PHILADELPHIA (AP) — From Chuck Bednarik's vicious hit on Frank Gifford at Yankee Stadium to Herman Edwards and DeSean Jackson making two Miracles at the Meadowlands, the Philadelphia Eagles have enjoyed some of their greatest moments on the road against the New York Giants.
Welcome to the rivalry, Chip Kelly.
The Eagles coach certainly doesn't need a refresher course before Sunday's game between the two struggling teams. He knows Philadelphia (1-3) and New York (0-4) go back a long way.
"There's a lot of history," Kelly said. "Obviously, when you play in games like this, it's the closest opponent. They are right up the road, so you're very aware of it and the battles that have gone on in this division. You understand it, especially recently with the Giants' success and the Eagles had so much success in the 2000s.
"We are very aware of what the battle between New York and Philadelphia is like."
There's plenty more riding on this matchup than simply bragging rights. Both teams are desperate to turn their season around. Another loss for the Giants could signal the beginning of the end of an era for Tom Coughlin's team, which has won the Super Bowls since he took over in 2004.
Meanwhile, the Eagles are trying to accelerate their rebuilding process under Kelly, and hope to take advantage of a weak division. The first-place Dallas Cowboys are only 2-2, so there's no runaway team in the NFC East.
"It's a division game and it's a must-win game for both teams," running back LeSean McCoy said. "They have a ton of really good players over there. The 0-4 record isn't really what I see on tape. When you look at their offense, they're explosive also. We both have the mindset that we need to win."
The Eagles had their way recently against the Giants, winning 10 of the last 12 meetings while Andy Reid was the coach. But New York's 42-7 victory in last year's season finale was Reid's last game. He was fired a day later, and Kelly took over, bringing with him his fast-paced offense.
Following an impressive win at Washington in Kelly's debut, the Eagles have lost three in a row to AFC West opponents. But a win over the Giants coupled with Dallas losing to Denver would put Philadelphia atop the standings after five weeks.