The Eagles played 19 games during their storybook march to their first Super Bowl victory. That consisted of 3,105 total plays. There were enough highlights among those plays that will be remembered in Eagles lore that it’s difficult to pare down the most memorable. But here are the 20 best moments from the Super Bowl champions:
Is there any other option? The Trey Burton-to-Nick Foles touchdown pass on fourth-and-goal at the end of the first half in the Super Bowl won’t just have a place in Eagles history; it will be remembered as one of the great plays ever in a Super Bowl.
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Brandon Graham sacks Tom Brady, forces a fumble
When Tom Brady came onto the field down five in the fourth quarter, were you worried he would drive for a go-ahead touchdown? Graham all but clinched a Super Bowl victory when he knocked the ball loose from Brady and Derek Barnett recovered late in the fourth quarter to give the Eagles the ball with the lead.
Zach Ertz’s Super Bowl-winning touchdown
On a third-and-7 from the 11-yard line with 2 minutes, 25 seconds remaining in the Super Bowl, the Eagles took the lead for good when Foles found Ertz on a slant for a touchdown. It capped a drive that included another third-down conversion and a fourth-down conversion.
Patrick Robinson’s pick-six in the NFC championship game
The Vikings had the lead and momentum early when Patrick Robinson intercepted Case Keenum and returned it 50 yards to tie the score. The Vikings did not score again in the Eagles’ 38-7 victory.
Flea-flicker vs. Vikings
Doug Pederson opened his playbook to trick plays in the postseason. Before the Philly Special, the flea-flicker, when Foles connected with Torrey Smith for a 41-yard touchdown to begin the second half of the championship game, showed that Pederson was not ready to take his foot off the pedal — and that the coach had plays saved in his deep playbook.
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Goal-line stand vs. Falcons
With a 15-10 lead with 65 seconds remaining in the divisional round against Atlanta, the Eagles defense needed one more stop from the 2-yard line. Nigel Bradham pressured Matt Ryan, and his pass sailed incomplete to Julio Jones. Jalen Mills was in coverage on the fourth-down play.
Jake Elliott’s 61-yard field goal
What would have happened to the Eagles’ season if they lost their home opener to the New York Giants and fell to 1-2? We’ll never know, because rookie kicker Jake Elliott nailed a record-setting 61-yard field goal as time expired to give the Eagles a dramatic 27-24 win over the Giants.
Chris Long forces a fumble
Carson Wentz was injured, the Eagles were trailing late in the fourth quarter, and they faced the possibility of a two-game losing streak along with the absence of their franchise quarterback — until Long sacked Jared Goff and forced a fumble that Rodney McLeod scooped up to put the Eagles in position to take the lead. Elliott nailed a go-ahead field goal and the Eagles clinched their first division crown since the 2013 season.
Elliott’s game-winner on Christmas night
Elliott proved clutch throughout the season, and his 48-yard field goal with 22 seconds remaining against the Raiders on Christmas broke a 10-10 tie and clinched home-field advantage throughout the playoffs for the Eagles.
First touchdown of the season
It seemed like it might be a magical season from the first offensive drive of the season-opening win over Washington, when Wentz scrambled around the pocket and found Nelson Agholor for a 58-yard touchdown for the Eagles’ first score.
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Agholor’s 72-yard touchdown vs. Arizona
Probably the 50th time you'll be seeing this play, but oh well. Nelson Agholor is such a good athlete when given the opportunity.🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/LYatqIoab5
— Eagles Fans⚡️ SB Champs (@NoPhlyZone5) October 8, 2017
Speaking of Wentz-to-Agholor, who can forget their 72-yard connection in a 34-7 win over the Cardinals in Week 5? It wasn’t just Wentz’s perfect throw that stood out, but also Agholor’s run after the catch that cemented his role as the Eagles’ big-play threat this season.
Carson Wentz’s run vs. Washington
It looked as though the Redskins had sacked Carson Wentz in the fourth quarter against Washington in Week 7, but Wentz somehow emerged from a pile of bodies to scramble for a 17-yard first down.
Wentz to Clement for a TD vs. Skins
That wasn’t the only time Wentz avoided a sack in Week 7. He eluded pressure and tossed a touchdown to Corey Clement in the corner of the end zone. It showed Clement’s potential as a receiving back, which was also evident in the Super Bowl.
Jay Train arrives in Philly
In Jay Ajayi’s first game with the Eagles, the newly acquired running back rushed for a 46-yard touchdown in Week 9 against the Broncos to show why Howie Roseman made the midseason acquisition.
Mills’ interception vs. Carolina
One of the Eagles’ signature regular-season victories came on a Thursday night in Carolina in Week 6, when a depleted Eagles team upset the Panthers while intercepting Cam Newton three times. Mills had the final interception to seal the 28-23 victory in the fourth quarter. Earlier in the game, Fletcher Cox forced an interception when he pushed an offensive lineman back into Newton.
Blount bullies the Chargers
Blount’s 136-yard rushing performance highlighted a 26-24 win over the Chargers in Week 4, and his 68-yard rush when he bulldozed through the Los Angeles defense set the tone for the game and was evidence that Blount still had much left in the tank for the Eagles.
Jeffery’s leaping touchdown vs. Niners
The Eagles signed Jeffery during the offseason to be their No. 1 wide receiver, and there were examples of his big-play ability throughout the season. His Super Bowl touchdown was a memorable moment, but don’t forget his leaping catch on a 53-yard touchdown in a 33-10 win over the San Francisco 49ers in Week 8.
Cox’s opening TD
Fletcher Cox ran 20 yards to the end zone after Brandon Graham sacked Kirk Cousins in the fourth quarter of the season-opening win over Washington, giving the Eagles a critical victory and leading to Pederson’s Gatorade shower. It wasn’t his last one of the season.
Darby’s pick at the Meadowlands
Nothing was going right for the Eagles in a Week 15 win over the Giants, which was their first game without Carson Wentz. Trailing by 13 points and with the Giants near midfield, Ronald Darby intercepted Eli Manning and returned it to the Giants’ 20-yard line to set up the second of Foles’ four touchdown passes.
Kamu Grugier-Hill, kicker?
The Eagles were left without a kicker after Elliott suffered a concussion in a 37-9 win over the rival Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football in Week 11, but that was no problem for the Eagles. Grugier-Hill, a linebacker, stepped in and handled four kickoffs for the Eagles. That should have been a sign that no matter what happened to this Eagles team, it always seemed to find a way.
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