In November of 1978, the Philadelphia Eagles were on the right side of one of the NFL’s most memorable collapses. There was 31 seconds left on the clock. The Eagles had no time outs, and the New York Giants had the ball and the lead (17-12). Surprising everyone, the Giants called a running play. However, the exchange from quarterback to running back was fumbled. Eagles defensive back Herman Edwards scooped up the loose ball and ran it into the end zone for a game-winning touchdown. The Eagles won 19-17 and due to them playing until the very end, football teams at every level began to practice the "victory formation" and the quarterback kneel.
The Eagles were founded in 1933 and won three NFL Championships in the pre-Super Bowl era. From 2001 through 2004, the Eagles appeared in four consecutive NFC Championship Games. They lost the first three before breaking through and reaching the Super Bowl. Unfortunately for them and their fans, the Eagles were unsuccessful in Super Bowl XXXIX, losing to the New England Patriots, 24-21. The Eagles are aligned in the NFC East with rivals the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, and Washington Redskins. Their home stadium is Lincoln Financial Field. Some of the great Eagles over the years include Chuck Bednarik, Donovan McNabb, Reggie White, Steve Van Buren, Earle "Greasy" Neale, Sonny Jurgensen, and Norm Van Brocklin.