In light of Brazil's soul-crushing home nation 7-1 loss to Germany in the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup yesterday, I thought it would be appropriate to look back at some of the best victories and worst losses in Philadelphia Eagles history. The Eagles have spent their fair share of time on both sides of the spectrum in recent years. We'll start with some of the losses in order to get those out of the way and then move on to the good times.
December 30, 2012 - NYG 42, PHI 7
The last game of Andy Reid's long tenure as the Eagles head coach. It was an abysmal end to an abysmal season. The only Eagles touchdown came on a Michael Vick pass to Jeremy Maclin. Random trivia: that Maclin touchdown came more recently than former Giants and now Colts WR Hakeem Nicks' last touchdown. Another piece of trivia is that Trent Edwards was the last Eagles QB to throw a pass under Reid's tenure. The "good news" here is that the game really didn't matter because the Eagles and Giants were already both eliminated from the postseason.
Sunday, January 3, 2010 - DAL 24, PHI 0
This was a game where the Eagles had the chance to clinch the No. 2 seed in the NFC and earn a bye week. Philadelphia entered this game riding a six-game winning streak during which they averaged 31.2 points per game. And then just like that the Cowboys shut them out. The Eagles dropped to the No. 6 seed and were eliminated by the Cowboys a week later in the first round of the playoffs. It was the Cowboys first and only playoff win since 1996. This Week 17 loss also marked Donovan McNabb's last regular season game as a member of the Eagles.
December 5, 2005 - SEA 42, PHI 0
This loss was hardly surprising because the Seahawks were Super Bowl contenders and the Eagles were pretty bad. But losing 42-0 at home in any circumstance is just terrible.
OK, that's depressing enough. On to the good times.
December 28, 2008 - PHI 44, DAL 6
November 15, 2010 - PHI 59, WAS 28
The Monday Night Massacre. You know, it's funny looking at that score. Despite it being a 31 point difference, it honestly doesn't feel like the game was that close. Michael Vick's tenure in Philadelphia was far from perfect but my goodness, when he was at his best... he was playing at a different level. Starship 7 scored six touchdowns in that game. One of those came on the very first play on an absolute beauty of a deep pass to former Eagles WR DeSean Jackson. A first quarter score of 28-0 was just ridiculous to look at. Despite all of the silly trash talk from their end before the game, Washington just wasn't ready to play. They were obliterated.
November 3rd, 2013 - PHI 49, OAK 20
No one would have expected Nick Foles to throw seven touchdowns in this game and had his jersey sent to the Hall of Fame. If Foles had played out the fourth quarter, I don't doubt he would have broken the NFL record with either 8 or 9 TD passes.
December 22nd, 2013 - PHI 54, CHI 11
This game was amazing. The Dallas Cowboys had just defeated Washington earlier in the day, effectively rendering this game useless for Philadelphia. The Eagles essentially had nothing to gain from winning or losing this game. The Bears, however, had the chance to clinch the NFC North with a win. You wouldn't have known that based on the way these teams played. The Eagles were firing on all cylinders and Chicago couldn't do anything to stop them. What made this game truly special was when the entire stadium started chanting "WE WANT DALLAS!" halfway through the contest. Chip Kelly was asked about why he didn't sit his starters in a meaningless game during his post-game press conference. He gave what was probably the most endearing quote a Philly head coach could ever even dream to say: "We're from Philadelphia, and we fight."
Looking ahead to the future, I feel like this Bears game is a sign of things to come. This is what the Chip Kelly era Eagles will look like in peak form.
Those are my memories of the most lopsided games in Eagles history. Excuse my recency bias. What are yours?