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1996 Philadelphia Eagles season

1996 Philadelphia Eagles season
Head coach Ray Rhodes
Owner Jeffrey Lurie
Home field Veterans Stadium
Record 10–6
Division place 2nd NFC East
Playoff finish Lost Wild Card
Previous season      Next season
< 1995      1997 >

The 1996 Philadelphia Eagles season was their 64th in the league. The team matched their previous output of 10–6, and qualifying for the playoffs.

For the second time in three seasons, the Birds were 7-2 at the nine-game mark, thanks to a thrilling win November 3 on the road against Dallas. The capper to that contest was a combined 104-yard interception return between James Willis and Troy Vincent in the final moments which turned a potential game-winning drive by the Cowboys into a Philadelphia victory.

As in 1994 under Rich Kotite, the Eagles wilted. This time, four losses in five games, including an embarrassing 27-point setback on national TV at Indianapolis, had the club scrambling in the playoff picture. However, wins against the lowly Jets and Cardinals managed to right the ship, and a wild-card berth was the reward.

Off Season

The Eagles hold training camp for the 1st year at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, home of the Lehigh Mountain Hawks. This is one of the home of THE RIVALRY, the oldest, continuous, meeting between 2 colleges in football.

The Eagles signed college free agent Hollis Thomas a Defensive Tackle out of Northern Illinois

NFL Draft

The 1996 NFL Draft was held April 20–21, 1996. No teams elected to claim any players in the supplemental draft that year.

With a 10–6 record in 1995, and tying with 2 other teams, the Eagles would rotate picking between the 23rd pick to the 25th pick in the 7 rounds. They would choose 8 players in the 6 rounds they had picks. The Eagles would take with their 1st pick in the draft, Jermane Mayberry a Tackle out of Texas A&M-Kingsville

Overall 1st pick of the draft was Keyshawn Johnson, a Wide Receiver out of USC taken by the New York Jets

Player Selections

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.

= Pro Bowler [1] = Hall of Famer
1 25 Jermane Mayberry Tackle Texas A&M-Kingsville
2 54 Jason Dunn Tight End Eastern Kentucky
2 61 Brian Dawkins
Compensation Draft Pick
Free Safety Clemson
3 85 Bobby Hoying Quarterback Ohio State
4 121 Ray Farmer Defensive back Duke
5 147 Whit Marshall Linebacker Georgia
6 194 Steve White Defensive end Tennessee
6 197 Tony Johnson Tight end Alabama
7 233 Pick Traded

Regular season


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 1, 1996 at Washington Redskins W 17–14
2 September 9, 1996 at Green Bay Packers L 39–13
3 September 15, 1996 Detroit Lions W 24–17
4 September 22, 1996 at Atlanta Falcons W 33–18
5 September 30, 1996 Dallas Cowboys L 23–19
6 Bye
7 October 13, 1996 at New York Giants W 19–10
8 October 20, 1996 Miami Dolphins W 35–28
9 October 27, 1996 Carolina Panthers W 20–9
10 November 3, 1996 at Dallas Cowboys W 31–21
11 November 10, 1996 Buffalo Bills L 24–17
12 November 17, 1996 Washington Redskins L 26–21
13 November 24, 1996 at Arizona Cardinals L 36–30
14 December 1, 1996 New York Giants W 24–0
15 December 5, 1996 at Indianapolis Colts L 37–10
16 December 14, 1996 at New York Jets W 21–20
17 December 22, 1996 Arizona Cardinals W 29–19


NFC East
Dallas Cowboys 10 6 0 .625 286 250
Philadelphia Eagles 10 6 0 .625 363 341
Washington Redskins 9 7 0 .563 364 312
Arizona Cardinals 7 9 0 .438 300 397
New York Giants 6 10 0 .375 242 297


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Wild Card December 29, 1996 at San Francisco 49ers L 14–0


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