Six of the Greatest Moments in Cowboys-Eagles History


Desean Jackson’s Nestea Plunge.

Wilbert Montgomery 42-yard run to send the Eagles to the Super Bowl.

Donovan McNabb scrambles for 14 seconds and launches the ball 60 yards on the run to Freddie Mitchell.

James Willis intercepts Aikman in the end zone, then laterals to Troy Vincent who takes it the rest of the way to seal the Eagles win.

Buddy gets revenge on the Cowboys by having Randall fake a kneel down and throw a bomb late in a win over the Cowboys.

The Eagles stop Emmitt twice. The Cowboys go for it on 4th and 1. The Eagles stop them, but the refs say that the play didn’t count because it was the 2 minute warning. The Cowboys run Emmitt again, and the Eagles stop him again, then kick the winning field goal.

Why We Hate Dallas

For Eagles fans, it’s death, taxes and hatred for the Cowboys.  Despising America’s Team is instinctual, almost genetic.  Just as our fathers passed down the “Bleeding Green” passion that turns the majority of fans into manic depressives on Sundays, they also imparted the feeling that we should hate Dallas above all others.  We don’t know why, we just know we are supposed to hate them.

Sure, there’s no shortage of reasons to dislike the Cowboys (See Exhibits A, B, C, D, E and F), but I’ve always wondered why it’s them and not the Giants, or the Mets, or the Penguins, or the Celtics that hold that not-so-special place in our hearts.  Luckily, Ray Didinger answered that question a few years ago on Comcast Sportsnet:

If you are a younger fan, you probably never heard about Dallas linebacker Lee Roy Jordan cheap-shotting the Eagles’ Timmy Brown and knocking out four of his teeth. That happened in 1967 and turned the rivalry into a blood feud.

The Cowboys and Eagles first met in 1960, but 1967 was the first year they were divisional rivals. That year, the National Football League Capitol Division (now known as the NFC East) was formed.  It consisted of Philadelphia, Dallas, Washington and New Orleans, who would be replaced by the New York Giants in 1968.

The first meeting of the ’67 season took place on October 29 at Franklin Field and ended with a 21-14 Eagles victory.  Other than a surprise onside kick that turned into an Eagles touchdown drive, the upset win was pretty uneventful.  The same can’t be said for the second Eagles/Dallas game that year.  It was December 10, 1967 and the 4-7-1 Eagles traveled to Dallas to take on the division leading 8-4 Cowboys.  The Cowboys had already clinched the division, rendering the outcome of the game meaningless.  But Dallas’ “doomsday defense” made it a statement game; a statement made at the expense of Timmy Brown’s jaw.

In ’66 Brown ran two kickoffs back for touchdowns in one game against Dallas, propelling the Eagles to a 24-23 win, so it’s not a stretch as to why Brown was a target.  In fact, Brown was interviewed by Stan Hochman years later and said he received phone calls the morning of the game from some of the Dallas guys he knew telling him there was a contract on his head.

In the late stages of the game, with Dallas having dominated the Eagles and built a 31-3 lead, the Cowboys fired the first shot in the “blood feud” that exists to this day.  The Eagles possessed the ball and a passing play in the flat for Brown.  After quarterback Norm Snead’s pass sailed over his head, Timmy Brown slowed down and relaxed.  And that’s when it happened: Dallas middle-linebacker Lee Roy Jordan, who was in Brown’s vicinity, dropped Brown with an elbow to the face mask well after the whistle sounded.

With Brown dazed on the ground, Jordan stepped over the injured Eagle, taunting him.  The blow was significant; it fractured Brown’s jaw and loosened six of his teeth.  Brown said, “I wound up eating nothing but liquids for a month and a half. Jordan got a 15-yard penalty and that’s all.”

The root of the hatred Philadelphians harbor towards the Cowboys, their coaches, their cheerleaders, their fans, their stadium and their colors was a cheap shot on Timmy Brown.  “That,” Brown told in a story in 2013, ” started the rivalry.”







Philly Sports Memories: John Finger

Here’s Part 2 of our Ongoing Segment called Philly Sports Memories (To read Part One, from Phillie Nation’s Nick Staskin, click here.). Today we hear from John Finger, who has been writing about the Phillies for Comcast SportsNet since 2000, and has been a fan since way before that. He grew up in Lancaster, and was a fan of  the Phillies as a kid. He has been on hand for a lot of the biggest moments in Philly sports history, as well as a few big moments in Orioles history. Here he discusses a few of his favorites. You can read more from John on his blog, Finger Food

When you write about sports for a living, oftentimes extraordinary events are just another day at the job. For instance, after Roy Halladay pitched the second no-hitter in postseason history, I spent my time after the game talking to the vanquished Cincinnati Reds. Moreover, it seemed as if they were more awed than humilated.

I also saw Allen Iverson pour in 47 points in a Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals as well as Michael Jordan’s very last NBA game and just the second World Series title by the Philadelphia Phillies.

Those definitely stand out.

I saw “For who, for what,” and the 4th-and-1 play against the Cowboys.

However, baseball games always seem to resonate a little more and usually it’s the last games of the season.

To me, there has always been way too much aggrandizing about Opening Day in baseball. Opening is just the first of 162 and rarely has any true impact on the season. Better yet, unless it’s totally extraordinary, Opening Day is never memorable.There is no significant action.

But the last game of the season –- that’s when the memories are made.

Game 162 is the time for heroes and for the real pros to step into the spotlight. Even when teams are just playing out the string, the last game of the year is like running that final 385 yards of the marathon. Anybody can do the first 26 miles, but it’s that last stretch where legacies are defined.

As a kid I also romanticized about the last game of the year and suffered the wide-eyed, Field of Dreams-types during Opening Day. I was more interested in the guts of the action and not the first few easy strides of the race, which meant I spent all summer figuring out what it was going to take for a team to make the last day the most important one.

Sometimes I got lucky, too. I can recall being at the Vet for Game 162 in 1991 when David Cone of the Mets struck out 19 against a Phillies club that featured Doug Lindsey and Braulio Castillo. In fact, Cone had a shot to tie the all-time record for strikeouts in a game after he whiffed the first two hitters to start the ninth inning. But Wes Chamberlain doubled and Dale Murphy – a player who lead the National League in strikeouts three times and ranks 13th on the all-time whiffs list – grounded out to end the season.

The Vet seemed empty that day with most of the crowd holding Walkmen to listen to the Eagles’ early-season loss at Tampa Bay with Brad Goebel at quarterback, but when Cone had a chance to tie the record it was the loudest the fans were all day.

Here is the box score from that David Cone game. And here is a short writeup about the game. Interestingly, the Phillies made a run at Cone in December of 1992 when he was a free agent, but he turned down their 3 year, $15 million offer to go to the Royals for 2 years and $10 million.