Cowboys–Eagles rivalry

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Dallas Cowboys–Philadelphia Eagles
Cowboys wordmark.svg
Dallas Cowboys
Philadelphia Eagles wordmark.svg
Philadelphia Eagles
First meetingSeptember 25, 1960
Eagles 27, Cowboys 25
Latest meetingDecember 22, 2019
Eagles 17, Cowboys 9
Next meeting2020 NFL season
Meetings total122 meetings (including playoffs)
All-time seriesCowboys lead 69-53
Most recent
December 22, 2019
Philadelphia Eagles 17, Dallas Cowboys 9
Largest victoryOctober 9, 1966
Dallas Cowboys 56, Philadelphia Eagles 7

The Cowboys–Eagles rivalry is a rivalry between the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles. The rivalry has been ranked number one overall in the NFL in 1992 and 2014, characterized by bitterly contested games that are typical of the NFC East. The Cowboys lead the overall series, 69–53. The teams have met in the playoffs four times, with the Cowboys holding a 3–1 advantage.

A "Dallas Sucks" jersey being worn by an Eagles fan at a 2019 home game.

Notable moments[edit]

  • On November 12, 1979, Tony Franklin kicked what was then the longest field goal in Eagles history, 59 yards, to help the Eagles win their first-ever game at Texas Stadium, 31-21 (The kick has since been bettered by Jake Elliott's 61 yard kick in 2017). The Eagles were on a three-game losing streak when they went to Dallas for the Monday Night Football game and things did not look promising when quarterback Ron Jaworski was knocked out, but back-up John Walton threw a touchdown pass to Charlie Smith and Franklin kicked the long field goal that Landry said took the juice out right before the half.
  • 1980 NFC Championship Game, January 11, 1981 – After losing to the Cowboys in all but 3 games from 1967–79, the Eagles finished first in the NFC East in 1980 due to tie-breaking procedures (both teams 12–4 and splitting the meetings between each other, but the Eagles scored more points) and claimed the 1-seed. The 1980 NFC Championship was also called the "Blue Jersey Game", on the account that the Eagles, having the choice as the home team, made the Cowboys wear their seemingly cursed blue jerseys (a stigma that dated back to Super Bowl V). To the cheers of a roaring Veterans Stadium crowd, the Eagles defeated the Cowboys 20–7.
  • The 1987 NFL Season – With many of the Cowboys players crossing the picket line during the strike, Dallas humiliated the replacement-laden Eagles 41–22. Buddy Ryan accused Tom Landry of running up the score (something Buddy Ryan had accused him of before), and Ryan had his heart set on revenge. With little time remaining and the Eagles up by ten, Randall Cunningham faked a kneel down and tossed a long pass into the end zone, resulting in a pass interference call. With the Eagles at the one, a final touchdown made the score 37–20.
  • The Bounty Bowls (I and II) and – The two 1989 meetings were nicknamed the Bounty Bowls, due to the accusation by Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson that the Eagles had set a bounty on Dallas players, particularly Quarterback Troy Aikman and Kicker Luis Zendejas. In the second game at Veterans Stadium, Eagles' fans threw snowballs, ice, and beer onto the field. Several game participants were targeted, including back judge Al Jury and Cowboys punter Mike Saxon (both struck by snowballs), as well as Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson, who was hit with objects as he was escorted off the field by the Philadelphia Police Department. The Eagles won both Bounty Bowl games; 27-0 at Dallas and 20-10 in Philadelphia.
  • In October 1990, the Eagles and Cowboys met for what became known as the "Porkchop Bowl". The week before game day in Dallas, Philadelphia head coach Buddy Ryan and Ted Plumb, his offensive coordinator were out for dinner. Coach Ryan was dining on pork chops and started to choke. Plumb quickly initiated the Heimlich maneuver and saved Ryan's life. Word of the incident spread in Dallas, and hatred by Dallas fans was so fevered towards Ryan that former Cowboys' president Tex Schramm dubbed the pending game on October 28 the "Porkchop Bowl." When the game began, Dallas fans tossed pork chops and similar simulated meat products from the stands toward the Eagles bench.
  • 1991 Regular Season – The Eagles began the 1991 season by defeating the Cowboys 24–0 in Dallas in Week 3. During that game, the Eagles set a record with 11 sacks of Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman. Meanwhile, riding a three-game winning streak, Dallas entered Veterans Stadium in Week 16 with a chance at a playoff berth. The Cowboys benefited from Eagles QB Randall Cunningham being injured, and rode a Kelvin Martin punt return for a touchdown to a 25–13 victory. The loss eliminated the Eagles from the playoff picture.
  • 1992–1995 – The Eagles started the 1992 season 5–0 and met the undefeated Cowboys on Monday Night Football. En route to a 31–7 win, the Eagles' number one-ranked defense held the Cowboys' offense to one first-quarter touchdown. However, later that year, the Cowboys ousted the Eagles from the Division Round Playoffs 34–10. Two years later, the Cowboys bounced the Eagles from the Division Round of the Playoffs a second time, winning 30–11. The Cowboys eventually advanced to, and won, Super Bowls in both seasons.
  • October 31, 1993: In the middle of a rainstorm on Halloween, Emmitt Smith ran for 237 yards; setting a Cowboys record for most yards by a running back in a single game as the Cowboys won 23–10.
  • In November 1996, with the Eagles leading at 24-21, James Willis made a memorable play in what was a relatively unmemorable career as an Eagles linebacker when he intercepted a Troy Aikman pass in the end zone and lateraled the ball to Troy Vincent who took it the distance to complete a 104-yard touchdown. The Eagles would go on to win 31–21.
  • Trailing by one point, the Eagles were a short field goal on the last play of the game from defeating the Cowboys on. Punter Tom Hutton could not handle the snap for kicker Chris Boniol and, after a brief scramble, was tackled by the Dallas defense to secure a 21–20 Cowboys victory.
  • On October 10, 1999, Dallas wide receiver Michael Irvin suffered a career ending spinal cord injury while playing at Veterans Stadium. The crowd cheered when Irvin did not get up and chanted "Deion sucks" when Irvin's teammate, Deion Sanders, consoled him.
  • In September 2000, the Eagles and Cowboys met in what would later become known as the "Pickle Juice" game. With temperatures at 109+ degrees, the Eagles pulled their players off the field and; to prevent cramping, had the players drink pickle juice, a practice the club had begun during training camp as a means to combat both dehydration and cramping. The experiment proved to be a success as the Eagles handed the Cowboys their worst opening day loss since 1963: defeating them by a score of 41–14.
  • In September 2002, during their final home opener at Veterans Stadium, the Eagles overcame a slow start and blasted the Dallas Cowboys 44–13. The defense collected four turnovers and sacked Quincy Carter four times. This marked the highest point total for an Eagles team that would finish the season with 415 points: the most they've ever scored in franchise history.
  • October 12, 2003: In Week 6 of the 2003 season, the 2–2 Eagles met the 3–1 Cowboys and fell to them 23–21; their first loss to the Cowboys since 1999. One of the most notable moments during that game occurred during the opening kickoff. Andy Reid had tried an onside kick to start the game; however, Cowboys' coach Bill Parcells, was not fooled and the gamble blew up in Philadelphia's face. Randal Williams fielded the bouncing kick and raced into the end zone untouched in three seconds – the fastest touchdown in NFL history.
  • December 2003: In their first meeting at Lincoln Financial Field, the Eagles crushed the Bill Parcells-led Cowboys 36–10. The Eagles defense held the Cowboys to 150 yards rushing, collected 3 sacks of quarterback Quincy Cater, forced two interceptions and a safety.
  • November 15, 2004: In a Monday Night Football game that is probably more remembered for a controversial pre-game promotion featuring Terrell Owens and Desperate Housewives actress Nicollette Sheridan, the Eagles throttled the Cowboys in Texas Stadium, 49–21. In addition, Eagles QB Donovan Mcnabb redefined pocket presence by eluding Cowboys defenders for 14 seconds on one notable play before launching a 60 yard pass to Freddie Mitchell. At the time, this was the highest scoring game in the Eagles-Cowboys rivalry and was the highest point total ever for a visiting team at Texas Stadium.
  • 5 Weeks later, on December 19, 2004; the Eagles and Cowboys met again in a defensive struggle which meant home field advantage if the Eagles won. The Eagles won 12–7 and having what was; at the time their best season in franchise history at 13–3. Unfortunately, this game also turned sour in the third quarter when Roy Williams made a horse-collar tackle on Terrell Owens, breaking his ankle. He was later ruled out until the Super Bowl.
  • In their first meeting of the 2005 season, Quarterback Drew Bledsoe needed only four plays to lead the Cowboys to a touchdown to open the game. The Eagles defense made a nice goal-line stand on the Cowboys' next possession, but when Dallas got the ball back, Bledsoe connected with Terry Glenn for a 38-yard score, Glenn's second touchdown. A José Cortéz field goal left the Eagles in another 17–0 hole. Donovan McNabb and the Eagles managed a field goal on their first drive of the second quarter, but there would be no comeback this week. Bledsoe tossed another touchdown pass, this one to Lousaka Polite, making it 24–3 Dallas. Bledsoe led the Cowboys to field-goal drives to end the half and to start the third quarter, leaving the Eagles behind 30–3. The only bright moment of the game for Philadelphia was Lito Sheppard stripping receiver Keyshawn Johnson of the ball in the third quarter and Sheldon Brown recovering and racing 80 yards for the touchdown, Brown's second defensive touchdown in as many weeks. The Eagles were held to a paltry 129 offensive yards in the embarrassing loss and their pass defense was mauled by Bledsoe. Even worse was to come for the Eagles 5 weeks later.
  • In Week 10 of the 2005 season, the Eagles welcomed the Cowboys to Lincoln Financial Field needing a win to keep any playoff hopes alive. They limped into this game 4-4, and had already lost to the Cowboys 33-10 in Week 5. The Eagles appeared to be in control, as they held a 20-7 lead late in the game. But with 4 minutes to go in the 4th quarter, the Cowboys scored to cut the lead to 20-14 and then came the nail in the coffin, as Donovan McNabb threw an interception to Roy Williams who returned the ball 45 yards for a touchdown. To make matters worse, the Eagles QB re-injured his sports hernia attempting to make the tackle. The Eagles would later finish the season 6-10; while the Cowboys would finish 9-7. Furthermore, the Eagles became one of the first teams who: a year after sweeping all of their divisional opponents would reverse that trend by being swept by their opponents.
  • On October 8, 2006, wide receiver Terrell Owens, who had previously played for the Eagles, played his first game in Philadelphia as a Cowboy. The Eagles won 38–24 with a late interception return for a touchdown by Lito Sheppard. Owens was held to 3 catches and 45 yards.
  • On Christmas Day 2006, an amazing December turnaround of the Philadelphia Eagles continued with another road win over a division rival. Philadelphia's surprising 23–7 victory over the Dallas Cowboys clinched a playoff spot. The following week, a Dallas loss to the Detroit Lions gave the Eagles the NFC East title.
Pre-snap activity during a Cowboys–Eagles game in 2007
  • In Week 9 of the 2007 NFL Season, The division-leading Cowboys handed the Eagles a decisive 38–17 loss on Sunday Night Football in Philadelphia. One of the most memorable moments of the game was tight end Jason Witten making a 53-yard reception after losing his helmet.
  • In December 2007, their rematch featured a score that never happened in a 10-6 win for the Eagles. Running back Brian Westbrook could’ve easily scored a touchdown late in the fourth quarter. He had a 24-yard run but stopped just short of the end zone. He took a knee at the 1-yard line. Well, in the history of Eagles vs. Cowboys games, it ended up being a genius move. Dallas had no timeouts left. Quarterback Donovan McNabb took three knees, and the rest is history.
  • In Week 2 of the 2008 season, the Eagles and Cowboys met in the final Monday Night Football game at Texas Stadium. When the dust settled, The game featured the second most first half points in MNF history (54) and most combined points in the rivalry's history (78). The Cowboys beat the Eagles 41-37 in a game that featured 7 lead changes.
  • On December 28, 2008, in Week 17 of the 2008 season, the Eagles and Cowboys faced off in Philadelphia with a wild card playoff berth on the line. The winner would claim the sixth and final wild card spot in the NFC, and the loser would be eliminated from playoff contention. This situation was brought about by losses earlier in the day by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Chicago Bears, which kept the Eagles' playoff hopes alive. The Eagles did not squander the opportunity and took a 27–3 halftime lead on their way to a 44–6 blowout of the Cowboys. It was Terrell Owens' last game as a Cowboy.
  • In Week 9 of the 2009 NFL season, the Eagles and Cowboys met for their 100th game at Lincoln Financial Field. Both teams came into this game 5-2 and looking to take control of the NFC East. The game was hard fought; with the Cowboys holding a 10-6 lead by halftime only for the Eagles to go up 13-10 in the 3rd quarter. But with just under 8 minutes to go, QB Tony Romo threw a 49-yard TD pass to Miles Austin midway through the fourth quarter and the Dallas Cowboys held on to beat the Eagles 20-16.
  • On January 3, 2010, in Week 17 of the 2009 season, the Cowboys (10–5) hosted their regular season finale against the Eagles (11–4) in a regular season-sealing claim for the NFC East crown. The Cowboys would win the day, shutting out the Eagles, 24–0. With the victory, the Cowboys would once again reclaim first place in their division and improve to 11–5. Despite the loss, the Eagles were the #6 seed in the NFC, while the Cowboys earned the #3 seed, setting the stage for a rematch in the first round of the playoffs. For the third time that year, the Cowboys defeated the Eagles, with a final score of 34–14. The Cowboys and Eagles combined to set an NFL record for the most penalty yards in a playoff game, ever. The two teams were penalized 23 times for 228 yards. This was the last game with the Eagles for quarterback Donovan McNabb, who was traded to the Washington Redskins in the offseason.
  • In December 2010, The Eagles defeated the Cowboys in a wild 30–27 win. Philadelphia delivered the game's opening strike with a 1-yard touchdown run from quarterback Michael Vick, but the Cowboys answered with quarterback Jon Kitna completing a 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jason Witten. The Eagles regained the lead in the second quarter with Vick locating offensive guard Todd Herremans on a 1-yard touchdown pass. Afterwards, Dallas closed out the half with kicker David Buehler making a 50-yard field goal. The Cowboys took the lead in the third quarter as Buehler got a 43-yard field goal, followed by running back Felix Jones getting a 3-yard touchdown run. Philadelphia struck back with a 39-yard field goal from kicker David Akers. The Eagles tied the game with a 50-yard field goal from Akers, followed by Vick connecting with wide receiver DeSean Jackson on a 91-yard touchdown pass and Akers' 28-yard field goal. Dallas tried to rally as Kitna completed a 22-yard touchdown pass to Witten, yet the Eagles held on for the victory.
  • In Week 10 of the 2012 season, the Eagles and Cowboys met in what turned out to be an ugly affair for the Eagles. Going into this game, both teams came in with losing records of 3-5 which marked the first time in 22 years both teams met with records that were sub .500. They scored first with Michael Vick hooking up with Riley Cooper on a 2-yard touchdown pass for a 7–0 lead, however, the Boys responded with Tony Romo finding Felix Jones on an 11-yard pass for a 7–7 lead. Then increased their lead in the 2nd quarter as Dan Bailey kicked a 30-yard field goal for a 10–7 halftime lead. Michael Vick had been knocked out of the game and was possibly out for the season after going 6/9 for 70 yards and a touchdown pass. Rookie QB Nick Foles would get his first NFL action and threw his first touchdown pass to Jeremy Maclin from 44 yards out as the Eagles retook a 14–10 lead while Henery moved the team ahead 17–10 with a 40-yard field goal. After this, the Cowboys went back to work as Romo found Dez Bryant on a 30-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 17–17. Then the Boys retook the lead with Dwayne Harris returned a punt 78-yards for a touchdown for a 24–17 lead followed up by Brandon Carr returning an interception 47 yards for a touchdown and a 31–17 lead. The Eagles then got back to work with Stanley Havili 1-yard touchdown run (with a failed PAT) to shorten the lead to 31–23. But the Boys wrapped the game up with Jason Hatcher's fumble recovery in the end zone for a final score of 38–23.
  • In Week 13 of the 2012 season, the Eagles limped into their second meeting with the Cowboys with a record of 3-8 and looking to keep any hopes of playoff aspirations alive. Unfortunately, a 38-33 loss to the Cowboys secured them their 3rd losing season since 1999 and their first since 2005. Thus this season became their 3rd losing season under Andy Reid as the Eagles were swept by the Cowboys for the first time since 2009. Also with the loss, the Eagles were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.
  • On October 20, 2013, the Eagles and Cowboys met for the first time under new Eagles head coach Chip Kelly at Lincoln Financial Field. In an unexpected defensive tussle, a banged-up defense shut down Chip Kelly's prolific offense and the Cowboys overcame a sluggish start to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 17-3 to take sole possession of first place in the NFC East.
  • On December 29, 2013, in Week 17 of the 2013 season, the Eagles and Cowboys faced off in Dallas for the de facto NFC East Championship. The winner would thus claim the third seed in the NFC Playoffs and the loser would be eliminated from playoff contention. The Eagles won 24–22 on an interception by Brandon Boykin with the Kyle Orton pass intended for Miles Austin. This sealed the victory with 1:43 remaining in the game. Tony Romo missed the game after being injured the previous week.
  • On December 14, 2014, the Cowboys met the Eagles on a Sunday night with both teams at 9–4. The Cowboys took a 21–0 lead early in the 2nd quarter, but the Eagles would score 24 straight points capped off by a Darren Sproles 1-yard run to take a 24–21 lead with 5 minutes left in the third quarter. The Cowboys would however re-take control and win 38–27 to split the season series and take possession of the NFC East lead for the first time in the season. The Eagles, who controlled the division for the entire season, were eliminated from playoff contention the next week.
  • On March 12, 2015, former Cowboys running back and reigning NFL rushing champ DeMarco Murray signed with the Eagles. This enraged some Cowboys fans, calling Murray a "traitor". The Cowboys and Eagles met for the first time of the 2015 season in week 2 in Philadelphia. Murray was held to 2 rushing yards on 13 carries. Additionally, The Cowboys would go on to win 20–10; but not before Tony Romo was knocked out of the game by Eagles rookie LB Jordan Hicks, which would keep him out of action for weeks to come.
  • On November 8, 2015, the Eagles and Cowboys met in Dallas. Dallas while riding a 5-game losing streak, was still feeling the effects of Injured QB Tony Romo from the Week 2 game in Philadelphia and the loss of the now Eagles RB DeMarco Murray in the offseason. Philadelphia came in with an underwhelming (3–4) record with questions about their offensive scheme and the direction of HC Chip Kelly's personnel moves. However, both teams would still find themselves in the thick of the NFC East race with a win, mainly due to the fact that the Giants were only 4–4 at the time. Many expected a low scoring defensive battle but that was clearly not the case as the Eagles would win in OT over the Cowboys 33–27. A wild game in Dallas that featured back and forth action between the two teams with their seasons on the line. It would come down to overtime when Sam Bradford threw a touchdown pass to wide receiver Jordan Matthews to seal the Eagles victory. It was the third-straight season split between the two, the third straight time the road team won both games, and the twelfth straight year the road team won at least once in the series.[1]
  • On October 30, 2016, the Eagles and Cowboys faced off in a battle of rookie QB's between Carson Wentz and Dak Prescott. Thanks to a fourth quarter rally by Dak Prescott, the Cowboys were able to tie the Eagles at 23–23, sending the game into overtime. Despite a rough start, Prescott finished the game with 287 yards with two touchdowns, including a 5-yard pass to tight end Jason Witten that allowed the Cowboys to defeat the Eagles with a final score of 29–23.
  • On November 11, 2018; the Eagles and Cowboys met for the first time in 2018. Tensions were high from the start. In fact, the two teams didn’t wait until the opening kickoff to mix it up, getting in a brawl during pre-game warmups. The Cowboys came in with a record of 3–5 while the Eagles came in with a mark of 4–4. The Eagles were favored by 7 points and expected to dominate, but the Cowboys pulled away late and handed the Eagles a 27–20 loss and never trailed behind a dominant performance from RB Ezekiel Elliott and a dominant defensive effort.
  • In their re-match on December 9, 2018, The Cowboys came in on a 4 game winning streak at 7–5 and the struggling Eagles rolled in with a 6–6 record. With the help of three go-ahead touchdowns by Amari Cooper, 455 passing yards from Dak Prescott, and 192 scrimmage yards from Ezekiel Elliott, the Dallas Cowboys won 29–23 in overtime. As a result, the Cowboys swept the season series over the Eagles and took a 2 game lead in the division over the Eagles and Washington Redskins after this victory.
  • On October 20, 2019; the Eagles and Cowboys met with identical records of 3-3 looking to take control of the NFC East. The Cowboys didn't squander the opportunity and buried the Eagles with a score of 37-10. The Cowboys defense forced fumbles on the Eagles' first two drives that the offense turned into two touchdowns. From that point on, the Cowboys never looked back. Out of the two fumbles, one of which was the first career sack by Cowboys Defensive end Demarcus Lawrence who, up to this point had never recorded a sack against the Eagles. Later, in a span of three plays in the fourth quarter, Xavier Woods intercepted a pass and Kerry Hyder recovered a fumble from Eagles QB Carson Wentz. All told, Carson Wentz had three turnovers – two fumbles and an interception. He finished 16-of-26 for 191 yards with a touchdown as well for an 80.8 QB rating. Meanwhile, Dak Prescott finished the game 21-of-27 for 239 yards with a touchdown and an interception for a QB rating of 100.5. He put an exclamation point on the night with an 8-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter
  • On December 22nd, at Lincoln Financial Field, an injury-ravaged Eagles team defeated the rival Dallas Cowboys 17-9, avenging their Week 7 loss in Dallas and taking the lead in the NFC East for the first time all season. The victory improved Philadelphia to 8-7.The Eagles would go on to win the division the following week, eliminating the Cowboys. At the conclusion of the season, the Cowboys fired head coach Jason Garrett while the Eagles lost in the Wild Card round to the Seattle Seahawks.

Season-by-season results[edit]

Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles Season-by-Season Results


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