Cardinals and curse of beating the Eagles

February, 6, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Ken from Los Angeles, a Cardinals fan and periodic contributor here, stumbled across a note while digging through Pro Football Reference.

He writes: "Every NFC team that has beaten the Eagles in the playoffs since 2000 has finished the following season with a record of 7-9."

  • 2006: Saints beat the Eagles in the playoffs and went 7-9 the next year.
  • 2003: Panthers beat the Eagles in the playoffs and went 7-9 the next year.
  • 2002: Bucs beat the Eagles in the playoffs and went 7-9 the next year.
  • 2001: Rams beat the Eagles in the playoffs and went 7-9 the next year.
  • 2000: Giants beat the Eagles in the playoffs and went 7-9 the next year.

We shouldn't necessarily predict a 7-9 record for the Cardinals in 2009 even though they are the most recent NFC team to beat the Eagles in the postseason.

The last NFC West team (before the 2001 Rams) to beat the Eagles in the playoffs fared much better than 7-9 the following season. After the 1996 49ers scored a 14-0 playoff victory over Philadelphia, the 1997 team posted a 13-3 record despite losing Jerry Rice to a serious knee injury.

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