A Statistical Comparison Between the Last Two Eagles-Titans Matchups: 2006 and 2010
The last two times the Eagles have played the Tennessee Titans have been so unbelievably similar that a comparison needs to be done. Remember that the Eagles only play the Titans every four years, meaning we’ll have a comparison between the 2006 game and the 2010 game.
- In 2006, the Eagles lost to the Tennessee Titans 31-13. In 2010, the Eagles lost to the Tennessee Titans 37-19. Both losses came by exactly 18 points. During the four years in between, the Eagles did not lose a single game by exactly 18 points.
- In 2006, the Eagles trailed by 11 points, 24-13, before Tennessee added a defensive touchdown in the final minute to make the game appear to be more of a blowout. In 2010, the Eagles trailed by 11 points, 30-19, before the Titans added a defensive touchdown to make the game appear to be more of a blowout.
- In 2006, the Eagles played the Indianapolis Colts the game after their loss to the Titans. In 2010, the Eagles will play the Indianapolis Colts the game after their loss to the Titans.
- In 2006, the Eagles started a different quarterback the week after the Titans’ game, as Jeff Garcia started the following week against the Colts. Donovan McNabb suffered a torn ACL against the Titans. In 2010, the Eagles will start a different quarterback the week after the Titans’ game. Michael Vick, fully recovered from his rib cartilage injury, will start against the Colts, and Kevin Kolb will return to the bench.
- Both quarterbacks completed 26 of 48 passes against the Titans. In 2006, Jeff Garcia completed 26 of 48 passes for 189 yards and a touchdown. In 2010, Kevin Kolb completed 26 of 48 passes for 231 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions. Garcia and Kolb are the only two quarterbacks in NFL history to complete 26 of 48 passes for one touchdown while averaging under five yards per attempt in a game.
- Both games featured a completely unexpected player torching the Eagles’ defense. In 2006, Travis Henry rushed for 143 yards on 18 carries, including a huge 70-yard touchdown that completely changed the momentum of the game. In 2010, Kenny Britt caught seven passes for 225 yards and three touchdowns, including a huge 80-yard touchdown that completely changed the momentum of the game.
- And in both games, the Eagles dominated the time of possession, but committed a ton of penalties and turnovers. In 2006, the Eagles held the ball for 36:22, but committed eight penalties and turned the ball over three times. In 2010, the Eagles held the ball for 33:24, but committed 10 penalties and turned the ball over four times.
- The final result of both games was the same: a brutal, ugly, embarrassing loss that left the remainder of the season completely in doubt for Eagles’ fans.