The Philadelphia Eagles were founded in 1933, but contrary to popular belief, they were not part of the old Frankford Yellow Jackets. The team struggled during their formative seasons in the 1930s and the struggle continued into the early 1940s until a one-year merge took place with the Pittsburgh Steelers, nicknaming the squad the ‘Steagles.’
This kicked off a winning trend for the Eagles, who reverted back to their original nickname in 1944, capping off six straight winning seasons with two NFL Championships in 1948 and 1949.
Throughout the 1950s, the team reverted back to mediocrity before winning their third NFL Title in 1960.
The 1960 Championship proved to be the Eagles’ last for decades, as more mediocrity followed between 1961 and 1977, which saw only two winning seasons in 1961 and 1966.
In 1978, the team’s dry spell broke and by 1980, made their first Super Bowl appearance in a loss to the Oakland Raiders.
After one more winning season in 1981, mediocrity again plagued the Eagles until 1988, when the team would find itself in the playoffs again six times over the next nine seasons, however, they failed to advance past the Divisional Round each year.
After a short dry spell between 1996 and 1999, new quarterback Donovan McNabb took charge, leading the team to one of its best eras in team history. The Eagles won five NFC East Championships between 2001 and 2006, capping off with their second Super Bowl appearance, a loss to the New England Patriots.
After the Super Bowl season, the Eagles saw a little bit of the good, the bad, and the ugly, capturing two more NFC East Titles between 2007 and 2013, but also finishing last twice in 2005 and 2012. They also missed the playoffs four times in that span.
After three more mediocre seasons between 2014 and 2016, the Eagles broke the glass ceiling in 2017 in an upset Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots, led by backup quarterback Nick Foles. In 2018, the Eagles dropped to 9-7, however, advanced to the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs before falling to the high-scoring New Orleans Saints.
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Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Midnight green, silver, black
Reggie White, Donovan McNabb, Brian Dawkins, Jerome Brown
Won first Super Bowl in franchise history in 2017.
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