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Series History: Redskins-Eagles

Posted by Andrew Walker on December 20, 2012 – 11:00 am

(AP photo)

(Washington Redskins tight end Logan Paulsen stretches for the end zone in the Redskins’ 31-6 win against the Philadelphia Eagles Nov. 18 at FedExField. Paulsen scored his second-career touchdown in the game. [AP photo])

The Redskins have played the Eagles on 155 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 matchup between the two teams saw a 31-6 Redskins win Nov. 18 at FedExField. The Redskins never trailed in the game, as Washington dominated in all three aspects – offense, defense and special teams. Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was nearly perfect on the day, completing 14-of-15 passes for 200 yards and four touchdowns to four different receivers – Santana Moss, Aldrick Robinson, Logan Paulsen and Darrel Young.

The Washington defense forced three Philadelphia turnovers, as DeAngelo Hall and Brandon Meriweather each had interceptions. The game sparked the Redskins’ current five-game winning streak.

The Redskins, who were swept by the Eagles last season, look to sweep Philadelphia for the first time since the 2008 season. Washington leads the all-time regular-season series 80-69-5. Its 80 wins against Philadelphia are the most against any team in franchise history.

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