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Eagles NFC East Openers

Eagles season-opening division games.

Eagles NFC East Openers

The last time the Eagles started a season with a game against an NFC East opponent, they ended it in the Super Bowl.

Opening against a division opponent, once an Eagles schedule mainstay (they did so in 13 of the 18 seasons from 1970-87), has become rare. Only three times during the Andy Reid era did the Birds open against an NFC foe, and two of those were in his first two years.

And maybe that is a good thing, because they are 6-15 all-time in such games, although they have won their last two and three of their last five.

Here are the years the Birds have opened against an NFC East opponent:

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 Year  Opponent  Result  W-L  Playoffs
 1970 
 Cowboys  L   7-17
 3-10-1 
 —
 1972  @Cowboys  L   6-28
 2-11-1  —
 1973  Cardinals  L 23-24
 5-8-1  —
 1974  @Cardinals 
 L   3-   7
 7-7  —
 1975  Giants  L 14-23
 4-10  —
 1976  @Cowboys  L   7-27
 4-10  —
 1979  Giants  W 23-17
 11-5  Lost in Divisional Playoff 
 1981  @Giants  W 24-10
 10-6  Lost in Wild Card
 1982  Redskins  L  34-37 (ot) 
 3-6  —
 1984  @Giants  L  27-28
 6-9-1  —
 1985  @Giants  L   0-21
 7-9  —
 1986  @Redskins  L  14-41
 5-10-1  —
 1987  @Redskins  L  24-34
 7-8  —
 1990  @Giants  L  20-27
 10-6  Lost in Wild Card
 1993  Cardinals  W 23-17
 8-8  —
 1994  @Giants  L  23-28
 7-9  —
 1996  @Redskins  W 17-14
 10-6  Lost in Wild Card
 1997  @Giants  L  17-31
 6-9-1  —
 1999  Cardinals  L  24-25
 5-11  —
 2000  @Cowboys  W 41-14
 11-5  Lost in Divisional Playoff
 2004  Giants  W 31-17
 13-3  Lost is Super Bowl
 2013  @Redskins  ?  ?  ?
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