The Eagles are Back in Black for Sunday night's matchup with the Arizona Cardinals. Dating back to the 2008 season, this will be the fourth time that the Eagles have hosted the Cardinals at Lincoln Financial Field. Philadelphia is 2-1 in the previous matchups. The one thing that is common in the two victories is that the Eagles sported the alternate black jerseys. Those wins were critical in fueling runs to the playoffs. Will Sunday night provide more black magic for the Eagles? We'll see, but first let's take a look back at the previous Cardinals-Eagles black jersey showdowns.
November 27, 2008: McNabb's Redemption In 48-20 Rout
Four days after he was benched in a blowout loss in Baltimore, quarterback Donovan McNabb threw for four touchdowns as the Eagles played the role of rude Thanksgiving night host in a 48-20 victory. The win was the beginning of a stretch in which the Eagles won four of their final five regular season games to get into the playoffs.
McNabb was 27-of-39 for 260 yards with a passer rating of 121.7. Brian Westbrook tied a franchise record with four total touchdowns, scoring two on the ground and two through the air. Westbrook finished with 130 yards from scrimmage.
Right from the jump, the Eagles came out hot as McNabb completed all five of his pass attempts on the opening drive which was capped off with a 5-yard touchdown toss to Westbrook.
Joselio Hanson recorded the first of three interceptions against Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner to setup Westbrook's second touchdown of the night, a 1-yard run. The Eagles led 21-0 in the second quarter after Westbrook's second touchdown reception. Westbrook's final touchdown came with 6:17 left in the third quarter to give the Eagles a 31-7 advantage.
December 1, 2013: Foles Tosses Three TDs As Eagles Hold On
The Eagles won their fourth straight game to maintain a first-place tie in the NFC East that would go down to the final week of the season by defeating the Cardinals 24-21. Quarterback Nick Foles, off of his record-setting November, threw three more touchdown passes against what was the league's eighth-best defense.
Tight end Zach Ertz was the recipient of two of Foles' touchdown passes, the second gave the Eagles a 24-7 lead in the third quarter. Arizona made things interesting with two touchdown passes by Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer to cut the Eagles' lead to three with 4:45 remaining.
The Cardinals had one final chance to either tie or win the game with 2:08 left, but Palmer's fourth-down pass attempt to wide receiver Michael Floyd was knocked down by cornerback Bradley Fletcher. The Eagles' defense forced Palmer to throw two interceptions and lose a fumble.