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Philadelphia Eagles: A Win 413 Days in the Making

24-16 Eagles Victory Over Washington Snaps Home Losing Streak

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COMMENTARY | The Eagles moved in to sole possession of first place in the NFC East on Sunday with a 24-16 victory over Washington. What looked to be a cakewalk for a while turned in to a bit of a frenzy as Washington started to rally in the fourth quarter, but of course fans have come to expect that nothing comes easy for the Eagles at home in Lincoln Financial Field.


It had been 413 days between home regular season victories for the Eagles. Before Sunday's win the last time the Eagles won at home was September 30, 2012 against the New York Giants. Then nine different NFL teams entered Lincoln Financial Field and left with a win a total of 10 times (Dallas won twice in that stretch of futility at home).

With the home losing streak now officially a thing of the past, let us take one final look at the home losing streak to appreciate just how bad things had been.

Lincoln Financial Field, since September 30, 2012 against the New York Giants. Here is a master list of teams that won at Lincoln Financial Field in between regular season home victories for the Eagles:

Temple Owls (October 6, 2012, October 19, 2013)

Detroit Lions (October 14, 2012)

Rutgers Scarlet Knights (October 20, 2012)

Atlanta Falcons (October 28, 2012)

Cincinnati Bearcats (November 10, 2012)

Dallas Cowboys (November 11, 2012, October 20, 2013)

Syracuse Orange (November 23, 2012)

Carolina Panthers (November 26, 2012)

Navy Midshipmen (December 8, 2012)

Cincinnati Bengals (December 13, 2012)

Washington Redskins (December 23, 2012)

Houston Cougars (September 7, 2013)

Fordham Rams (September 14, 2013)

San Diego Chargers (September 15, 2013)

Kansas City Chiefs (September 19, 2013)

Louisville Cardinals (October 5, 2013)

New York Giants (October 27, 2013)

Central Florida (November 16, 2013)

Ten NFL teams won at Lincoln Financial Field since the last home Eagles win, including preseason games (a preseason game against the New England Patriots is not listed above). The Eagles did win a preseason game against the Carolina Panthers in 2013, which is not included. Nine different college football teams won at Lincoln Financial Field as well, including Saturday's thrilling victory by Central Florida.

Home teams were 2-16 (3-17 including preseason) in the Linc between Eagles wins, including Temple's schedule. Navy's victory came on a neutral field in the annual Army-Navy Game in Philadelphia.


Two teams from Cincinnati won a game in Lincoln Financial Field between Eagles home wins. The Cincinnati Bearcats beat Temple on November 10, 2012 and the Cincinnati Bengals beat the Eagles December 13, 2012.

Two teams Maryland won a game in Lincoln Financial Field between Eagles wins. Navy, who plays home football games in Annapolis, Maryland, defeated Army on December 8, 2012. The Washington Redskins, who play their home games in Maryland, defeated the Eagles on December 23, 2012.

Two teams from Texas won a game in the Linc between home Eagles wins. The Dallas Cowboys did so twice, including the win on October 20, 2013. The Houston Cougars defeated Temple on September 7, 2013.

Two teams from the state of New York have won a game in between home Eagles wins. Syracuse defeated Temple on November 23, 2012. Fordham defeated Temple on September 14, 2013.

Two teams from the state of New Jersey won a game in Philadelphia between home Eagles wins as well. Rutgers defeated Temple on October 20, 2012. The New York Giants, who play their home games in New Jersey, defeated the Eagles on October 27, 2013.

Each team in the NFC East won a game in Lincoln Financial Field during the stretch, and the division was a combined 4-0 in that span until the Redskins lost Sunday. Now the Eagles are in first place and know they can win at home. It likely will not be another 413 days before the Eagles taste another victory at home.

Kevin McGuire is a Philadelphia area sportswriter and member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Football Foundation. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook. For college football coverage, follow @KevnOnCFB.

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