The Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys have been NFC East rivals since 1970. Both franchises have seen their fair share of glory, and Eagles fans love to revisit memorable victories. However, the Eagles-Cowboys rivalry certainly hasn’t been one-sided, especially before Donovan McNabb and Andy Reid came along.
The moniker of the Cowboys as “America’s Team” has never sat well in Philadelphia. It’s a fan base that identifies as the tough, unforgiving crowd that creates a hostile environment as the key element of their home-field advantage. The clash has created one of the bitter rivalries in the NFL.
The venom against the Dallas Cowboys is as old as Philadelphia fandom itself. The underdog complex developed while the Cowboys built dynasties in the 1970s and the 1990s.
The bravado of Dallas fans living in the Philadelphia area doesn’t allow Eagles fans to drop the bitterness for their arch-rival even when the rivalry on the field doesn’t have the highest level of intensity.
There’s a reason a team that plays in Texas stayed in the NFC East when the NFL realigned divisions in 2002. The rivalry factor between the Eagles and Cowboys was too advantageous for television appeal and natural drama. Two more major East Coast markets in New York and Washington were equally as important draws.
The Worst Dallas Cowboys Games
“The Pickle Juice Game” and 44-6 will always come up when Philadelphia fans think of their rivalry with the Cowboys.
However, they also have to fairly acknowledge Donovan McNabb whipping out the air guitar before an Eagles-Cowboys playoff game and the Dallas dominance before the turn of the century. The Cowboys have even unloaded their has-beens on the Eagles.
97.5 The Fanatic has put together a comprehensive history of the best Eagles-Cowboys memories in the rivalry’s history.
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