Eight memorable moments between the Redskins and Eagles
Redskins-Eagles Memorable Moments
The Washington Redskins open up the 2019 regular season with a divisional matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles. The game will be the latest in a long line of noteworthy moments between the two sides.
With the next chapter about to be written, let’s take a look back at some of the most memorable moments.
Sonny Jurgensen dominates his former team
Before quarterback Sonny Jurgensen enjoyed a great career with the Redskins, he was a member of the Eagles. Though most of his time there was as a backup, he did put together a few nice seasons with the Birds. However, in 1964 Jurgensen came to D.C. after being swapped for Claude Crabb and Norm Snead.
In his first game against his former team, Jurgensen probably had the Eagles feeling a little regretful. Throwing for 385 yards and five scores, Washington cruised to a 35-20 victory.
The 'Body Bag Game'
A negative memory for Redskins fans and the players on the field, this 1990 matchup saw Washington’s roster become decimated with injuries.
During the game in which Philadelphia won 28-14, nine, yes nine, Redskins left due to some sort of ailment. That included both active quarterbacks, which meant running back Brian Mitchell had to finish the game at QB.
It’s known as the “Body Bag Game” and for good reason.
Later that same season when the two teams met in the Wild Card round, the Redskins earned some redemption.
Behind two touchdowns from Mark Rypien and two field goals off the foot of Chip Lohmiller, Washington scored 20 unanswered to send the Eagles home and advance to the Divisional Round.
The 2005-06 season didn’t start great for the Redskins. Sitting at 5-6, it was going to take a major win streak to turn the tide of the season. Washington did just that, rattling off five consecutive wins to end the regular season and earn a playoff berth.
The final, and postseason clinching win, of the regular season streak came against the Eagles in Week 17. With a late rushing score from Clinton Portis and a fumble return courtesy of Sean Taylor, Washington picked up a 31-20 win and lived to see another week.
The McNabb Era
While a quarterback trade between the two teams worked for Washington when they acquired Jurgensen, the same can’t be said for Donavan McNabb. McNabb was sent to the Redskins prior to the 2010 season, and it was a short stint in the Burgundy and Gold.
Despite settling on a long-term deal in D.C., McNabb was on the bench by December. He threw for a lot of yards (3,377 in 12 games), but his touchdown to interception ratio (14:15) was a major problem.
Just a year into his Redskins tenure, he was traded to the Vikings.
Michael Vick Puts on a Show
In one of the most memorable Monday Night games of the decade, Michael Vick welcomed himself back to the spotlight with an out-of-this-world performance against the Redskins on Monday Night Football.
The 2010 Week 10 game saw the Eagles demolish Washington 59-28. Vick finished the game with 400-plus yards of offense and six total touchdowns. For that night, video game Vick was back in action, at the expense of the Redskins.
Blowout victory kickstarts long win streak
Entering Week 11 of the 2012 campaign, the Redskins were 3-6. But, a strong performance against the Eagles changed the direction of the season.
Robert Griffin III put together a signature performance during his Rookie of the Year run, throwing for 200 yards and four scores while completing 14-of-15 passes. The 31-6 win would be the first of seven straight that brought the Redskins an NFC East Championship
Cousins delivers in division-winning game
In 2015, the Redskins once again found themselves in a crucial late-season game against the Eagles.
Needing a win to clinch the NFC East, Kirk Cousins threw for 365 yards and four touchdowns in a 38-24 win that gave Washington its first division crown since 2012.