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Eagles Overdue For A Shutout

Eagles haven't shut out an opponent since 1996.

Eagles Overdue For A Shutout

When the Cowboys burned the Eagles for a 70-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter Sunday night, it extended the Birds' streak of not shutting out an opponent to 254 games (including postseason). That is a club record and the fifth longest current streak in the NFL (see below).

Noteworthy: The last time an Eagles' foe came up empty on the scoreboard was Dec. 1, 1996, when they blanked a Giants team that was QBed by Dave Brown and Danny Kanell ... The Eagles' other 100-plus streaks without a shutout were 178 games (Oct. 39, 1955-Nov. 28, 1968) and 109 games (Nov. 28, 1968-Oct. 31, 1976) ... The Eagles themselves have been shut out seven times since they last blanked an opponent ... The Bears haven't been shut out in 141 games (Dec. 29, 2002) ... Chicago's defense last posted a shutout in Week 11 last year.

Team      Games     Last Shutout Opponent        Score
Redskins     330 Sept. 30, 1991    Eagles 23-0
Cardinals 305 Dec. 12, 1992 Giants 19-0
Vikings 300 Dec. 5, 1993 at Lions 13-0
Saints 257 Dec. 24, 1995 at Jets 12-0
Eagles 254 Dec. 1, 1996 Giants 24-0
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