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Chris Johnson’s Top Ten Eagles vs. Giants Moments

What’s up, World?!  Before our Kafka-led Eagles take on the Giants this weekend, let’s look back at some recent events that helped make this rivalry what it is today.

This Top 10 is in no way a Top 10 moments in Eagles vs Giants history, but it’s a Top 10 of my memories involving the Eagles and the Giants.

Number 10

November 28, 2004 – The Eagles second game vs the Giants in their Super Bowl season.  This is the game where we officially recognized Eli Manning as sucking, as he threw two interceptions and make multiple confused faces.  It was especially thrilling to clinch the NFC East in the Meadowlands in week 12.

Number 9

Until the very instant that it was announced Plaxico Burress had signed with the Jets this past offseason, most Philadelphians were convinced that Burress was destined to wear Midnight Green.  I mean, for real, he wore a Phillies hat while leaving prison, he was IN PRISON, and the Eagles were out there signing everyone under the sun whose name didn’t rhyme with Crewart Smadley.

Number 8

You know how everyone always says that they’ll take 10 awful, losing seasons if they can just get one championship.  Does it work the other way too?  Yes, the Giants won the 2007 Super Bowl, but that Super Bowl meant giving Eli Manning a six year contract.  So, yes, you had to watch the Giants win the Super Bowl… but for the next 6 years you get to watch them suffer with Eli Manning at the helm.

Number 7

The most underrated move of the Eagles offseason was signing away former future Giant great Steve Smith.  The most overrated story of training camp was the Twitter fight between Steve Smith and LeSean McCoy.  Some other memorable Giants to Eagles (or vice versa) free agents: Dhani Jones, Sean Landetta, Brian Mitchell and Carlos Emmons.

Number 6

October 19, 2003

Before DeSean Jackson, there was Brian Westbrook.

Number 5

December 13, 2009

Sunday Night Football always has good games right?  Remember this 83 point shootout between these two teams?  If you don’t remember the game, then please just watch this one quick highlight featuring Mr. Personality himself, Andy Reid.

Number 4

January 11, 2009

The 2008 season had more ups and downs than any other season in recent memory.  From their 2-3 start, to their tie with the Cincinnati Bengals (for bonus points, who can tell me which quarterback said he didn’t know NFL games could end in a tie) to Donovan McNabb being benched for the second half of the Ravens game.  But during their improbable run to the playoffs, Coach Reid decided that this was the year for the playoff beard.  The playoff beard ultimately helped the Eagles defeat the NFC champion Giants in the playoffs but, more importantly, cost me much respect around the office as it was discovered that I could not grow even a fraction of a beard.

Number 3

September 17, 2006

This was my first real experience with true Philadelphia Eagles fans.  I worked at 610WIP at the time and my boss gave me one ticket to the game.  I figured I would be sitting next to a co-worker, but when I got up to my seat I didn’t know anyone around me.  It was incredible. I high fived strangers after every big play.  The Eagles took a 17-7 lead into the half, and then scored another TD early in the 3rd Quarter.  Then I left (I hate traffic).  By the time I got home the game was tied.  They lost in overtime, but they were winning when I left, so it was all good to me.

Number 2

September 12, 2004

After a crushing third straight NFC Championship loss, this time to the Panthers (the PANTHERS!), the Eagles retooled in a major way adding Javon Kearse and Terrell Owens to a stellar nucleus of players.  The McNabb-Owens connection did not disappoint in Week 1, as they hooked up 3 times in a 31-17 rout of the Giants.

Number 1

Merrill and Mike tell this story best, so click play, close your eyes and go back to last December.  Oh, and ALWAYS punt away from DeSean Jackson.

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Chris Johnson is the Promotions Director for 94WIP and co-host of What’s The Word on Phillies 24/7. You can follow him on Twitter at @chrisjohnsonjr

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