When the Eagles run into the Metrodome next Sunday, head coach Andy Reid will be making his seventh postseason appearance in his 10 years as the Eagles' head coach. Here's a look back at some of the highlights of his 8-6 postseason career. One thing is consistent, the Eagles have never lost in the first game - whether it's the wild card round or divisional - under Reid.
After engineering a six-game turnaround in his second season, Reid's Eagles clinched a wild card berth and their first home playoff game since 1995. After a 21-3 rout at Veterans Stadium over the Buccaneers, the Eagles dropped a 20-10 decision on the road to the NFC East champion Giants – a game punctuated by Jason Sehorn's acrobatic ""kick-six."" Though the Giants would roll into the Super Bowl, it would be the last time before a six-year run of Eagle dominance in the division, during which they captured five NFC East titles.
The Eagles sealed the largest margin of victory to date in Reid's tenure with a 31-9 dismantling of Tampa Bay while picking off Brad Johnson four times, and the win allowed them to move to a divisional round matchup in Donovan McNabb's hometown of Chicago. There, McNabb accounted for all three Eagle touchdowns in a 33-19 romp, as they moved to their first of four consecutive NFC Championship games. In an outcome that would become far too familiar, the Eagles lost, 29-24 at St. Louis, while Marshall Faulk went nuts with 159 rushing yards and two touchdowns. The Eagles would not play another playoff game on the road until 2006.
This year marked the Eagles' second consecutive NFC East title, but the first first-round bye of Reid's tenure. They made quick work of Michael Vick's Falcons, but ran into a familiar foe in the NFC Championship matchup for the final game at Veterans Stadium. There, Tampa Bay broke its streak of bowing out to the Eagles in the playoffs, while the Eagles built upon their string of consecutive NFC title game losses The Buccaneers would ride Ronde Barber's late interception return into the end zone at the Vet all the way to their first Super Bowl championship.
The Eagles' 20-17 overtime win against the Packers had many memorable moments. But as exciting as 4th-and-26 was, and how legendary the play will be for the rest of Eagles history, it was trivialized by the Eagles' third consecutive NFC Championship defeat, a 14-3 loss to Carolina.
Finally. The Eagles easily won their first two playoff games, beating Minnesota and Atlanta, to advance to Super Bowl XXXIX. Despite a valiant effort from an injured Terrell Owens, the Eagles fell 24-21 to the Patriots, who repeated as champions.
The Eagles, sitting at 5-6, made an unbelievable run to the NFC East title with five consecutive wins to close out the season, despite McNabb missing all of the games after tearing his ACL on Nov. 19. Backup Jeff Garcia led the Eagles to a 23-20 wild card win against division rival New York, but the Eagles could not stop the Saints' Deuce McAllister in New Orleans the following week.