Philadelphia’s all-time record versus the Pittsburgh Steelers is better than you might think.
The Battle of the Keystone state doesn’t occur very often. Typically, unless the Birds and Pittsburgh Steelers reach the Super Bowl in the same season (which has never happened), they’ll meet once every four seasons. Fans of these proud franchises get a bonus this year however as the NFL’s decision to add a 17th game allows for a Steelers visit to the Linc in 2022.
Believe it or not, despite all of those great Steelers teams that we can point to, the Birds lead the all-time series by a 48-29-3 margin. Yes, you’ve read that correctly! The Eagles have played the Steelers 80 times, thanks, in part to being in the same division and meeting twice annually prior to the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. Most importantly, the Birds have owned their cross-state ‘rivals’.
Since 1969, Philly has come out on the winning end in nine of their 15 games versus the boys from the Steel City. The last five games have been a mixed bag, and Pittsburgh owns three wins over that stretch.
Philly’s last win versus the Steelers came on September 25th of 2016, a 34-3 blowout at the dawn of Carson Wentz‘s career. Wentz threw for 301 yards and two touchdowns in that one, and the Eagles’ defense stifled Pittsburgh’s O by piling up four sacks while picking off one pass and recovering a forced fumble.
If the Eagles want to get back on the winning side of this series, their defense has to stifle the Steelers’ offense as they did in 2016 because Jalen Hurts is going to need all the help he can get versus a defense that gets to the quarterback often.