Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys: Green with Envy
The Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles will renew their semiannual rivalry this Sunday in Arlington, TX. They have combined to play in 10 Super Bowls with Five Lombardi's won. This marks their 115th meeting since 1960 with the Cowboys having a 64-50 edge.
1960’s (9 Wins-10 Losses)
The first game between these two clubs happened on September 30, 1960. The game was played in Philadelphia with the Cowboys losing 27-25. The first points scored in this series went to Fred Cone after kicking a 32-yard field goal to give Dallas the early 3-0 lead in the first quarter. Norm Van Brocklin would throw the first touchdown in the series for the Eagles. The first Cowboys’ touchdown would come on a 75-yard pass from Eddie LeBaron to Frank Clarke. LeBaron added another touchdown pass to Gene Babb and a one-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Early on in the 1960’s the Eagles dominated the series with 10 wins in their first 15 games up until Oct 29, 1967. The Cowboys won three of their four games during this period at home in the Cotton Bowl. Starting with their December 10, 1967, the Cowboys would win 11 straight games. What is most impressive was the fact that Dallas did so by an average of 22 points per game. That stretch ended on October 28, 1973.
1970’s (17 Wins-3 Losses)
The Eagles opened a new stadium (Veteran’s) in 1971. Cowboys would win their first game 42-7. After a scoreless first quarter, the Cowboys would start their run of 42 straight points with a Calvin Hill one-yard touchdown run. “Mr. Cowboy” Bob Lilly scored on a seven-yard fumble return before Craig Morton would add touchdown throws of four and 16 yards. It wasn’t until the fourth quarter that the Eagles would score on a 102-yard field goal return for their lone score of the game.
That same season in 1971 the Cowboys would open Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas. The result was very much the same as that first game in the Eagles new home digs, a Cowboys victory allowing only seven points. All the scoring would come from Toni Fritsch and Duane Thomas. The Cowboys were leading 20-0 in the fourth quarter before the Eagles answered with a one-yard score from Pete Liske. The final score was 20-7.
The Eagles would win two of the next three times they would face each other. Following the second straight Cowboys victory in Philadelphia on November 19, 1972. Both wins were in Philadelphia sandwiched around a Cowboys victory at Texas Stadium. The Cowboys would begin another dominant run that would span four and half seasons.
The Eagles had already beaten the Cowboys once in 1974 when they met on October 20th. The two teams were on opposite ends of the spectrum before that game. Cowboys came into the game with a 1-4 record to the Eagles 4-1. The Cowboys faced a 17-14 deficit at halftime before scoring 17 points in the second half to pull off the victory. In the 3rdquarter, Calvin Hill scored his 3rd touchdown of the day to tie the game at 24. The victory was sealed when Roger Staubach scored on a one-yard run.
1980’s (10 Wins-9 Losses)
This decade wasn’t as good for the Cowboys as the 70’s were. The Cowboys and Eagles were closer in terms of wins and losses. This decade also marked the first time these two franchises would meet in the NFC playoffs. The game was played in Philadelphia at Veteran’s Stadium. On this cold day, the Cowboys could only muster a three-yard touchdown from Tony Dorsett in a 20-7 loss and an abrupt exit to the playoffs.
America’s Team would win the next two games in 1981 before losing at home the day after Christmas in Texas Stadium. The Cowboys win seven of the following nine games up until October 25, 1987. A mere two weeks following the Cowboys final win in the 80’s against the Eagles with a 41-22 victory. In Tom Landry’s final game in this series, the Cowboys lost at home 23-7. The following season the Cowboys lost both games by a combined 47-10 under new head coach Jimmy Johnson.
1990’s (14 Wins-8 Losses)
The Cowboys were being re-built in the early 90’s under the guide of new owner Jerry Jones and his former college teammate Jimmy Johnson. The Cowboys lost their first three games of the decade before they would get back into the win column after eight straight defeats. In the second game of the 1991 season, the Cowboys pulled out the victory 25-13 following their 24-0 loss at home. Michael Irvin had one touchdown receiving and Kelvin Martin had an 85 punt return for a touchdown in that game.
In 1992 the two teams would split their regular season matchups with the host team winning each contest. On January 10, 1993, they would meet for the third time in the divisional round of the playoffs. The Eagles beat the Saints in New Orleans to advance out of the wild card round. Troy Aikman threw two touchdown passes and Emmitt Smith ran for another in route to a 34-10 victory. This victory was the first for the Cowboys in the playoffs on their way to a Super Bowl Championship.
The Cowboys would win all four games against Philadelphia in 1993 and 1994. They would split the season series in 1995 before meeting a third time as they did in 1992. The Cowboys were heavy favorites in this game as Vegas had the Eagles as two touchdown underdogs. Chris Boniol kicked an early field goal to give the Cowboys a 3-0 advantage. Smith and Deion Sanders added touchdown runs after the Eagles tied it up. Aikman found Irvin in the end zone for a nine-yard score to put Dallas up 30-3 in the 4th. A late touchdown drive by the Eagles made the final 30-11. Once again the Cowboys were well on their way to another Super Bowl Championship.
Cowboys would finish out the 90’s winning five of the remaining eight games they would play. This included the final game of the decade, a 20-10 victory at Texas Stadium.
2000’s (8 Wins-13 Losses)
In 2000 it appeared to be a changing of the guard. The Cowboys were trying to rebuild the team around Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith and the Eagles were hungry to have their time to shine. The Eagles won six straight games against the Cowboys spanning from 2000-2002.
In the first matchup of 2003, the Eagles tried to catch the Cowboys off guard by attempting an onside kick to start the game. Cowboys’ Randal Williams fielded the kick and ran it 37 yards for the opening score only three seconds into the game. The Cowboys and Eagles would trade points throughout the game until Billy Cundiff hit the game-winning field goal with a little over a minute left for the 23-21 victory. The Cowboys didn’t fare as well in their second game.
The first time these two teams met at Lincoln Financial Field, the Eagles won 36-10. The Cowboys tied the game at the half when Jeff Robinson caught a 3-yard pass from Quincy Carter with 26 seconds remaining before halftime. The Eagles added 26 unanswered in the second half to close out the game. Philadelphia would then sweep the series in 2004.
The following season the Cowboys returned the favor. In the first contest of that season, the Cowboys took a commanding 27-3 halftime lead behind three touchdown passes from Drew Bledsoe, two of which went the way of Terry Glenn. Both players were in New England under now head coach Bill Parcells. The final score was 33-10.
In their third trip to the new Lincoln Financial Field, the Cowboys final came through but not before some late-game heroics. Heading into the fourth quarter Dallas was trailing 17-7 until David Akers added a field goal to go up 20-7 with 10 minutes left to play. The Cowboys lone score to this point was a Marion Barber one-yard score. Glenn would catch a 20-yard pass from Bledsoe to get within one score. Only 30 seconds later, Roy Williams would pick off McNabb for the game-winning pick six.
From 2006-2007 Dallas would only win once in four games. A 38-17 victory during their 13-3 campaign of 2007 at the Linc. In 2008 the Cowboys would host their final game against the Eagles at Texas Stadium. The Cowboys would respond to two field goals by Philadelphia with a 72-yard touchdown pass from Tony Romo to Terrell Owens and a 98-yard kickoff return from Felix Jones to take a 14-6 lead.
Philadelphia would score 24 points in the 2nd quarter to take a 30-24 lead into halftime. Early on in the 4th, the Eagles would retake the lead 37-31 with a Brian Westbrook touchdown run. Marion Barber one-yard touchdown was the winning score with five minutes remaining. The follow-up game came in Philadelphia in which the Eagles won handily 44-6. The Cowboys needed the win to secure the division but were unable to be competitive in the game. This began the “Romo win and get in” stat that was overused in the media.
In 2009 these two teams met three times during the season. The Cowboys won the first game in Philadelphia 20-16. In the final game of the season, they would meet again knowing they would play a week later for the third time. The Cowboys won the game 24-0 behind touchdowns from Jason Witten, Patrick Crayton, and Felix Jones. 100,000 people packed into AT&T Stadium, then called Cowboys Stadium, to watch the game. Six days later they met again in the 2009 NFL Wild Card Round.
The Cowboys won this game to give them the rare three-game sweep in the season series. Dallas scored 27 points in the second quarter to put this game away early. When Jones scored on a 73-yard run late in the 3rd quarter, it put the game on ice. The final score was 34-14
2010’s (6 wins-6 losses)
Over the first four games of this decade, the Cowboys only won one contest with a 14-13 win at Philadelphia. In that game, the Cowboys were trailing 13-7 late in the final quarter. It wasn’t until there was less than a minute left in the game before Stephen McGee capped off a game-winning drive with a four-yard touchdown pass to Witten.
Following being swept in 2011 including another win and in the game the Cowboys would win the next three against the Eagles. In the middle of the three games was the last time in this series that the home team won. The Cowboys defeated the Eagles 38-33 in Arlington, Texas at AT&T Stadium. Romo threw for 303 yards in the game. Dez Bryant added two touchdowns and Morris Claiborne sealed the game with a 50-yard fumble return for a touchdown.
In the last three games in Arlington, the Eagles have come away victorious, while the Cowboys have countered with four straight victories in Philadelphia since 2012. If the trend holds the Cowboys and Eagles will be tied atop the division. The Eagles are coming off a victory in which they knocked off the once undefeated Minnesota Vikings and the Cowboys are riding a five-game win streak coming off the bye week.
The game is the Sunday Night Football game of the week. This game features two of the up and coming quarterbacks who are both rookies. The Cowboys are five point favorites heading into this game with a 5-0-1 record against the spread while the Eagles are 4-2.
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