Remembering the 10 greatest home openers in Eagles history
When the Eagles face the Redskins Sunday at the Linc, they’ll be shooting for their fourth straight win in a home opener, and that would be a rarity.
The Eagles have had only two winning streaks of four wins in a row in home openers in the franchise’s 86-year history.
They won five straight home openers from 1945 through 1949 — with two NFL championships along the way — and then won four straight home openers from 1964 through 1967.
They’ve won three straight three times — 1979 through 1981, 1992 through 1994 and these past three years.
Overall, the Eagles are just 40-43-3 in openers, although Doug Pederson is 3-0!
Here's a look at 10 of the greatest home openers in Eagles history! (USA Today Images)
Oct. 10, 1948, Shibe Park — Eagles 45, Giants 0
The Eagles were 0-1-1 when they finally opened their home slate in mid-October, but they jumped out to a 14-0 first quarter lead and didn’t look back. Tommy Thompson threw two touchdown passes and ran for another in the rout.
The 45-point margin of victory remains the Eagles’ largest ever against the Giants and is tied for the largest margin of victory over anybody in Eagles history. The Eagles didn’t lose again the rest of the year, roaring to their first NFL championship. (AP Images)
Sept. 7, 1980, Veterans Stadium — Eagles 27, Broncos 6
Expectations were sky-high in 1980, and the Eagles didn’t disappoint, getting out to a 20-0 halftime lead and rolling from there. Ron Jaworski threw three TD passes, including a 56-yarder to Harold Carmichael in the first quarter, and Wilbert Montgomery had 121 yards from scrimmage.
The Eagles rode the fast start to a 12-4 record, their first NFC East title ever, an NFC championship and a berth in Super Bowl XV in New Orleans. (AP Images)
Sept. 10, 1989, Veterans Stadium — Eagles 31, Seahawks 7
The Eagles hadn’t won a season opener in Philadelphia in nine years, but led by Randall Cunningham and Mike Quick, the Eagles routed the Seahawks. Cunningham threw touchdowns to Quick and Cris Carter, and Quick finished with six catches for 140 yards.
Defensively, the Eagles hounded Dave Krieg, sacking him four times and picking him off three times, including Eric Everett’s 30-yard pick-six. (AP Images)
Sept. 22, 2002, Veterans Stadium — Eagles 44, Cowboys 13
The Eagles got back to Philly 1-1 for their home opener against the Cowboys but handed the Cowboys one of eight Eagles wins by at least 24 or more points during the Andy Reid era. Donovan McNabb was brilliant, completing 24 of 37 passes for 287 yards with touchdowns to Todd Pinkston, Antonio Freeman and James Thrash and also ran for 67 yards, and Brian Westbrook threw a TD to Pinkston as well as the Eagles scored their second-most points ever against the Cowboys. (AP Images)
Sept. 12, 2004, Lincoln Financial Field — Eagles 31, Giants 17
The Eagles began their run to the Super Bowl with an easy win over Kurt Warner and the Giants, who trailed by as many as 21 points until the final minutes. Donovan McNabb threw four TD passes, including three to Terrell Owens, who was playing his first game in an Eagles uniform, and Brian Westbrook ran 17 times for 119 yards. Safety Michael Lewis had 12 tackles and two pass knockdowns to lead the Eagles’ defense. (AP Images)
Sept. 7, 2008, Lincoln Financial Field — Eagles 38, Rams 3
L.J. Smith scored a touchdown. Hank Baskett scored a touchdown. Even Tony Hunt scored a touchdown!
The 35-point win over the Rams remains the Eagles’ most lopsided opening day win in franchise history. Donovan McNabb had another terrific opener, hitting on 21 of 33 passes for 360 yards with three TD passes and no interceptions, and three Eagles had 100-yard receiving games — Baskett, Greg Lewis and DeSean Jackson. (AP Images)
Sept. 7, 2014, Lincoln Financial Field — Eagles 34, Jaguars 17
After going 10-6 and winning the NFC East in 2013, the Eagles had huge expectations a year later, and they opened the season in impressive fashion, although it took a while for them to get going. The Jaguars led 17-0 at halftime before the Eagles scored 34 unanswered points in the second half behind Nick Foles.
That remains one of only two games in NFL history in which a team trailed by 17 or more points at halftime and won by 17 or more points. (AP Images)
Sept. 11, 2016, Lincoln Financial Field — Eagles 29, Browns 10
The Doug Pederson era and the Carson Wentz era both started in a huge way three years ago this week. Wentz threw his first couple career TD passes — to Jordan Matthews and Nelson Agholor, and the Eagles rolled past the Browns in the first game ever for Pederson as a head coach and Wentz as an NFL quarterback.
The losing quarterback was Robert Griffin III, who was also the losing quarterback in Chip Kelly’s first career game as a head coach. (USA Today Images)
Sept. 24, 2017, Lincoln Financial Field — Eagles 27, Giants 24
After opening the season with a win in Washington and a loss in Kansas City, the Eagles opened their home slate against the Giants. The Eagles led 14-0 going into the fourth quarter but the Giants scored 24 points in the fourth quarter and the game was tied at 24-24 with seven seconds left and the Eagles on their own 38-yard line. Carson Wentz picked up 19 yards with a sideline pass to Alshon Jeffery, setting up Jake Elliott’s 61-yard field goal — the fourth-longest game-winner in NFL history. (AP Images)
Sept. 6, 2018, Lincoln Financial Field — Eagles 18, Falcons 12
History repeated itself when the Falcons once again lost on a last-second Matt Ryan potential game-winning pass to Julio Jones into the end zone.
In the playoffs in 2017, Ryan threw to Jones in the right corner of the end zone, but Jalen Mills defended the play and the Eagles went on to win the Super Bowl. In the 2018 opener, Ryan — working from the 5-yard line — again threw incomplete to Jones, this time in the left corner of the end zone and this time with Ronald Darby defending. (USA Today Images)