Often regarded as the most bitter and intense rivalry in the entire NFL, longtime foes, the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles, continue to make every single matchup count.
With this back-and-forth rivalry dating all the way back to September 1960, the Cowboys currently lead the way with 69 wins over the Eagles, who have clocked 53 victories of their own over Dallas. It is also worth noting that the Cowboys have won three of the four playoff matchups between these two franchises as well.
With some crazy games and moments over the years, there are literally countless instances of the Cowboys and Eagles being categorized as “savage.” However, there are three occurrences, in particular, that stand out a bit more than the rest.
October 25, 1987: Buddy Ryan Accuses Tom Landry of Running Up the Score
With head coach Buddy Ryan leading the Philadelphia Eagles and the heralded Tom Landry serving as the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, things got especially crazy back in October of 1987. Ryan accused Landry of running up the score as a result of previous matchups between the two NFC rivals and was obviously not happy as the Cowboys and Eagles clashed at Veterans Stadium in the first game back after the strike concluded.
Not only did Ryan and company win the rematch from a few weeks earlier, but he made sure to rub it in a little extra en route to having quarterback Randall Cunningham execute a fake kneel down in the final seconds. After drawing a pass interference penalty, the Eagles would eventually score a touchdown.
“If there wasn’t bad blood before,” former NFL quarterback and then color commentator Joe Theismann said, “there’s going to be bad blood now.”
November 23 & December 10, 1989: Bounty Bowl I & II
As is tradition in the NFL, the divisional rivals in the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys met not once but twice as a result of the 1989 campaign. Even though these two teams meet twice every year, things somehow got even more hostile than usual back in November and December of 1989. Known as “Bounty Bowl I” and “Bounty Bowl II,” former Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson infamously accused then Eagles head coach Buddy Ryan of putting a bounty on Dallas kicker Luis Zendejas.
Sparking the insanity, Zendejas was demolished on the opening kickoff of the first meeting in 1989. After the second meeting of the chaotic back-and-forth, which took place in Philadelphia, Eagles fans threw ice and snowballs at the Cowboys as Dallas exited the field of play.
2017 & 2018 NFL Drafts: Drew Pearson, David Akers Trash Talk Rival Franchises
With the annual event taking place in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art in late April, the 2017 NFL Draft notably returned to the “City of Brotherly Love” for the first time since 1961. As a result of the Philadelphia Eagles playing host to the 2017 NFL Draft, former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Drew Pearson wasted absolutely no time trolling the rival NFC East franchise as he announced the 60th overall pick in the second round.
However, the Eagles and former Philadelphia kicker David Akers would only have to wait one year to get their revenge on Pearson and the Cowboys. With the following NFL Draft in 2018 taking place in Dallas, Akers used his presentation of the No. 49 overall pick in the second round to get back at Pearson for trolling the Eagles the year before.
Although Pearson and the Cowboys did it first, Akers’ rebuttal on behalf of the Eagles and the team’s fan base was pretty epic as well.