From the 2001-2004, the Philadelphia Eagles won four straight NFC East titles and made four straight NFC Conference Championship appearances. January 23, 2005 will always be remembered as the day the Eagles ended their streak of losing three straight NFC Championship games by defeating Michael Vick and the Atlanta Falcons 24-10.
Despite losing to the New England Patriots 24-21 in Super Bowl XXXIX, that season will always be one for the memory books for the Eagles and their fans. After making NFL history (not the type teams want to be remembered for) by losing three straight NFC Championship games, with two straight at home, the team and their fans finally experienced the feeling of winning a conference title and a Super Bowl appearance.
In those four straight years the Eagles appeared in the NFC Conference Championships, they had little trouble when it came to playing teams within the NFC East.
- In 2001, they finished 5-1 within the division and finished three games in front of the Redskins
- In 2002, they finished 5-1 within the division and finished two games ahead of the Giants
- In 2003, they finished 5-1 within the division and finished two games ahead of the Cowboys
- In 2004, they finished 6-0 within the division and finished seven games ahead of all three teams
The 2005 season was a season to forget as the Eagles failed to win their fifth straight division title. Donovan McNabb’s season ended early because of a sports hernia and thumb injury. The Terrell Owens controversy took a turn for the worst as he was suspended four games before being deactivated for the remainder of the season. The team finished with a 6-10 record and became the first team in history to finish 0-6 in their division a season after going 6-0.
The city of Philadelphia was experiencing a feeling they hadn’t felt in nearly five years. A division that had been there’s to claim for so many years was becoming one of the most competitive divisions in football. Eli Manning was emerging as a young star as he led the Giants to their first division title since 2000. Clinton Portis continued to soar in his second season with the Redskins. All of a sudden, the NFC East was emerging as one of the toughest divisions in football.
In 2006, the Eagles bounced back from their horrendous 2005 season by claiming their fifth NFC East title in six years. The season may have ended early after a Divisional Round playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints. From a fan’s perspective, the way the Eagles won the division title that year will always be one for the memory books.
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