The Eagles set a franchise record Sunday with their ninth consecutive home loss. The Eagles haven't won at home in 385 days. (AP)
It never happened at the Vet. It never happened at Franklin Field. It never happened at the Baker Bowl, Municipal Stadium or Shibe Park.
Nine straight home losses.
It never happened anywhere.
The 2013 Eagles -- with significant assistance from the 2012 Eagles -- are now owners of the longest home losing streak in franchise history.
The Eagles lost their ninth straight game at the Linc Sunday, a desultory 17-3 loss to the Cowboys (see Instant Replay).
There have been only 15 longer home losing streaks in NFL history, and the Eagles are now within five home losses of the record of 14, shared by the 1988 and 1989 Cowboys and 2008 through 2010 Rams.
“Sorry,” center Jason Kelce said. “That’s the only thing I can say. The product we’re putting out on the field isn’t good enough for the fans in this city. Packed house, packed every single time. … It’s embarrassing that we can’t win at home.
“For the amount of effort we put in as a football team and the amount of effort the fans put in, this shouldn’t be what’s going on right now. It’s just frustrating. Really frustrating.”
This hasn’t come out of nowhere.
Since the start of the 2011 season, the Eagles are an NFL-worst 5-14 at home, and they haven’t had a winning season at the Linc since 2009.
They were 3-5 at home in 2011, then 2-6 last year and 0-3 this year. They need to go at least 4-1 at the Linc the rest of the season to avoid a third straight home losing record for the first time since 1969 through 1971.
“It’s tough, it’s tough,” DeMeco Ryans said. “Our fans are still behind us, but we know we’re not getting it done at home right now, and it’s disappointing not to win games at home when you have the home-field advantage.
“We have to do a better job of winning the games at home, taking advantage of our home crowd, really making it tough on opposing teams.”
The Eagles’ nine straight home losses have come by an average of 10½ points.
Until this streak, the Eagles hadn’t lost more than four straight home games since a five-game streak spanning 1994 and 1995 and the tenures of head coaches Rich Kotite and Ray Rhodes.
“The only thing I can say to the fans who keep coming back game after game, year after year, all I can say is sorry, but even that’s not going to be good enough,” Kelce said.
“They spend a lot of their hard-earned money, their hard-earned time, on this organization, and it’s just frustrating. Very frustrating.”
The Eagles’ next opportunity to end their franchise-record home losing streak comes Sunday against the winless Giants, who the Eagles just beat at the Meadowlands two weeks ago.
A loss would give the Eagles a 10-game home losing streak, which has been done only 15 times in NFL history.
Asked if he feels bad for the fans who have endured 385 consecutive days without a win in South Philly, cornerback Cary Williams said: “I feel for my team a little bit more, especially knowing what type of work we put in each and every week, preparing and making sure we’re ready from a mental standpoint and a physical standpoint.
“It’s disappointing, but it’s a long season, and hopefully we can right the ship.
“The talent level is so slim in the NFL. I think everybody knows that. Everybody’s good. It’s a different challenge every week, we just need to execute when we get the opportunity, and we just haven’t done that when we’ve had the opportunity at home.”