The Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys have been NFC East rivals since 1970. Both franchises have seen their fair share of glory in great rivalry moments.
Eagles-Cowboys Rivalry: 1970s-1990s
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 irreplaceable element of 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 for their nemeses 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 rivalry will live on as long as people watch the NFL.
Rivalry Eras: Dallas Dominates the 20th Century
The Eagles began the Super Bowl era as the little brothers of the rivalry. They struggled to keep up with legendary teams with Roger Staubach under center and Tom Landy pacing the sidelines during the 1970s.
Dick Vermeil brought the Eagles back into NFL relevance to give Veterans Stadium crowds something to cheer about. However, Troy Aikman fed Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin for another storied chapter of Dallas Cowboys history.
Eagles fans cherish memories of defeating the Cowboys during the Buddy Ryan era of the rivalry and into the early 1990s. Despite a fairly one-sided rivalry, four victories stood above the rest.
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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