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How much did Kurt Warner kill the Eagles?

Ten years from now, when you think back about Kurt Warner and how he performed against the Eagles, two games will come to mind. The one freshest in your memory is last year's NFC championship game in Arizona. Warner faced the Eagles seven times in his NFL career, but that game was by far his most successful performance against the Birds. He picked the Eagles' defense apart, completing 21 of 28 passes for 279 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. The Eagles couldn't stop the run on that fourth-quarter drive that gave Arizona a 32-25 lead and chewed 7:52 off the clock, but Warner did his part, going 5-for-5 for 56 yards and a touchdown. And the other game, of course, is the 2002 NFC championship game when the Eagles traveled to St. Louis for a shot at the Super Bowl. Marshall Faulk carried 31 times for 159 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Warner completed 22 of 33 passes for 212 yards and a TD. Warner's success against the Eagles was remarkably different in the regular season and the playoffs. Would you believe that he was just 1-4 against the Birds in five regular-season meetings? In those games, he completed 55.4 percent of his passes, throwing six touchdowns and nine interceptions with a QB rating of 64.6. Of teams that Warner faced more than once in his career, only the Bucs held him to a lower number (53.5). In two playoff meetings, he completed 70.5 percent of his passes with five touchdowns and no INTs. In the regular season meetings, the Eagles managed to pick him off two times or more in four of the five games. But the Birds' defense went without an interception in two playoff meetings against Warner. Below are a couple charts, showing Warner's games against the Eagles. Regular season: Date Team Result Comp. Att. Yards TDs INTs 1/20/00 Rams 38-31 L 12 24 151 2 2 9/9/01 Rams 20-17 W 28 42 308 1 2 12/1/02 Rams 10-3 L 20 42 218 0 2 9/12/04 Giants 31-17 L 16 28 203 0 0 11/27/08 Cardinals 48-20 L 21 39 235 3 3

How much did Kurt Warner kill the Eagles?

Kurt Warner twice denied the Eagles a chance of going to the Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Kurt Warner twice denied the Eagles a chance of going to the Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Ten years from now, when you think back about Kurt Warner and how he performed against the Eagles, two games will come to mind.

The one freshest in your memory is last year's NFC championship game in Arizona.

Warner faced the Eagles seven times in his NFL career, but that game was by far his most successful performance against the Birds. He picked the Eagles' defense apart, completing 21 of 28 passes for 279 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. The Eagles couldn't stop the run on that fourth-quarter drive that gave Arizona a 32-25 lead and chewed 7:52 off the clock, but Warner did his part, going 5-for-5 for 56 yards and a touchdown.

And the other game, of course, is the 2002 NFC championship game when the Eagles traveled to St. Louis for a shot at the Super Bowl. Marshall Faulk carried 31 times for 159 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Warner completed 22 of 33 passes for 212 yards and a TD.

Warner's success against the Eagles was remarkably different in the regular season and the playoffs. Would you believe that he was just 1-4 against the Birds in five regular-season meetings? In those games, he completed 55.4 percent of his passes, throwing six touchdowns and nine interceptions with a QB rating of 64.6. Of teams that Warner faced more than once in his career, only the Bucs held him to a lower number (53.5).

In two playoff meetings, he completed 70.5 percent of his passes with five touchdowns and no INTs.

In the regular season meetings, the Eagles managed to pick him off two times or more in four of the five games. But the Birds' defense went without an interception in two playoff meetings against Warner.

Below are a couple charts, showing Warner's games against the Eagles.

Regular season:

Date Team Result Comp. Att. Yards TDs INTs
1/20/00 Rams 38-31 L 12 24 151 2 2
9/9/01 Rams 20-17 W 28 42 308 1 2
12/1/02 Rams 10-3 L 20 42 218 0 2
9/12/04 Giants 31-17 L 16 28 203 0 0
11/27/08 Cardinals 48-20 L 21 39 235 3 3


Playoffs:

Date Team Result Comp. Att. Yards TDs INTs
1/27/2000 Rams 29-24 W 22 33 212 1 0
1/18/2009 Cardinals 32-25 W 21 28 279 4 0


The discrepancy is not unique to the Eagles though. Warner's postseason accolades are ridiculous. He owns the three highest passing yardage totals in Super Bowl history to go along with a 9-4 playoff record. And his 104.6 postseason QB rating is second in league history.

Warner announced his retirement Friday afternoon.

His connection to the Andy Reid/Donovan McNabb Eagles teams will always be unique. Warner reached the Super Bowl three times and twice beat the Eagles to get there. And he's the only quarterback to have twice denied the Birds of a Super Bowl berth.

Feel free to share your favorite (or least favorite) memories from his 12-year career in the comments below.

Sheil Kapadia Philly.com
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