
4. 4th down twice
Sunday December 10th, 1995
The Cowboys came into Vet Stadium as cocky as ever, having won the last 7 meetings vs the Eagles. The Eagles trailed 17-3, but came all the way back to tie it at 17. However, this game will be forever known for Barry Switzer’s decision to go for it on 4th and 1 from his own 30 yard line. The Eagles stuffed Emmitt Smith, but the Cowboys were bailed out thanks to the two minute warning. Switzer decided to run the same exact play, and Smith was stuffed for a second time!
Final score: Eagles 20, Cowboys 17
3. The Pickle Juice Game
Sunday September 3rd, 2000
This wasn’t a game to decide the division, or a game for any championship, but it was just as important as any other Eagles win over the Cowboys. This was the changing of the guard in the NFC East and the kick start to the best era in Philadelphia Eagles history.
Eagles 41, Cowboys 14
2. The Miracle
Sunday December 28th, 2008
Lincoln Financial Field
I was in the parking lot on this day. No-one believed that the Eagles would be playing a meaningful game when the 4 pm kickoff rolled around. The energy outside Lincoln Financial Field continued to grow throughout the day as people surrounded any tailgate that had a TV. Somehow, Tampa Bay and Chicago both lost, leaving the Eagles vs Cowboys a winner-take-all game for the last remaining playoff spot! I was also privileged to attend this game. Other than the 2004 NFC championship game, I had never heard a stadium so loud. In what seemed impossible at 1 pm, the Eagles had clinched a playoff berth, trouncing Dallas in the process.
Final score: Eagles 44, Cowboys 6
1. The 1980 NFC Championship
Sunday, January 11th, 1981
Imagine if the Eagles played the Cowboys in the NFC championship again? I don’t know if I could handle the pressure! Thankfully the Eagles came out victorious in this one and went on to the Super Bowl.
Final Score: Eagles 20, Cowboys 7
Sunday’s game is yet another chapter of this storied rivalry. With the way that both the Eagles and Cowboys have been playing this season, it would not surprise me if this list needed to be edited sooner rather than later.