- Philadelphia Eagles
- September 2, 2018
Established on 8th of July 1933, The Philadelphia Eagles are a professional football team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They compete in the National Football League (NFL) as members of the league’s National Football Conference (NFC) East Division. Jeffrey Lurie has been the CEO, Chairman and owner of the club since 1994 until the present days.
The Philadelphia Eagles won three NFL Championships (1948, 1949, and 1960), one Super Bowl Championship (2018), four Conference Championships and 13 Division Championships. Their color scheme is: midnight green, silver, black, white; while their current home stadium is Lincoln Financial Field.
The Philadelphia Eagles were founded in 1933, when the former Frankford Yellow Jackets franchise was sold to a Philadelphia-based syndicate headed by Bert Bell and Lud Wray. Their first seasons weren’t a success but the arrival of Earle Alfred Neale as head coach stipulated a promising change. For three consecutive years – in 1944, 1945 and 1946 – they finished second in the NFL Eastern Division. The following year, in 1947, they won the division title in and then scored successive shutout victories in the 1948 and 1949 NFL Championship games, defeating the Chicago Cardinals, 7–0 (1948) and the Los Angeles Rams, 14–0 (1949).
The arrival of Dick Vermeil and the first NFC East title
With a score of 17-13 against Green Bay Packers, the Eagles won their third NFL Championship in 1960. Lead by head coach, they became the only team in the NFL history to defeat Vince Lombardi and his team in the playoffs.
In 1969, Leonard Tose bought the Eagles for $16,155,000; and in 1976, he hired Dick Vermeil as head coach. From 1980, Vermeil led the team to four consecutive playoff appearances and in 1980, they won their first NFC East title against the Dallas Cowboys with a 20-7 victory. Nonetheless, the following year they lost in Super Bowl XV to the American Football Conference (AFC) champions, the Oakland Raiders. In 1982, Dick Vermeil resigned and was replaced by Marion Campbell.
The Andy Reid era
After Jeffrey Lurie purchased the Eagles in 1994, Andy Reid was hired as head coach five years later, which led to a notable improvement of the team. The Philadelphia Eagles played in four consecutive NFC Championship Games between 2001 and 2004, the last one being, without any doubt, the most spectacular. After defeating the Minnesota Vikings and Atlanta Falcons, the Eagles advanced to Super Bowl XXXIX, where they played against the New England Patriots and lost with 21-24. Andy Reid guided the team to a total of eight playoff berths in 10 years from their second season in Philadelphia, included five NFC Championship games and a Super Bowl appearance, but no titles. He was fired as head coach in 2012, due to the struggles of the team and the missed playoffs.
Chip Kelly and the rebuilding
In 2013, Chip Kelly was hired as the head coach and in his first season led the team to a 10–6 regular season record and their seventh NFC East title. During the next season, the Philadelphia Eagles made history as the only team to trail by ten or more points in their first three games and come back to win. However, they lost to the Redskins with 3-11. In 2015, Kelly made some questionable moves and trades which led to two catastrophic seasons. On 29th of December 2015, he was fired as head coach by the Philadelphia Eagles.
The first Super Bowl Championship winning
Armed with veterans on defense, such as: Chris Long, Corey Graham, Patrick Robinson and Tim Jernigan, as well as other valuable players (LeGarette Blount, Torrey Smith, Alshon Jeffrey), the Eagles opened the 2017 season with a 30-17 victory against the Washington Redskins. After losing to the Kansas City Chiefs the following week (27-20), they went on a nine-game win streak until the 10-24 loss to Seattle Seahawks. In Week 14 they defeated the Los Angeles Rams in a 43–35 win.
During the playoffs, they opened as underdogs and won over the Minnesota Vikings 38–7 in the NFC Championship. They went on to compete in the Super Bowl LII against the New England Patriots once again. The Eagles led the Patriots 22–12 at halftime and the last score was a 46-yard field goal by Jake Elliott to make the final score of 41–33. The Philadelphia Eagles won the first Super Bowl Championship in the franchise history and their first championship since 1960.
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