LeSean McCoy's touchdowns
McCoy scored 20 total touchdowns in 2011 (17 rushing, three receiving), which set the Eagles' single-season record. McCoy broke Steve Van Buren's record of 18 touchdowns set in 1945 when the Eagles played a 10-game season. More surprising was McCoy's drop-off in 2012 when he totaled five touchdowns, including two on the ground. Bryce Brown racked up two touchdowns on two separate occasions while filling in for McCoy.
Bill Kostroun/Associated Press
"Miracle at the New Meadowlands"
DeSean Jackson sealed the fate of the Eagles' and the Giants' 2010 seasons with a play known as the "Miracle at the New Meadowlands," a 65-yard punt return that earned the Eagles their 10th victory of the season, and eventually a playoff berth. It also marked the only time in the last 30 years that a game has been decided by a game-winning punt return with no time remaining in regulation. Only three NFL games have been decided by a punt return touchdown, but the other two occurred in overtime. Jackson's dramatic walk-off score was recently voted the greatest play in NFL history by NFL.com readers.
National Football League
Standing a whopping 6-foot-8, Harold Carmichael is the tallest wide receiver to ever play in the NFL. Carmichael will not be remembered just for his height, as he is forever enshrined in the Eagles' history books. He is the Eagles' all-time leader in receptions (589) and receiving yards (8,978). Eagles fans might like to forget that Carmichael finished his glorious career with the rival Dallas Cowboys (where he joined the 6-foot-9 Ed "Too Tall" Jones).
With 90 receptions, Brian Westbrook set the Eagles' single-season record in 2007. The Eagles are one of only two teams that has a running back as its single-season receptions leader. LaDanian Tomlinson had 100 catches for the Chargers in 2003. Jeremy Maclin was the Eagles' leading receiver in 2012 with 69 receptions.
Dan Loh/Associated Press
On a Monday night during which more than 60 fist fights broke out and a flare gun was fired in Veterans Stadium, owner Jeffrey Lurie called on Justice Seamus McCaffery (not pictured) to put an end to the outrageous behavior in the crowd. This game, held on Nov. 10, 1997 against the 49ers, spurred the beginning of Eagles Court, an in-stadium courthouse used to sentence unruly fans. Two weeks later, the court was in session as the Eagles defeated the Steelers, and 20 fans were arrested and charged with crimes like disorderly conduct. McCaffery became so popular as the Eagles Court judge that a Hollywood production company thought he was a star in the making, flying him out to Hollywood and offering him $1.5 million to do a television show.
Miles Kennedy/Associated Press
4th and 26
Freddie Mitchell's reception on 4th and 26 against the Packers in the 2003 NFC Divisional Playoff is the longest fourth-down conversion in the NFL postseason since 1991. While the Eagles fell short in the NFC Championship Game to the Panthers, Mitchell rarely fell short with his words. The following year, in the week leading up to the Super Bowl, Mitchell provoked Patriots veteran safety Rodney Harrison, saying "he had something for him." That something turned out to be one catch for 11 yards.
Hall of Famers
Only seven players have laced 'em up for the Eagles in the last 45 years and gone on to receive induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and all had notable stints with other teams in their career. Reggie White was drafted by the Eagles in 1985, but is remembered by many for the six seasons spent with the Green Bay Packers. Similarly, Cris Carter was drafted by the Eagles in 1987, but will be remembered for his 12 seasons as a Minnesota Viking. The five others to enter the Hall include Art Monk, Mike Ditka, James Lofton, Bob Brown and Richard Dent.
Pro Football Hall of Fame/Associated Press
Only five times in NFL history has a quarterback thrown for seven touchdowns in a single game. This feat was first accomplished in 1943 by Sid Luckman of the Chicago Bears. Eleven years later, an Eagle by the name of Adrian Burk matched Luckman's single-game record as the Eagles torched the Redskins, 49-21, in Washington. Last season, Nick Foles only threw for six touchdowns in his seven starts. But there might be hope for the Eagles: Fourth-round pick Matt Barkley threw for six touchdowns in four different games during his career at Southern California.
Brian Garfinkel/Associated Press
Michael Vick's turnovers
While Michael Vick only played in 10 games last season, he still had more turnovers than the Redskins had all season (14). Over the course of his 10 games, Vick had more turnovers (15) than he did touchdowns (13). Even though the Eagles replaced Vick with Nick Foles, they still tied for the most turnovers in the NFL with 37. And while the Chiefs and Jets had just as many turnovers, no team in the NFL allowed more points off of turnovers (136) than the Eagles.
During his 14-year tenure in Philadelphia, Andy Reid joined an elite group of coaches to lead a team to at least 100 wins in a single decade. In the 1970s, Tom Landry led the Cowboys to 104 wins and Don Shula led the Dolphins to 103 wins. Bill Belichick won 112 games with the Patriots during the 2000s, while Reid totaled 103 wins with the Eagles. Despite his trip to Super Bowl XXXIX and four NFC title games, Andy Reid is the only head coach in that group to never win a Super Bowl.
More Photo Essays:
- A history of RB holdouts and statistical decline
- Mind-blowing stats for training camp
- Top 10 fantasy risks
- NFL rookies with most to gain in training camp
- New arrivals. Difference makers?
- Fantasy signs to look for in 2014
- NFL Head Coach Power Rankings
- Fantasy stock watch
- 14 for '14: Top small-school prospects