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10 curious facts and figures from Eagles-Cardinals history

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It’s a rivalry that dates back 85 years and from 1947 through 2001, they played twice a year just about every year.

The Eagles and Cards have played 120 times, and the only teams the Eagles have faced more often are their current NFC East rivals — the Giants (178 times), Washington (173 times) and Cowboys (123 times). 

The Cards lead the all-time series 59-56-5 (although the Eagles did lead the series until 1996).

Here are 10 curious facts and figures from a rivalry that dates back to Nov. 10, 1935, when the Chicago Cards beat the Eagles 12-3 at Wrigley Field. 

Where's Rob Carpenter?

The Eagles beat the Cards 56-17 in 1953 at Comiskey Park in Chicago, tying a franchise scoring record that wasn’t broken until the 58-37 wild-card win over the Lions in 1995. It’s still the third-most points in Eagles history, behind the 59-28 win in Washington in 2010 and the 1995 Lions playoff game. 

Buddy's watching you

In 1994, four years after he was fired by the Eagles, Buddy Ryan took over as head coach of the Cards. Among the former Eagles who played for him in both Philly and Arizona were Seth Joyner, Clyde Simmons, Terry Hoage, Andre Waters, Anthony Edwards, Cecil Gray, Mark Higgs, Jim McMahon and Ben Smith. The Cards went 12-20 in two years under Buddy, who never coached again.

When Carson was great

When the Eagles beat the Cards in 2017, Carson Wentz threw three touchdown passes in the first quarter (to Trey Burton, Zach Ertz and Torrey Smith). He’s the only QB in Eagles history to throw three first-quarter touchdown passes in a game. Wentz had two first-quarter TD passes in 12 games this year.

 

That's a lot of yards

The Cards have had only one 100-yard rusher in their last 16 games against the Eagles. That was David Johnson, who ran for 187 yards and three TDs in the Cards win at the Linc in 2015, and it’s the most rushing yards ever by a Cardinal against the Eagles. 

That was pass interference

In the 2008 NFC Championship Game, the Eagles set a franchise playoff record with 454 yards in their 32-25 loss to Kurt Warner and the Cards. That mark stood until the Eagles gained 456 yards in the 2017 NFC Championship Game and was broken again two weeks later when they had 538 yards in the Super Bowl.

A record-setting win

The Eagles and Cards met in the NFL Championship Game in 1947 and 1948, the Cards winning 28-21 in 1947 at Comiskey Park in Chicago and the Eagles winning 7-0 a year later at Shibe Park. The Eagles’ seven passing yards in the snow that day are the fewest ever in a postseason game, and the Cards’ 35 yards are the 10th-fewest ever. Needless to say the 42 combined yards are the fewest as well in a postseason game. However, it was not the lowest-scoring postseason game ever. In 1970, the Cowboys beat the Lions 5-0 in a conference semifinal round game at the Cotton Bowl.

Longest streak ever

The Eagles have lost four straight games in Arizona since a 21-7 win in 2001, equaling their longest streak ever against the Cards in Arizona. They’re 0-3 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale. Their four-game road losing streak against the Cards is their longest current road losing streak against any opponent, although they’re 0-4-1 all-time in Cincinnati.  

Randall's greatest game

The greatest game of Randall Cunningham’s career came not during his All-Pro season with the Vikings in 1998 but as an Eagle against the Cards in 1992. Cunningham was 17 for 22 for 267 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs and a career-best 156.6 in a 31-14 win at Sun Devil Stadium. Only one QB has had a higher passer rating against the Cards since — Alex Smith of the 49ers had a 157.1 mark in 2012.

Chasing Retzlaff

For 29 years, Pete Retzlaff of the Eagles had the most career receiving yards ever against the Cards with 1,608, a mark he set in 21 games from 1956 through 1966. His record was finally broken by another Eagle … kind of. Art Monk had 1,555 receiving yards against the Cards playing for Washington from 1980 through 1994. And in the second-to-last game of his Hall of Fame career — one of three games he played for the Eagles in 1995 — Monk had 55 yards in an Eagles 21-20 win at the Vet in 1995, increasing his total to 1,610 yards and breaking Retzlaff’s record. Monk and Retzlaff remain No. 1 and 2 all-time vs. the Cards. Michael Irvin is third with 1,539 yards. 

Heartbreakers

During the last 25 years, the Eagles have allowed two game-winning TD passes longer than 15 yards in the final two minutes of a game — both against the Cards. In 2001, the Cards trailed the Eagles 20-14 at the Vet and had a 4th-and-10 with 17 seconds left when Jake Plummer threw a 35-yard game-winning TD pass to Martay Jenkins. And in 2014, with the Cards trailing 20-17 at University of Phoenix Stadium with 1:33 left, Carson Palmer threw a game-winning 75-yard TD to John Brown.

 

Remember these guys?

Ten players have played at least 32 games for both the Cards and Eagles: Mike Zordich (79 Eagles, 80 Cards), Vai Sikahema (32 Eagles, 75 Cards), Jeff Feagles (64 Eagles, 64 Cards), James Darling (59 Eagles, 48 Cards), Seth Joyner (120 Eagles, 48 Cards), King Hill (7 Eagles, 44 Cards), Jerry Norton (51 Eagles, 38 Cards), Terry Hoage (65 Eagles, 33 Cards), Stewart Bradley (44 Eagles, 32 Cards) and Clyde Simmons (124 Eagles, 32 Cards). Roy Green, Reggie Wells, Jeremy Bridges, Matt Ware, Sean Morey and Josh McCown didn’t make the cut.

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