Over the years, the Dallas Cowboys have had some pretty big moments when they have traveled to Philadelphia to play their divisional rival. No team has played the Cowboys more times than Philadelphia, who have squared off a total of 118 times since Dallas entered the league in 1960, including four times in the playoffs. The memories are plentiful, whether they occurred at Veterans Stadium (1971-2003) or Lincoln Financial Field (2004-present).
Sure, some of these moments aren’t pleasant. Remember when Barry Switzer went for it twice (and failed both times) on fourth down in their own territory late in the game? Emmitt Smith was stuffed, leaving the Eagles in position to kick the game-winning field goal for the 20-17 victory. Then, there was the winner-goes-to-the-playoffs game in the season finale of 2008, but that didn’t go so well for Tony Romo and company. The Cowboys lost that game 44-7 and ended their season in a disappointing fashion. And let’s not forget Michael Irvin’s final game where he suffered a career-ending neck injury. Eagles fans cheered when he was taken off the field. The Cowboys would lose that game, squandering a 3-0 start and finish the season with an 8-8 record. It was the end of the Cowboys dynasty as the Cowboys went 5-11 in each of the next three seasons.
While those are terrible memories, there have been some really good ones. Throughout the years, what are your favorite road moments against the Eagles?
Emmitt runs wild
After sitting out in a contract dispute, Cowboys star running back Emmitt Smith missed the first two games of the 1993 season. Everyone was up in arms as the defending Super Bowl champs had gotten off to an 0-2 start without 22 on the field. Fortunately, Smith returned and the Cowboys went on to win seven straight on route to their second-consecutive championship. In the middle of that win streak was a trip to Veteran’s Stadium that featured an unstoppable Emmitt Smith. He would rack up a career-high 237 yards against the Eagles, setting a Cowboys franchise record (later broke by DeMarco Murray in 2011 against the Rams). It was a great display of imposing one’s will on an Eagles defense that just couldn’t stop him even though they knew it was coming.
Wouldn’t it be great to see Ezekiel Elliott pull off something like that on Sunday night?
No helmet, no problem
The Cowboys had a great season in 2007. It was Tony Romo’s first season as quarterback. It was Jason Garrett’s first year as offensive coordinator. Romo would break franchise records and the offense would put up the second-most points in franchise history at the time. They would also tie a franchise best of 13 wins, matching only Jimmy Johnson’s Cowboys of 1992.
In the midst of this great season, the Cowboys would rout the Eagles 38-17. I can’t tell you much about this game, except that this happened...
It was an iconic moment for Jason Witten and can be seen at The Star by all the players when they come off the practice field to remind them - the secret is in the dirt.
Jason Witten looking up at a picture of himself at The Star two years ago pic.twitter.com/X6N9VeJo6l— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) April 27, 2018
Because of this play, the NFL changed the rules so that the play would be blown dead once the ball carriers helmet came off. They must’ve guessed that players wouldn’t have the audacity to keep running after their helmet came off. They guessed wrong.
Pearson’s draft announcement
This isn’t an actual game so technically it doesn’t qualify, but it’s too enjoyable to not bring up an an honorable mention. You got to love Drew Pearson’s energy here, especially the part where he reminds the people of Philadelphia of how many Super Bowls the Cowboys have won. Well done, 88.
What are your favorite Philadelphia moments?