The 2012Philadelphia Eaglesseason was the franchise’s eightieth season in the National Football league, as well as the tenth playing their home games at Lincoln Financial Field. The team failed to improve on their 8–8 record from 2011, and suffered their worst season since 1998 when they won only three games. On December 31, 2012, Andy Reid was fired after 14 seasons as the Eagles' head coach. Also, for the fourth consecutive season, the team the Eagles played in their home opener went on to win the Super Bowl.
On January 8, cornerbacks coach Johnnie Lynn was fired. On January 11, Ryan Grigson, the Eagles' director of player personnel for the past two seasons, was hired as the new general manager of the Indianapolis Colts. On January 30, Todd Bowles, who served as the Miami Dolphins' interim head coach for the final three games of the 2011 season, was hired as the Eagles' new defensive backs coach.
Despite speculation to the contrary, defensive coordinator Juan Castillo retained his job. Castillo was blamed by some fans for a series of fourth-quarter collapses early in the season, but the defense appeared to improve toward the end of the season.
Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg was reportedly a candidate for several head coaching vacancies in this league, but those opportunities passed without him.
On October 16, 2012, Castillo was fired and replaced by Todd Bowles.
The Philadelphia Eagles opened up the season by traveling to the "Rock n' Roll Capital of the World" to square off against the Cleveland Browns. A 43-yard field goal by veteran Browns kicker Phil Dawson gave Cleveland a 3–0 lead some six minutes into the first quarter. The Eagles would respond with a field goal of their own, though, as Alex Henery sent the ball through the uprights from 42-yards out just seconds into the second period. With the score tied at 3–3 and just seventeen seconds before the half, an 18-yard pass from Eagles' quarterback Michael Vick to wideout Jeremy Maclin extended the Eagles lead by seven. At the half, the score was 10–3, the Eagles leading the Browns by a seven-point margin. Browns kicker Phil Dawson successfully converted another field goal from 42-yards away with just under five minutes left in the third quarter, trimming the score to 10–6. Shortly afterwards, Dawson made the score 10–9 with a 22-yard field goal, his third of the day, and narrowing the Eagles' lead to one point with about fourteen minutes left in the game. The underdog Browns continued the scoring streak, taking the lead on an errant Michael Vick throw and 27-yard interception return touchdown by D'Qwell Jackson approximately thirty seconds later. With the score at 16–10 and an upset in the works, Michael Vick calmly drove the Eagles down the field and threw a strike to Clay Harbor from 4-yards out to return the lead to Philadelphia, 17–16. The Browns were unable to reciprocate and the Philadelphia Eagles narrowly claimed the week one victory. With the nail-biting win, the Eagles began their season 1–0.
The Eagles returned home to square off against the favored Baltimore Ravens in a Battle of the Birds. Eagles' running back LeSean McCoy opened the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown run some ten minutes into the first quarter for a 7–0 lead. However, the Ravens were able to tie the game up at 7–7 with Vonta Leach running for a 5-yard touchdown. They would take the lead in the 2nd quarter as Joe Flacco found Jacoby Jones on a 21-yard touchdown pass to take a 14–7 lead followed by a 56-yard field goal by Justin Tucker for a 17–7 lead just before halftime. The 3rd quarter was all Eagles as they managed to catch up with Michael Vick's 23-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Maclin to make the score 17–14 and then tied the game with Alex Henery's 23-yard field goal at 17–17. However, the Ravens moved back into the lead in the 4th quarter as Tucker was able to score 2 long field goals from 51 and 48 yards out to make the score 20–17 and 23–17 respectively. The Eagles came out and surprisingly won the game with Vick's 1-yard QB rushing touchdown as the Eagles managed to win the game 24–23.
With the win, the Eagles improved to 2–0 and became the first team in NFL history to start a season 2–0 after winning their first 2 games by only a point.
After a lucky 2–0 start, the Eagles traveled to take on the Cardinals. The Cards struck first in the first quarter with Jay Feely's 47-yard field goal for a 3–0 lead followed by Kevin Kolb finding Michael Floyd on an 8-yard touchdown pass for a 10–0 lead. The Cards would increase their lead in the 2nd quarter with Kolb finding Larry Fitzgerald on a 37-yard pass and then James Sanders recovering a fumble and returning it 98 yards for a touchdown for leads of 17–0 and then a 24–0 halftime lead. The Eagles managed to get on the board in the 3rd quarter with Alex Henery's 2 field goals from 36 and 40 yards out to decrease the lead to 24–3 and then 24–6. In the 4th quarter the Cardinals ended up getting their only points of the 2nd half with Feely's 27-yard field goal to end the game with a final score of 27–6.
After a tough road loss to the Cardinals, the Eagles went back home for division rival game 1 against the Giants. After a scoreless first quarter the Eagles drew first blood with Michael Vick finding Desean Jackson on a 19-yard touchdown pass for a 7–0 lead before the Giants scored off of a Lawrence Tynes 25-yard field goal to cut the lead to 7–3 at halftime. After this the Eagles went right back to work in the 3rd quarter with Alex Henery nailing a 20-yard field goal to help his team take a 7-point lead again at 10–3. However, the Giants managed to tie the game up as Eli Manning found Victor Cruz on a 14-yard touchdown pass to make the score 10–10. The Eagles moved back into the lead with Henery's 48-yard field goal for a 13–10 lead. They would score another field goal in the 4th quarter for a 16–10 lead. However, the Giants were able to take the lead Manning finding Bear Pascoe on a 6-yard touchdown pass for a 17–16 score. But the Eagles moved down the field and were able to score with Henery's 26-yard field goal for a final score of 19–17.
With the win, the Eagles improved to 3–1. The team also made it to 1–0 in games where Vick does not turn the ball over. The Eagles had gone 8–1 in their last 9 games against the Giants by this time.
The Eagles traveled to western Pennsylvania to take on longtime in-state rival Steelers at Heinz Field. After a scoreless first quarter, the Steelers were able to get on the board first with Rashard Mendenhall's 13-yard touchdown run for a 7–0 lead followed by Shaun Suisham's 20-yard field goal for a 10–0 lead at halftime. The Eagles went to work in the 3rd quarter as Michael Vick found LeSean McCoy on a 15-yard touchdown pass to shorten the lead to 10–7. The Steelers increased their lead with Suisham kicking a 37-yard field goal to make the score 13–7. The Eaglesl took the lead with Vick hooking up with Brent Celek on a 2-yard touchdown pass for a 14–13 score. However, the Steelers were able to drive down the field and Suisham wrapped up the game with a game-winning 34-yard field goal for a final score of 16–14.
The Eagles returned home to play against a struggling Lions team. In the first quarter it was all Lions with Jason Hanson kicking field goals from 46 and 34 yards out for leads of 3–0 and then 6–0. The Eagles took the lead in the 2nd quarter with Michael Vick's 2-yard touchdown pass to LeSean McCoy for a 7–6 score at halftime. In the 3rd quarter the Eagles were able to move further ahead with 2 Alex Henery field goals: 26 and 32 yards out for leads of 10–6 and then 13–6. Henery would kick 49-yard field goal for a 16–6 lead before Matthew Stafford ran for a QB 1-yard touchdown to shorten the Eagles' lead to 3 at 16–13. But the Eagles again pushed ahead by 10 as Vick found Maclin on a 70-yard touchdown pass for a 23–13 lead. But then the lead was shortened to 3 again as Stafford found Nate Burleson on a 17-yard touchdown pass for a 23–20 score and then tied the game with Hanson's 19-yard field goal at 23–23 to send the game into overtime. In overtime, the Eagles won the toss but went 3 and out as the Lions were able to drive down the field and wrap things up with Hanson's game-winning 45-yard field goal to end the game 26–23.
With the loss, the Eagles head into their bye week at 3–3. The team also dropped to 2–3 in games where Vick turns the ball over.
The Eagles stayed home for a duel with their historic rival undefeated 6–0 Falcons. The game, played under cloudy skies, was also notable in that the weather conditions heralded the approach of Hurricane Sandy, a storm which was set to make landfall in nearby South Jersey. In the first quarter, the Falcons drew first blood as Matt Ryan found Drew Davis for a 15-yard pass to make the score 7–0. The team increased their lead with Ryan finding Jason Snelling to make it 14–0. In the 2nd quarter, the Eagles would get on the board with LeSean McCoy's 2-Yard run to make it 14–7. However, the Falcons responded with Ryan's 63-yard TD pass to Julio Jones to make it 21–7. The Falcon would increase their lead before halftime with Matt Bryant's 43-yard field goal to make it 24–7. The Eagles would try to rally in the 3rd quarter with a 33-yard field goal from Alex Henry to shorten the lead to 24–10, but the Falcons pulled away as Bryant would kick a 29-yard field goal to make it 27–10. In the 4th quarter, Bryant increased the Falcons' lead with a 30-yard field goal to make the score 30–10. The Eagles tried to rally as Michael Vick found McCoy to make the score 30–17. However, the Eagles were unable to try to attempt a comeback win as the team dropped to 3–4 on the season.
After a tough loss at home to the Lions, the Eagles traveled down south to New Orleans to take on the Saints in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints scored first with Patrick Robinson returning a Michael Vick interception 99 yards for a touchdown and a 7–0 lead for the only score of the game. The Eagles got on the board in the 2nd quarter as Alex Henery kicked a 22-yard field goal to cut the lead to 7–3 not long before Chris Ivory ran for a 22-yard touchdown to move the Saints ahead by 11 with a 14–3 lead and then they would score again with Drew Brees finding Marques Coltson on a 1-yard touchdown pass for a 21–3 halftime lead. The Eagles scored 10 unanswered points in the 3rd quarter with Vick hooking up with DeSean Jackson on a 77-yard touchdown pass for a score of 21–10 and then Henery kicked a 37-yard field goal for a score of 21–13. But the Saints scored one last time as Brees found Jimmy Graham on a 6-yard touchdown pass for a 28–13 lead which would be the final score of the game as neither team scored in the 4th quarter.
The Eagles returned home for a game against the Cowboys. 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.
The Eagles went to FedEx Field to face their division rival Redskins in what would be a killer loss for the starting game of Rookie QB Nick Foles. The young QB was picked off twice as the Skins zoomed passed the Eagles' defense to drop the team to 3–7, snapping their 3-game winning streak to their division rivals, and leaving them in last place in the NFC East.
With the loss, the Eagles fell to 3–9 securing 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. Regardless that the Eagles were now 0–3 with Foles as a starter, Andy named him the team's starting QB for the remainder of the season.
Coming into the game, the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team had won more recently than the Eagles, but the Eagles snapped an eight-game losing streak and moved to 4–9 by defeating the Buccaneers in dramatic fashion via a touchdown pass from Nick Foles to Jeremy Maclin as time expired. Rookie Bryce Brown rushed the ball 12 times for only 6 yards, which left Foles as the leading rusher (3 rushes, 27 yards). Foles was prolific through the air as well going 32/51 for 381 yards and 2 TDs.
Although the touchdown which scored as time ran out put the Eagles ahead, the extra point still had to be attempted per NFL rule, because points for and points against are used by some tiebreakers. That extra point was good, and counted in the final score.