The Cowboys–Eagles rivalry is a rivalry between Philadelphia Eaglesand Dallas Cowboys. The rivalry has been one of the higher profile rivalries in the NFL over the past three decades, characterized by bitterly contested games that are typical of the NFC East.
1980 NFC Championship Game, January 11, 1981 - After losing to Cowboys in all but 3 games from 1967–79, the Eagles finished first in the NFC East in 1980 due to tie-breaking procedures (both teams 12–4 and splitting the meetings between each other, but Eagles having scored more points) and thus claimed the number 1 overall seed. The 1980 NFC Championship was also called the "Blue Jersey Game", on the account that Eagles, having the choice as the home team, made the Cowboys wear their seemingly cursed blue jerseys (a stigma that dated back to Super Bowl V). To the cheers of a roaring Veterans Stadium crowd, Philadelphia Eagles defeated Dallas Cowboys 20-7.
The 1987 NFL Season - With many of the Cowboys players crossing the picket line during the strike, Dallas humiliated the replacement-laden Eagles 41–22. Buddy Ryan accused Tom Landry of running up the score (something Buddy Ryan had accused him of before), and Ryan had his heart set on revenge. With little time remaining and the Eagles up by ten, Randall Cunningham faked a kneel down and tossed a long pass into the end zone, resulting in a pass interference call. With the Eagles at the one, a final touchdown sealed the revenge for the Eagles, 37–20.
The Bounty Bowls (I and II) and The Porkchop Bowl - The first two Philadelphia Eagles-Dallas Cowboysgames of the Jones-Johnson era in Dallas were dubbed the Bounty Bowls, due to the accusation by Dallas coach Jimmy Johnson that Philadelphia had set a bounty on Dallas players, particularly kicker Luis Zendejas.
1991 Regular Season - The Eagles began the 1991 season by pounding Cowboys 24–0 in Texas Stadium in Week 3. Riding a three-game winning streak, Dallas entered Veterans Stadium in Week 16 with a chance at a playoff berth, their first since 1985. The Cowboys benefited from Eagles QB Randall Cunningham being injured, and rode a Kelvin Martin punt return for a touchdown to a 25–13 victory. The loss jolted the Eagles from the playoff picture. A rivalry was rejuvenated.
1992–1995 - With Cunningham back to health, Eagles went 5 weeks into the 1992 season without a loss and met the undefeated Dallas Cowboyson Monday Night Football. En route to a 31–7 win, Eagles' number one-ranked defense held Cowboys' high-powered offense to 1 first-quarter touchdown; it was the fewest points Cowboys would score all season, and the most points they would allow. However, later that year, Cowboys ousted Eagles from the Divisional Round Playoffs in a 34-10 rout, which ended the Eagles' prospects for a "Super Bowl season" in Jerome Brown's honor. Two years later, the Cowboys bounced the Eagles from the Divisional Round of the Playoffs a second time, triumphing in a 30–11 rout. Cowboys eventually advanced to, and won, Super Bowls in both seasons.
Trailing by one point, Eagles were a chip shot field goal on the last play of the game from defeating the Cowboys on Monday Night Football. Punter Tom Hutton could not handle the snap for kicker Chris Boniol and, after a brief scramble, was tackled by the Dallas defense to secure a 21-20 Cowboys victory.
On October 10, 1999, in Week 5 of the 1999 season, Dallas wide receiver Michael Irvin suffered a career ending spinal cord injury while playing at Veterans Stadium. The crowd cheered when Irvin did not get up and chanted "Deion sucks" when Irvin's teammate, Deion Sanders, consoled him.
October 12, 2003: In Week 6 of the 2003 season, the 2-2 Eagles met the 3-1 Cowboys and fell to them 23-21; their first loss since 1999. One of the most notable moments during that game occurred during the opening kickoff. Andy Reid had tried an onside kick to start the game; however, the Cowboys' new coach, Bill Parcells, was not fooled and the gamble blew up in Philadelphia's face. Randal Williams fielded the bouncing kick and raced into the end zone untouched in three seconds – the fastest touchdown in NFL history.
On October 8, 2006, controversial wide receiver Terrell Owens, who had previously played for Philadelphia Eagles, played his first game in Philly as a Cowboy. Philadelphia Eagles won 38–24 with a late interception return for a touchdown by Lito Sheppard. Owens was held to just 3 catches and 45 yards.
On December 28, 2008, in Week 17 of the 2008 season, Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys faced off in Philadelphia with a wild card playoff berth on the line. The winner would claim the sixth and final wild card spot in the NFC, and the loser would be eliminated from playoff contention. This situation was brought about by losses earlier in the day by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chicago Bears, which kept Philadelphia's playoff hopes alive. (Tampa Bay needed to win along with a Dallas loss to advance to the playoffs while Chicago needed a win and losses by Tampa Bay and Dallas.) Philadelphia Eagles knew they would at least play spoiler, but the new found playoff opportunity gave Philadelphia's new life. They did not squander the opportunity, and took a 27–3 halftime lead on their way to a 44–6 blowout of Dallas Cowboys. It was Terrell Owens' last game as a Cowboy. Philadelphia Eagles went all the way to the NFC Championship before losing to the Arizona Cardinals.
On January 3, 2010, in Week 17 of the 2009 season Dallas Cowboys (10–5) hosted their regular season finale against Philadelphia Eagles (11-4) in a regular season-sealing claim for the NFC East crown. The Cowboys would win the day, shutting out the Eagles, 24–0. With the victory, Dallas Cowboys would once again reclaim first place in their division and improve to 11–5 to top off their regular season.
Despite the loss, Philadelphia Eaglesclaimed the #6 seed in the NFC, while Dallas Cowboys claimed the #3 seed, setting the stage for a rematch in the first round of the playoffs. For the third time that year, Dallas Cowboys defeated Philadelphia Eagles, with a final score of 34–14. The Cowboys and Eagles combined to set an NFL record for the most penalty yards in a playoff game, ever. The two teams were penalized 23 times for 228 yards. With the win, not only did Cowboys improve to 12–5, they finally won their first postseason game since 1996. This was the last game with Eagles for star quarterback Donovan McNabb.
On December 29, 2013, in Week 17 of the 2013 season, Philadelphia Eaglesand Dallas Cowboys faced off in Dallas for the NFC East Championship. The winner would thus claim the third seed in the NFC Playoffs and the loser would be eliminated regardless. The Eagles won 24–22 on an interception by Brandon Boykin with the Kyle Orton pass intended for Miles Austin. This sealed the victory with 1:43 remaining in the game. Tony Romo missed the game after being injured in a victory over the Redskins the previous week.
On November 27, 2014, on Thanksgiving Day, Philadelphia Eaglesand Dallas Cowboys had their first meeting of the season played at AT&T Stadium in Dallas. Although Eagles were leading the division, their quarterback Nick Foles, who had gone 14–4 under Chip Kelly, was injured and out for the season. Backup Mark Sanchez scored a 2-yard rushing touchdown on the opening drive, a fast lead which they never let go all while shutting down the Cowboys offense by keeping Tony Romo to have 0 touchdown passes and holding DeMarco Murray to under 100 yards. The Eagles embarrassed Cowboys winning 33-10, and moved up to 9–3, which gave them the best record in the NFC.
On December 14, 2014, Dallas Cowboys met Philadelphia Eagles on a Sunday night with both teams at 9–4, however Philadelphia Eagles still led the NFC East due to their better divisional record. The Cowboys took a 21–0 lead early in the 2nd Quarter, but Philadelphia Eagles would score 24 straight points capped off by a Darren Sproles 1-yard run to take a 24–21 lead with 5 minutes left in the 3rd. Dallas Cowboys would however re-take control and win 38–27 to split the season series and take possession of the NFC East lead for the first time in the season. Philadelphia Eagles, who controlled the division for the entire season, were eliminated from playoff contention the next week after they lost to the 3–11 Redskins.
On March 12, 2015, former Cowboys running back and reigning NFL rushing champ DeMarco Murray signed with Philadelphia. This enraged some Cowboys fans, calling Murray a "traitor." Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles met for the first time of the 2015 season in week 2 at Philadelphia. This was DeMarco Murray's first game against his old team in which he was held to a pathetic 2 rushing yards on 13 carries. Additionally, this was an ugly game that totaled an embarrassing offensive performance by Philadelphia and forced a record setting 18 penalties in a game for Dallas. The Cowboys would go on to win 20-10; but not before Tony Romo was knocked out of the game by Eagles rookie LB Jordan Hicks on a devastating sack and forced fumble that would keep him out of action for weeks to come.
On November 8, 2015, Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys would clash again under the Sunday night lights at AT&T Stadium in Dallas. Dallas while riding a 5-game losing streak, was still feeling the effects of Injured QB Tony Romo from the Week 2 game in Philadelphia and the loss of the now Eagles RB DeMarco Murray in the offseason. Philadelphia came in with an underwhelming (3–4) record with questions about their offensive scheme and the direction of HC Chip Kelly's personnel moves. However, both teams would still find themselves in the thick of the NFC East race with a win, mainly due to the fact that the Giants were only 4–4 at the time. Many expected a low scoring defensive battle but that was clearly not the case as Philadelphia Eagleswould win in OT overDallas Cowboys33-27. A wild game in Dallas that featured back and forth action between the two teams with their seasons on the line. It would come down to overtime when Sam Bradford threw a TD pass to wide receiver Jordan Matthews to seal the Eagles victory. It was the third-straight season split between the two, the third straight time the road team won both games, and the 12th straight year the road team won at least once in the series.
On October 30, 2016, Philadelphia Eaglesand Dallas Cowboys faced off in what became known as the battle of rookie QB's between Carson Wentz and Dak Prescott. Thanks to a fourth quarter rally by Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys were able to tie Philadelphia Eagles at 23-23, sending the game into overtime. Despite a rough start, Prescott finished the game with 287 yards with two touchdowns, including a 5-yard pass to tight end Jason Witten that allowed Dallas Cowboys to defeat Philadelphia Eagles with a final score of 29-23.
Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles have met 12 times on Monday Night Football, with the last meeting on September 15, 2008. The series has been played at Dallas' home field 7 times and 5 times at Philadelphia's home field.