1988 Philadelphia Eagles season
|1988 Philadelphia Eagles season|
|Head coach||Buddy Ryan|
|Home field||Veterans Stadium|
|Division place||1st NFC East|
|Playoff finish||Lost Divisional Playoffs (Bears) 20–12|
This season resulted an appearance in the postseason for the first time since 1981. The Eagles won the NFC East for the first time in seven seasons, but lost to the Chicago Bears in the NFC Divisional round during the Fog Bowl.
On the final day of the regular season, Philadelphia dumped Dallas, 23–7, but had to wait for the end to the Jets-Giants game at Giants Stadium to learn if they had clinched the division or not. The Jets won the game, 27–21, on a late TD strike from Ken O'Brien to Al Toon, giving the Eagles the NFC East crown on the tiebreaker of having beaten the Giants in both regular-season meetings.
|1||9||Keith Jackson||Tight End||Oklahoma|
|5||122||Eric Everett||Defensive Back||Texas Tech|
|7||176||Todd White||Wide Receiver||Cal State-Fullerton|
|8||207||David Smith||Running Back||Western Kentucky|
|1988 Philadelphia Eagles staff|
Special teams coaches
Strength and conditioning
|1988 Philadelphia Eagles roster|
|1||Sep 4||at Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Win||41||14||1–0|
|2||Sep 11||Cincinnati Bengals||Loss||24||28||1–1|
|3||Sep 18||at Washington Redskins||Loss||10||17||1–2|
|4||Sep 25||at Minnesota Vikings||Loss||21||23||1–3|
|5||Oct 2||Houston Oilers||Win||32||23||2–3|
|6||Oct 10||New York Giants||Win||24||13||3–3|
|7||Oct 16||at Cleveland Browns||Loss||3||19||3–4|
|8||Oct 23||Dallas Cowboys||Win||24||23||4–4|
|9||Oct 30||Atlanta Falcons||Loss||24||27||4–5|
|10||Nov 6||Los Angeles Rams||Win||30||24||5–5|
|11||Nov 13||at Pittsburgh Steelers||Win||27||26||6–5|
|12||Nov 20||at New York Giants||Win (OT)||23||17||7–5|
|13||Nov 27||Phoenix Cardinals||Win||31||21||8–5|
|14||Dec 4||Washington Redskins||Loss||19||20||8–6|
|15||Dec 10||at Phoenix Cardinals||Win||23||17||9–6|
|16||Dec 18||at Dallas Cowboys||Win||23||7||10–6|
The Eagles entered the 1988 season optimistic because the team had gone 7-5 in non-strike games the previous season. Cunningham had shown signs of greatness in 1987, and the 1987 draft brough Keith Jackson in the first round and cornerback Eric Allen in the second. The Eagles played the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Tampa Stadium where temperatures reached 90-degrees. On the Eagles’ fourth play of the game, Bucs linebacker Kevin Murphy chased Cunningham out of the pocket, and he rolled to his left and floated a 37-yard TD to Mike Quick. The first quarter ended with the Eagles up 21 to 0 after Anthony Toney ran for a TD and Cunningham threw an 8-yard TD to Jackson. The Eagles even scored on a 38-yard TD run by safety Terry Hoage on the only carry of his 13-year career.
|New York Giants||10||6||0||.625||5–3||9–5||359||304||L1|
NFC Divisional Playoff
Known as The Fog Bowl, the Bears defeated the Eagles, 20–12, in a contest in which a heavy, dense fog rolled over Chicago's Soldier Field during the second quarter and cut visibility to about 15–20 yards for the rest of the game.
Awards and honors
- NFL All-Rookie: Eric Allen
- Bert Bell Award: Randall Cunningham
- Sporting News Rookie of the Year: Keith Jackson
- The Football Database. Retrieved 2018-Jan-15.
- Frank, Reuben (September 6, 2018). "Roob's 10 observations: Nick Foles' strange career, Jason Peters' age, 2018 predictions". CSNPhilly. Philadelphia.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 19, 2009. Retrieved 2012-08-03.