The Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys have been NFC East rivals since 1970. Both franchises have seen their fair share of glory.
Eagles-Cowboys: NFC East Rivalry
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 most 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 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.
Rivalry Eras: Eagles Finally Reach the Top
Despite Dallas fans constantly bragging about Super Bowl rings, the Eagles finally broke through in the modern era. Their miracle run to Super Bowl LII and the heroics of Nick Foles lifted the weight of every NFC East rival with a championship to celebrate.
The Eagles have significantly more overall success as an organization than the Cowboys during the 21st century, and especially in recent seasons.
However, the head-to-head matchups have gone in favor of the Cowboys enough to drive Philadelphia fans crazy. The two franchises have established themselves as the consistent top two teams in the NFC East. Expect more classics in the era of Dak Prescott and Jalen Hurts.
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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