Every team in the NFC East has a long and proud history. Likewise, every team in the NFC East seems to have a long and bitter rivalry with every other team in the NFC East. However, few rivalries are as intense as the one between the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys. In 60-plus years of playing twice every year, the Cowboys and Eagles have given us countless iconic moments, so we decided to share a few of our favorites.
Stay Classy, Philly
This wasn’t exactly a proud moment for Philadelphia sports fans, although it was important in the Eagles-Cowboys rivalry. When the teams played at Veterans Stadium in 1999, Michael Irvin suffered his career-ending injury.
In fairness, Eagles fans didn’t know the seriousness of the injury at the time, but they did cheer when Irvin couldn’t get up. Hopefully, most Philly fans recognize that it was a classless moment. The game also included the Eagles overcoming a 10-0 deficit in the fourth quarter to win.
In 1993, Emmitt Smith set a Dallas franchise record by rushing for 237 yards against the Eagles in a 23-10 Cowboys win. Two years later, the Eagles got some redemption. In a 17-17 game in the fourth quarter, the Eagles stopped Smith on a 4th and 1 play.
However, the two-minute warning arrived just before the snap. After the timeout, Smith plunged up the middle again and was stopped in his tracks for the second time. Philadelphia got the ball and got a 42-yard field goal from Gary Anderson to win the game.
The Cowboys will always remember the 2009 season for their three wins over the Eagles. The teams met late in the year with Dallas winning 24-0 to claim the NFC East title. In the process, the Eagles fell to the no. 6 seed in the playoffs, setting up a Wild Card Weekend rematch.
That playoff game was a bitter battle that set the NFL playoff record for most penalty yards, as the Cowboys and Eagles amassed 228 yards on 23 penalties. The Cowboys dominated the game 34-14, giving them a three-game sweep of the Eagles.
The Bounty Bowls
The two Eagles-Cowboys games in 1989 were so out of control that they are known as Bounty Bowl I and II. In the first game, the Cowboys accused the Eagles of putting bounties on specific players, including Troy Aikman. When the Cowboys made the trip to Philly later in the season, fans threw snowballs and beer with multiple people getting hit by snowballs.
It wasn’t a proud moment but one that exemplifies the hatred in the rivalry. If it matters, the Eagles won both games by a combined score of 47-10.
Flight to the Super Bowl
To date, the 1980 season is the only time the Eagles and Cowboys played in the NFC Championship Game. Both teams were lucky to be there, as each had to erase a 14-point deficit the previous week.
As the home team, the Eagles pulled a fast one by wearing their road jerseys. That forced the Cowboys to wear their blue jerseys, which were believed to be cursed. The superstition held up, as the Eagles won 20-7 to reach the Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history.