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Rooted In Rivalry: Redskins And Eagles

Posted Oct 18, 2017

With another installment in one the NFL’s oldest rivalries on the horizon, Redskins.com highlights some of the best matchups between the Redskins and Eagles.

With another installment in one the NFL’s oldest rivalries on the horizon, Redskins.com highlights some of the best matchups between the Redskins and Eagles.

From humble beginnings in the Northeast to primetime spotlights and thousands of fans, the Redskins-Eagles rivalry holds a storybook of memorable matchups.

Scores of players have come and gone from two of the older franchises in the NFL, and some of the most famous faces have donned both teams’ colors during their pro football careers.

While the play style and personnel have changed, the animosity holds true. Plenty of the games played between Washington and Philadelphia have held great significance in their conference and the NFL.

Take a look through history at the some of the most thrilling battles between these two storied franchises. 

October 21, 1934, Redskins win 6-0

The debut meeting between these two teams could not have been more of an old-fashioned slug fest. With more than 10,000 fans watching, Cliff Battles scored the only points on the day for the Boston Redskins on a three-yard push to the end zone at Fenway Park.

November 2, 1935, Eagles win 7-6

Philadelphia earned its first win in the series after dropping the first two games to the Redskins. Bill Shepherd kicked things off in the first quarter, scoring on 57-yard run, putting the Redskins up 6-0 early. The Eagles responded in the second when Ed Storm found Eggs Manske 55 yards down the field for a touchdown. Hank Reese put the extra point through and the Philadelphia defense held fast for the rest of the game. 

October 10, 1937, Eagles win 14-0

The Redskins suffered their first shutout of the series three years after its beginning. This was the first Redskins-Eagles game played in the team’s new home of Washington D.C. More than 7,000 fans attended the matchup at Griffith Stadium. Philadelphia quarterback Dave Smukler put the Eagles in front early with a 10-yard touchdown pass. Maurice Harper came up with an interception late in the fourth, taking it 20 yards to the house and sealing the Eagles’ last win in the series for six years. Washington rebounded from its blowout loss to Philadelphia, finishing the season 8-3 and defeating the Chicago Bears in the NFL Championship.

October 8, 1944, Tie 31-31

It took six years and 11 straight losses for Philadelphia to claw its way back into the rivalry. After making back-to-back trips the NFL Championship in 1942 and 1943, the Redskins regressed from their usual NFL East domination. Eagles quarterback Roy Zimmerman gave his team the biggest lead of the day, finding Jack Ferrante 45 yards out for a touchdown. Down 21-6, Washington fought back just before halftime on a 3-yard touchdown pass from Frank Filchock to Les Dye. Filchock’s 44-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter tied the game at 24, but a fumble returned for a touchdown put the Eagles back in front. Wilbur Moore hauled in a 21-yard touchdown before time expired to end the game with a tie.

October 17, 1948, Eagles win 45-0

The biggest shutout in the series’ 82-year history came during the Eagles’ first championship season. The previous year, the Eagles had put up 45 points against Washington, but the Redskins managed to respond with each hit, scoring 42 themselves. In this 1948 game, Philadelphia scored twice in each of the first three quarters and settled for a field goal only once. The Eagles swept that year’s series during their eight-game winning streak against the Redskins, and ended the season 9-2, beating the Chicago Cardinals in the NFL Championship.

November 24th, 1957, Eagles win 21-12

In 1957, the Eagles used their fourth-round pick to select Sonny Jurgensen out of Duke University. Jurgensen spent his early years in Philadelphia as a backup, but earned his first start against Washington in his rookie season. Jurgensen led his team to victory at home, throwing three touchdowns and 211 yards. He saw less success later that year, when the Redskins intercepted him three times and defeated the Eagles 42-7.

October 21, 1962, Redskins win 27-21

Washington snapped a six-game slide against the Eagles, defeating Philadelphia on its home turf. The Redskins’ defense shut down the efforts of both Jurgensen and King Hill, recording four interceptions. Receiver Bobby Mitchell caught eight of Norm Snead’s passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns. Jurgensen threw a late touchdown in the fourth quarter, bringing the Eagles within six points, but the Washington defense stayed true to form, stopping any chance of last-minute heroics by the Philadelphia offense.

October 11, 1964, Redskins win 35-20

In April of 1964, the Eagles and Redskins took part in one of the most famous trades in NFL history. Philadelphia sent Jurgensen to Washington in exchange for Snead and cornerback Claude Crabb. When Jurgensen first met his former team on the field, it was obvious who got the better end of the deal. Washington’s new quarterback threw for 385 yards and five touchdowns. After jumping out to a 21-0 lead, the Redskins took their foot off the gas and allowed the Eagles to creep back into the game. In the third quarter, Philadelphia quarterback Timmy Brown broke through the line on a five-yard score, bringing the score to 28-20. Undeterred, Jurgenson found Charley Taylor in the end zone on a 25-yard touchdown, completing his revenge game.

October 30, 1966, Redskins win 27-13

The 1966 season signaled a new chapter in professional football. The AFL and NFL merged, and the following season would determine which teams would compete for the very first Super Bowl. A 3-3 start for the Redskins meant a win against the Eagles would be crucial if the team wanted to make the one-game playoff. Both teams got off to a slow start, trading field goals for the first three quarters. At the start of the final quarter, the game was tied at 13. Jurgensen saved the day with two touchdown passes to Mitchell and Jerry Smith.

November 7, 1971, Tie 7-7

Washington started the 1971 season 5-0 on its way to its first playoff berth in the Super Bowl Era. Halfway through the season, the Redskins had just one loss and were looking towards a first-place finish in the NFC East. The Eagles foiled those plans in a brutal defensive game. Quarterback Billy Kilmer stepped in for an injured Jurgensen with little success. Kilmer threw four interceptions to the Eagles’ defense and only managed a touchdown late in the fourth quarter to keep Philadelphia from securing a win. The Redskins later lost in the divisional round of the playoffs against the San Francisco 49ers.

October 8, 1972, Redskins win 23-7

After the tie in 1971, Washington went on to beat Philadelphia seven times in a row. The 1972 season remains one of the Redskins’ most dominant. The team won nine straight games after starting 2-1. By this time, an improved Kilmer had stepped into a full-time starting role. He led his team past the Eagles, throwing 155 yards and a score. Washington would lose its final two games of the regular season, but dominated the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys in the playoffs. The Miami Dolphins, however, prevented the Redskins from winning their first Super Bowl.

September 27, 1976, Redskins win 20-17 OT

Washington prevailed in the first of four overtime games in its series against the Eagles. Kilmer and the Redskins’ passing attack faltered, leading to a 10-point deficit in the second quarter. The defense prevented disaster when Brad Dusek returned an Eagles’ fumble 32 yards for a touchdown. Philadelphia quarterback Mike Boryla threw the final touchdown of regulation, tying the game at 17. A Mark Moseley field goal in overtime, though, gave Washington its third straight win of 1976.

September 12, 1982, Redskins win 37-34 OT

The 1982 season ended in epic fashion for Washington, as the team won its first Super Bowl in franchise history after going 8-1 in the regular season. The Redskins prevented an 0-1 start to their historic run in the season opener against the Eagles. The arm of quarterback Joe Theismann saved Washington from trouble. The fourth-year Redskins starter tossed 382 yards and three touchdowns. Theismann brought his team back from a 10-point deficit and led the offense down the field for the game-winning field goal in overtime.

November 12, 1990, Eagles win 28-14

Most Washington and Philadelphia fans remember this one. The infamous “Body Bag Game” left the Washington roster decimated. With quarterback Mark Rypien sidelined with an injury, the Redskins were already at a disadvantage. Eagles head coach Buddy Ryan made sure that continued. During the Monday Night slugfest, nine Washington players left the field because of injuries, and one of the Philadelphia players shouted if the Redskins needed any more body bags to carry off hurt players. Both of Rypien’s backups were knocked out of the game, leaving rookie running back/returner Brian Mitchell to try and survive. Mitchell did his best to keep Washington competitive, but the wounded team was eventually overwhelmed and lost 28-14.

January 5, 1991, Redskins win 20-6

The “Body Bag Game” would be the second of three meetings between the Redskins and Eagles in the 1990 season. The third came in the first round of the playoffs, the only postseason meeting between the two longtime rivals. Far from explosive, the Redskins steadily cut down the Eagles’ early lead, scoring 20 unanswered points to move on to the Divisional Round before eventually winning the Super Bowl.

September 19th, 1993 Eagles win 34-31

The Eagles looked to be on the rise in their third straight win of 1993. Neither team gained an edge in the first three quarters, with the score being tied with a little more than nine minutes left in the game. An 85-yard run by Reggie Brooks put Washington up 31-24, and it looked like the Redskins would earn the “W,” but a late filed goal put the Eagles within striking distance. With four seconds left, quarterback Randall Cunningham found Calvin Williams for a 10-yard touchdown, winning the game for Philadelphia.

November 28, 1999, Redskins win 20-17 OT

Rookie Donovan McNabb had already stolen a win against the Redskins two weeks before. McNabb’s first trip to Washington ended with the rookie recording 243 yards of total offense. The Redskins jumped out to a 10-point lead, but McNabb threw two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to tie things up at 17. The Redskins staved off the Eagles behind the leg of Brett Conway on a 27-yard field goal in overtime.

November 6, 2005, Redskins win 17-10

Philadelphia head coach Andy Reid brought a winning mentality to the City of Brotherly Love. The Eagles reached the postseason nine times during his tenure. Philadelphia won seven consecutives matchups against Washington during the first half of the 2000s. The Redskins finally snapped the streak one year after the Eagles reached the Super Bowl. After Washington snatched a 17-10 lead, the Eagles offense stalled in the fourth quarter. The Redskins’ defense ended any hope for a McNabb comeback when Ryan Clark came down with an interception with less than three minutes left in the game. 

November 18, 2012, Redskins win 31-6

The 2012 season ended unexpectedly for Washington. After drafting quarterback Robert Griffin III with the second-overall pick, the Redskins went 3-6 before their Week 10 bye. A matchup with a 3-6 Eagles team was exactly what Washington needed to jumpstart the season. The defense overpowered quarterback Nick Foles, who was picked off twice and fumbled three times. Meanwhile, Griffin threw for 200 yards and four touchdowns without an interception and ran for an additional 84 yards. Washington ended the regular season with seven straight wins, reaching the playoffs for the first time since 2007.

December 20, 2014, Redskins win 27-24

Washington helped foil Philadelphia’s plans for the postseason with a close win late in the year. Surprisingly, fullback Darrel Young carried the Redskins’ offense with two rushing touchdowns. With five seconds remaining in the game, kicker Kai Forbath nailed the game-winner form 26 yards out. Receiver DeSean Jackson recorded his first win over his former team after being released by the Eagles in the offseason. The Redskins would win the next four games over their rivals.

December 26, 2015, Redskins win 38-24

With the NFC East on the line for the Redskins, quarterback Kirk Cousins would deliver with one of his best performances as a starting quarterback. The Michigan State product would toss two first quarter touchdowns to tight end Jordan Reed on an evening in which he would throw four touchdowns in total with more than 360 passing yards. Rookie linebacker Preston Smith, meanwhile, terrorized Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford with three sacks.

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