I’ve been in a reflective mood recently. That helped me to think of an interesting idea. Choose the best win from each of the past 25 seasons. I’m going to leave playoff games out of this because they’re too obvious.
The first 10 games…
2012 – PHI 23, TB 21 — I considered going with the Ravens game or the Giants game, but there were weird circumstances with each win. We needed the Giants to miss a FG to clinch that game. There was the OPI call that was controversial and greatly affected the Ravens win. Down in Tampa, we made the comeback and had the winning play at the end.
2011 – PHI 34, DAL 7 — Do I need to say much about this? We out-gained them 495 to 267. Mike Vick played his most complete game as an Eagle and Shady McCoy ran wild on the Dallas defense.
2010 – PHI 59, WAS 28 — Many might pick the Miracle at the Meadowlands II, but that was a miserable 52 minutes followed by an unbelievable 8 minutes. The Skins game was a curb-stomping for the ages. The Eagles piled up 592 yards. Vick was at his most spectacular. Amazing performance. I almost picked the win over the Colts, believe it or not. Beating Peyton Manning for the first time actually meant more to me than the Skins game.
2009 – PHI 45, NYG 38 — Do you remember this shootout? There were 5 TDs of 60 or more yards. The Giants piled up 512 yards of offense, but couldn’t keep up with the Eagles scoring. DeSean Jackson destroyed the Giants with 6 catches for 178 yards. He had a 60-yard TD catch and a 72-yard punt return TD. Wild, wild game.
2008 – PHI 15, PIT 6 — We faced the Steelers in a tough, physical defensive battle and won. Big Ben was sacked 9 times and the Steelers gained just 181 yards. The game was sealed when Dawk blitzed and strip-sacked Ben late in the 4th quarter. Dawk recovered the fumble and that was that. Not pretty, but fun to watch.
2007 – PHI 56, DET 21 — One of the more bizarre blowouts I can recall. The Lions were so inept that guys were just wide open, over and over. Kevin Curtis looked like TO, Jerry Rice and Calvin Johnson rolled into one. He caught 11 passes for 221 yards and 3 TDs. Brian Westbrook was 14-110-2 as a runner and 5-111-1 as a receiver. This was like the video game where you know how to score on any given play. Eagles were good, but the Lions were beyond awful on D. Speaking of awful, I assume you remember the throwback (or was that throw up) uniforms the team wore. View at your discretion.
2006 – PHI 23, DAL 7 — I’m sure some of you may have chosen the first Dallas game, when TO returned to The Linc and lost in dramatic fashion, but the rematch was better to me. You have to understand what was going on back then. Tony Romo was 6-2 as the starting QB. He hadn’t had an awful game to that point. The world loved Gomer Romo at that point. He was a winner. He smiled. The Eagles were given the task of going to Dallas on Christmas day for a nationally televised game. Romo was dating Carrie Underwood and she was at the game. The TV cameras were showing her a lot before the game and early on. The set-up was incredible. The nation was going to watch Romo and his girlfriend have a smilefest as the Eagles went down hard. But the Eagles defense had other ideas. Romo was sacked 3 times, picked off twice and constantly harassed. He finished 14-29-142. That was his worst game of the year and the beginning of him having some bad luck. Dallas didn’t win the division in part because of that loss. They went to Seattle and Romo had the botched hold. He’s struggled with big game questions ever since. Nice.
2005 – PHI 37, KC 31 — One of the best comebacks of the Reid era. Dante Hall (remember him?) returned a KO 96 yards for a TD and the Chiefs led 24-7 in the 2nd quarter. The Eagles outscored them 31-7 the rest of the way. There was no run game so Donovan McNabb had to carry the team. He threw for 369 yards and 3 TDs.
2004 – PHI 27, MIN 16 — The first ever Eagles game I attended. MNF. Both teams had Super Bowl aspirations. TO vs Moss. McNabb vs Culpepper. Great storylines. And it turned into a great game. It was fun to watch Jim Johnson’s creative gameplan. Lito Sheppard spent much of the night chasing Moss around (and limiting him). Jevon Kearse was the Joker. He lined up all over and did a bit of everything. McNabb had a great TD run and hit TO for a score. There was an electric atmosphere that night. Felt like a playoff game.
2003 – PHI 17, GB 14 — Another MNF game. It was 39 degrees at kickoff and pouring down rain. The Eagles had no Dawk on D. The offense was struggling. Things didn’t look good. It is tough to win at Lambeau on a good day, let alone with all these issues. Turned out to be a very odd game. The Packers ran for 241 yards. Normally that should mean a win, but they had 6 fumbles. The Eagles only recovered 2 of them, but other fumbles meant lost yards or opportunities. Brett Favre only threw for 109 yards and was picked off by Nate Wayne, who had come over from Green Bay in the offseason. McNabb led the Eagles on a late comeback and hit Todd Pinkston for a 6-yard TD with 27 seconds left in the game.
I will post the final 15 games in the near future. I might break that into 2 parts or just do it all at once. We’ll see.
If things remain quiet in June/July, I might go back and write more extensive notes on some of these games. We don’t have any Lombardis, but there have been some great moments in the last 25 years.