The Philadelphia Eagles are one of the favorites to win the 2020 Super Bowl in Miami.
And OK. They aren’t the top favorite by any means, but they’re in the top six.
NFL betting aside, Eagles fans are well aware that winning that coveted title can take several decades to accomplish (excluding those three NFL championships before the Super Bowl was a thing). The team held up the Lombardi Trophy for the first time in 2018.
But they have experienced several painful losses along the way. There are more than 600 of them in franchise history.
Instead of listing every single one, we offer up the 10 worst losses in Eagles history.
This is, of course, a subjective list. Feel free to agree or disagree.
10. Eagles fans make Santa’s naughty list
Philadelphia fans get a bad rap nationally. Throwing snowballs at Santa Claus likely has a little something to do with it. The team entered the final game of the 1968 season with a 2-11 record. So the fans didn’t have much to get excited about.
But the 24-17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings is not what people are talking about decades later. This is the game when Santa got pelted with snowballs during halftime. There is even a spoof of ESPN’s 30 for 30 about it.
9. The Fog Bowl
The weather often becomes a factor in NFL games. It was certainly the case with a Dec. 31, 1988, playoff game at Soldier Field. Instead of rain or snow, heavy fog blanketed the stadium, making visibility for the players and fans nearly impossible in the second half.
To make matters worse, the Eagles only scored nine first-half points against the Chicago Bears and trailed 17-9 at halftime. The final score was 20-12, and any championship hopes faded away in the fog.
8. There are ties in football?
Remember when the Eagles played the Cincinnati Bengals on Nov. 16, 2008? It’s hard to forget the final score of 13-13. And the AFC North squad entered the game with a 1-8 record. Yes, upsets happen all of the time in football. But there was a bigger problem. It seems quarterback Donovan McNabb was not fully aware of the overtime rules. Listen to him try and explain things after the game.
7. Embarrassed in New Orleans
The Eagles entered the 2018 season as the defending Super Bowl champions. And that title comes with high expectations. Unfortunately, last year’s squad failed to live up to those high expectations.
They traveled to New Orleans for a Nov. 18 game against the Saints, but there is no way of sugarcoating the result. The 48-7 loss is now part of NFL history. Being the first league champs to suffer a 41-point defeat is not something worth bragging about.
6. Monday Night blues
Believe it or not, the Saints game mentioned above is not the most lopsided loss on this list. The 42-0 defeat to the Seattle Seahawks, however, is.
Being on Monday Night Football only made it worse. We are talking about the same Philadelphia franchise that had played in four straight NFC Championship games and was fresh off a Super Bowl appearance. The Dec. 5, 2005, loss dropped the Birds to 5-7 for the season.
The result spoiled what was supposed to be a very special night. Prior to the game, the organization retired the No. 92 jersey of former defensive end Reggie White.
5. Blowing a 23-point lead
This one takes us back to Dec. 1, 1985. The Birds were leading the Minnesota Vikings 23-0 early in the third quarter. Quarterback Ron Jaworski (aka Jaws) had a blockbuster first half with 204 passing yards and two touchdowns. Fans were chalking this one up in the win column. That was until the Vikings scored 28 unanswered points and went on to win the game, 28-23. To make matters worse, it was played at the Vet.
4. Raiders raid Super Bowl 1981 dreams
The Eagles were heading to the Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history. They finished the 1980 regular season with a 12-4 record. It happened to be the same year the Philadelphia Phillies won their first World Series in franchise history.
The Eagles great run included a 10-7 victory over the Oakland Raiders. But when Super Bowl XV rolled around two months later, the Silver and Black looked like a completely different team. It showed in the final score, Raiders 27, Eagles 10.
3. End of the Andy Reid era
Andy Reid (currently the Kansas City Chiefs head coach) is the winningest coach in Eagles history (130-93-1). His final game, Dec. 30, 2012, against the New York Giants, however, was not so memorable. His team lost 42-7 to finish fourth in the NFC East with a 4-12 record. Call it a sad, sad ending to a tenure that was highlighted by five trips to the NFC Championship game and one Super Bowl appearance (see No. 1).
2. Falling flat against the Buccaneers
It seemed like the stars were aligned in 2002. The final football event in Veterans Stadium history could not have been any bigger. The Eagles were hosting the Tampa Bay Bucs in the conference championship game. Plus the cold temps favored the home team. What could go wrong?
Just about everything, as the visitors and eventual Super Bowl champs won easily, 27-10. And the 92-yard Ronde Barber interception return for a touchdown with 3:12 left in the game still haunts Eagles fans today.
1. Super Bowl 2005 (aka bust No. 2)
When the 2004 season came around, it seemed like the Eagles time had finally arrived. The franchise was still seeking its first Super Bowl title. The McNabb and Terrell Owens combination was one of the NFL’s best. The team finished the regular season 13-3. Combined that with a strong defense, and all the pieces seemed to be perfectly aligned to win Super Bowl XXXIX in Jacksonville, Fla.
Well, Tom Brady and the Patriots, who were favored by 7, had other plans. The Birds ended up beating the spread, but once again fell short of the golden prize, 24-21.