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Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington Commanders: 5 Most Memorable Moments in the Rivalry

Washington leads the series 88–83–6.
Washington Commanders vs. Philadelphia Eagles

These two teams have been playing one another for nearly 90 years.

The Philadelphia Eagles enter their "Monday Night Football" matchup with the Commanders at 8-0, and Washington would love nothing more than to spoil their rivals' perfect record. These two teams have played at least twice in all but one season and hate each other. Here are the five most memorable moments in their rivalry.

5. Opening Day Comeback

Philadelphia Eagles 32, Washington Redskins 27

Sept. 8, 2019 — Philadelphia

Washington opened the 2019 season by taking a 17-0 second-quarter lead on the Eagles. Then DeSean Jackson took over. Jackson caught eight passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns as Philadelphia took the lead in the third quarter and never relinquished it. The Eagles won the NFC East while Washington finished 3-13.

4. The Lone Playoff Meeting

Washington Redskins 20, Philadelphia Eagles 6

Jan. 5, 1991  Philadelphia

Both teams finished behind the eventual Super Bowl champ New York Giants in the NFC East but earned Wild Card spots. In their single playoff meeting, Philadelphia jumped out to a 6-0 before Washington shut Randall Cunningham and the offense down and scored 20 unanswered points in a workmanlike fashion.

3. Randall Cunningham and the Eagles Take Over

Philadelphia Eagles 42, Washington Redskins 37

Sept. 17, 1989  Washington, D.C.

Washington led 30-14 at one point, but four touchdown passes by Randall Cunningham pulled them within 37-35 with 1:48 left. The Eagles did not have any timeouts, but the defense did not need them. Wes Hopkins recovered a Gerald Riggs fumble on the Redskins' four-yard line and Cunningham hit Keith Jackson for the game-winning score on the next play. Jerome Brown then stripped the ball from quarterback Mark Rypien, and Reggie White recovered it to clinch the victory.

2. Donovan McNabb Returns

Washington Redskins 17, Philadelphia 12

Oct. 3, 2010  Philadelphia

The Eagles traded longtime veteran quarterback Donovan McNabb to Washington for a second and fourth-round draft pick, and his return to Lincoln Financial Field was highly anticipated. The Redskins were 1-2, but McNabb managed the game effectively, and the defense took care of the rest. Washington's success was short-lived, and the team would go 4-12 with McNabb being benched before the end of the season.

1. The Body Bag Game

Philadelphia Eagles 28, Washington Redskins 14

Nov. 12, 1990  Philadelphia

Eagles head coach Buddy Ryan told reporters before his team's "Monday Night Football" matchup that they would beat Washington so bad that "they'll have to be carted off in body bags." Philadelphia backed up his crass statement when nine Redskins had to leave the game with injuries. When one Washington player was lying on the field, an Eagles player said, “Do you guys need any more body bags?" The Redskins were so decimated by injuries that rookie running back Brian Mitchell had to play quarterback. 

— Written by Aaron Tallent, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Tallent is a writer whose articles have appeared in The Sweet Science, FOX Sports' Outkick the Coverage, Liberty Island and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter at @AaronTallent.