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Series History: Redskins-Eagles

Posted by Andrew Walker on November 16, 2012 – 9:17 am

(Washington Redskins’ quarterback Joe Theismann slips through the arms of Philadelphia Eagles’ defensive end Thomas Stradium Sunday, Sept. 23, 1985, at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. [AP photo])

The Redskins have played the Eagles on 154 occasions in the regular season and postseason combined, beginning in 1934. The two teams have played each other twice every year since 1936. Washington has swept the season series 23 times, while Philadelphia has swept it 17 times.

The Redskins, originating from the Boston Braves, won both games in Boston before locating to Washington, D.C., in 1937. The Eagles, originating in Philadelphia in 1933, have always played in the City of Brotherly Love. Both the Eagles’ Lincoln Financial Field and NocaCare Training Complex are located in Philadelphia.

The Redskins won the first-ever matchup between the two teams, 6-0, Oct. 21, 1934, at Fenway Park in Boston. This was the lowest-scoring game ever between the two teams. The Redskins would win 17 of the first 20 matchups, not losing consecutively to the Eagles until the 1945-46 seasons. The two teams have tied five times, including for the first time in 1944.

The Redskins have only met the Eagles once in the playoffs, knocking them off 20-6 in the first round of the 1990 postseason. Riding touchdown receptions by Art Monk and Gary Clark – as well as a pair of field goals by Chip Lohmiller – the Redskins scored 20 unanswered to silence the fans at Veterans Stadium.

The most combined points ever scored in a Redskins-Eagles matchup is 87, and it has been down on two different occasions. In 1947, the Eagles won a 45-42 shootout in Philadelphia, a game that featured 788 combined yards of total offense. Redskins great quarterback Sammy Baugh finished the day 22-for-35 for 373 yards and five touchdowns with two interceptions.

The last time a game between the two teams reached 87 points between the Redskins and Eagles was in 2010 at FedExField, as the Redskins lost 59-28. The game featured 967 combined yards of total offense and broke numerous scoring records for a Monday Night Football game.

The Redskins, who were swept by the Eagles last season, look to redeem themselves against Philadelphia by clinching the franchise’s 80th victory in the series. Washington leads the all-time regular-season series 79-69-5. Its 79 wins against Philadelphia are the most against any team in franchise history.

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