Inside one unique Philadelphia Eagles Thanksgiving Day history

Mark Sanchez, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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November 27th, 2014: Philadelphia Eagles 33 Dallas Cowboys 10

It’s easy to forget just how good the Eagles were in Chip Kelly’s first two seasons. After losing in the Wild Card round to Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints in 2013, the Eagles found themselves at 7-2 in 2014, with the Nick Foles-led offense still humming. Foles would eventually break his collarbone, paving the way for Mark Sanchez to take over.

The Eagles entered the game at 8-3 with the Cowboys 7-4. The NFC East was still very much up for grabs. Sanchez played well, going 20-29 for 217 yards and a touchdown while rushing for another. It was running back LeSean McCoy who put on a show for the country though, rushing 25 times for 159 yards and a touchdown. Cody Parkey of future ‘Double Doink’ fame would add on four field goals as well to give the Eagles first place in the NFC East and put their record to 9-3.

After this game, however, the wheels would fall off. The Eagles would drop their next three games and win a meaningless week 17 tilt with the New York Giants, going 10-6 and ultimately missing the playoffs altogether.