1995 Philadelphia Eagles Season
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1995 Philadelphia Eagles Season

1995 Philadelphia Eagles season
OwnerJeffrey Lurie
Head coachRay Rhodes
Home fieldVeterans Stadium
Division place2nd NFC East
Playoff finishWon Wild Card Playoffs (vs. Lions) 58-37
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Cowboys) 11-30
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The 1995 Philadelphia Eagles season was their 63rd in the National Football League (NFL). The team improved upon their previous output of 7-9, going 10-6 under new head coach Ray Rhodes[1] and qualifying for the playoffs for the first time in three seasons.

It wasn't an auspicious start. Ricky Watters, signed as a free agent from the Super Bowl champion San Francisco, infamously came up short on a pass over the middle in the Eagles' season-opening 21-6 home loss to Tampa Bay. Following the contest, when asked why he didn't commit to catching the ball and taking a hit, he replied "For who? For what?"

Three weeks later, the Eagles were thumped by a 31-point margin against the Raiders in Oakland. However, the momentum swung in a positive direction after that, as Philly won four straight and seven of their next eight to get back in the playoff hunt.

On a frigid December 10 at the Vet against the Cowboys, the Eagles defense twice stopped Emmitt Smith on 4th-and-1 in Dallas territory late in the fourth quarter of a 17-17 tie. The change of possession resulted in the game-winning field goal from Gary Anderson. A win over Arizona the next week clinched a playoff berth, but a loss at Chicago in the season finale on Christmas Eve torpedoed any hopes of an NFC East crown.

The 1995 season also marked the debut year the team wore stitched up authentic name and numbers on jerseys, and the final year they donned their trademark Kelly green uniforms.

It was the final season with the Eagles for quarterback Randall Cunningham as he retired following the season before joining the Vikings for the 1997 season.


The Eagles' training camp was held for 16th and final year at West Chester University of Pennsylvania's John A. Farrell Stadium in West Chester, Pennsylvania. The camp was about 20 miles from their home stadium in south Philadelphia. In 1996 the Eagles would move to Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania about 50 miles away.

NFL draft

The 1995 NFL Draft was held April 22-23, 1995.[2] The league also held a supplemental draft after the regular draft and before the regular season.

With a 7-9 record in 1994, and tying with four other teams, the Eagles would rotate picking between the 8th pick to the 12th pick in the seven rounds. They would choose eight players in the five rounds they had picks. The Eagles would make a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, for draft picks to move from 12th to 7th on the 1st round. With their 1st pick in the draft, acquired from Tampa Bay, the Eagles chose Mike Mamula a defensive end out of Boston College.

The table shows the Eagles selections and what picks they had that were traded away and the team that ended up with that pick. It is possible the Eagles' pick ended up with this team via another team that the Eagles made a trade with. Not shown are acquired picks that the Eagles traded away.

1 7 Mike Mamula
Pick Acquired from Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Defensive End Boston College
1 12 Pick Traded to Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2 50 Bobby Taylor Defensive back Notre Dame
2 58 Barrett Brooks Tackle Kansas State
3 72 Greg Jefferson Defensive end Central Florida
3 78 Chris T. Jones Wide receiver Miami (FL)
4 119 Dave Barr Quarterback California
5 pick Made by Detroit Lions
6 Pick Made by Tampa Bay Buccaneers
7 210 Kevin Bouie
Pick Acquired from Jacksonville Jaguars
Running back Mississippi State
7 248 Howard Smothers Tackle Bethune-Cookman




Regular season


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance TV Time
1 September 3, 1995 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 21-6
FOX 1:00ET
2 September 10, 1995 at Arizona Cardinals W 31-19
TNT 8:00ET
3 September 17, 1995 San Diego Chargers L 27-21
NBC 1:00ET
4 September 24, 1995 at Oakland Raiders L 48-17
FOX 4:00ET
5 October 1, 1995 at New Orleans Saints W 15-10
FOX 1:00ET
6 October 8, 1995 Washington Redskins W 37-34
FOX 1:00ET
7 October 15, 1995 at New York Giants W 17-14
FOX 1:00ET
8 Bye
9 October 29, 1995 St. Louis Rams W 20-9
FOX 1:00ET
10 November 6, 1995 at Dallas Cowboys L 34-12
ABC 9:00ET
11 November 12, 1995 Denver Broncos W 31-13
12 November 19, 1995 New York Giants W 28-19
FOX 1:00ET
13 November 26, 1995 at Washington Redskins W 14-7
FOX 1:00ET
14 December 3, 1995 at Seattle Seahawks L 26-14
FOX 4:00ET
15 December 10, 1995 Dallas Cowboys W 20-17
FOX 1:00ET
16 December 17, 1995 Arizona Cardinals W 21-20
FOX 1:00ET
17 December 24, 1995 at Chicago Bears L 20-14
FOX 1:00ET

Game summaries

Week 15

1 234Total
Cowboys 7 1000 17
• Eagles 3 386 20


NFL Network selected this game as the #5 Moment at Home in Eagles' history.

Known in Philadelphia as the "Groundhog Day" game. Philadelphia radio announcer Merrill Reece exclaimed when the Cowboys didn't make a first down on their second attempt at 4th and 1; "They give it to Smith and they stop him again! They stop him again! And this time they can't take it away from the Eagles!"


NFC East
(1) Dallas Cowboys 12 4 0 .750 435 291 W2
(4) Philadelphia Eagles 10 6 0 .625 318 338 L1
Washington Redskins 6 10 0 .375 326 359 W2
New York Giants 5 11 0 .313 290 340 L2
Arizona Cardinals 4 12 0 .250 275 422 L4


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance TV Time
Wild Card December 30, 1995 Detroit Lions W 58-37
ABC 4:00pm EST
Divisional January 7, 1996 at Dallas Cowboys L 30-11
FOX 12:30pm EST


  1. ^ 1995 Philadelphia Eagles
  2. ^ "Pro Football Draft History: 1995". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on September 5, 2009. Retrieved 2008.
  3. ^ Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro-Bowl at any time in their career.
  4. ^ Mulligan, Kevin (May 16, 1995). "Ackles gets power position with Birds". Philadelphia Daily News. Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Jul-07.

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