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1959 Philadelphia Eagles

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7-5-0, Finished 2nd in NFL East Division  · 1959 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -2.6, Offense: 0.4, Defense: -3.0, SoS: -1.8, avg is 0.0.

Scored 268 points (22.3/g), 4th of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 278 points (23.2/g), 9th.
 Differential of -10 points (-0.8/g), 8th.  Expected W-L: 5.7-6.3.

Coach: Buck Shaw (7-5-0)

Stadium: Franklin Field
 Training Camp: (Hershey, Pennsylvania)

Team Info

Majority Owner James P. Clark Led group of investors known as the "Happy Hundred"
General Manager Vince McNally
Defensive Alignment 4-3

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 268 3887 752 5.2 24 8 13 211 194 352 2572 17 16 7.1 120 391 1315 13 3.4 78
Team Defense 278 3938 747 5.3 40 20 16 220 144 292 1870 17 20 5.9 101 429 2068 15 4.8 103
Lg Rank Offense 4 5 3 2 5 3 2 4 4 2 10 12 6 12
Lg Rank Defense 9 9 2 2 10 5 4 7 5 5 8 11 7 11

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 27 boxscore L 0-1 @ San Francisco 49ers 14 24 15 278 174 104 18 291 121 170 2
2 Sun October 4 boxscore W 1-1 New York Giants 49 21 18 299 223 76 21 333 223 110 5
3 Sun October 11 boxscore W 2-1 Pittsburgh Steelers 28 24 18 281 172 109 2 15 269 203 66 2
4 Sun October 18 boxscore L 2-2 @ New York Giants 7 24 16 247 179 68 2 20 432 269 163 5
5 Sun October 25 boxscore W 3-2 @ Chicago Cardinals 28 24 22 399 231 168 2 14 313 150 163 6
6 Sun November 1 boxscore W 4-2 Washington Redskins 30 23 17 354 142 212 2 21 378 124 254 3
7 Sun November 8 boxscore L 4-3 @ Cleveland Browns 7 28 15 314 247 67 3 16 311 128 183
8 Sun November 15 boxscore W 5-3 Chicago Cardinals 27 17 18 377 218 159 4 11 181 52 129 7
9 Sun November 22 boxscore W 6-3 Los Angeles Rams 23 20 21 390 278 112 2 14 270 93 177 3
10 Sun November 29 boxscore L 6-4 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 0 31 9 225 196 29 4 24 393 165 228 2
11 Sun December 6 boxscore W 7-4 @ Washington Redskins 34 14 26 426 275 151 2 16 317 188 129 4
12 Sun December 13 boxscore L 7-5 Cleveland Browns 21 28 16 297 237 60 1 30 450 154 296 1

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
11 Norm Van Brocklin* 33 P/QB 12 12 7-5-0 191 340 56.2% 2617 16 4.7 14 4.1 71 7.7 6.8 13.7 218.1 79.5 0 0
33 Billy Ray Barnes* 24 LH 12 0 0 7 0.0% 0 0 0.0 2 28.6 0 0.0 -12.9 0.0 0.0 0 0
9 Sonny Jurgensen 25 12 0 3 5 60.0% 27 1 20.0 0 0.0 19 5.4 9.4 9.0 2.3 114.2 0 0
Team Total 26.1 12 7-5-0 194 352 55.1% 2644 17 4.8 16 4.5 71 7.5 6.4 13.6 220.3 76.5 0 0
Opp Total 12 144 292 49.3% 2074 17 5.8 20 6.8 7.1 5.18 14.4 172.8 63.6 26 204 5.9 4.1 8.2

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
33 Billy Ray Barnes* 24 LH 12 0 181 687 7 61 3.8 57.3 15.1 32 314 9.8 2 47 2.7 26.2 1001 9 7
26 Clarence Peaks 24 FB 12 0 124 451 3 34 3.6 37.6 10.3 28 209 7.5 0 23 2.3 17.4 660 3 7
30 Theron Sapp 24 12 0 41 145 1 17 3.5 12.1 3.4 6 47 7.8 0 13 0.5 3.9 192 1 0
43 Walt Kowalczyk 24 12 0 26 37 0 6 1.4 3.1 2.2 9 33 3.7 0 13 0.8 2.8 70 0 0
11 Norm Van Brocklin* 33 P/QB 12 12 11 13 2 12 1.2 1.1 0.9 13 2 4
25 Tommy McDonald* 25 KR/PR/RH 12 0 2 -10 0 -4 -5.0 -0.8 0.2 47 846 18.0 10 71 3.9 70.5 836 10 4
44 Pete Retzlaff 28 LE 10 0 2 -11 0 -5 -5.5 -1.1 0.2 34 595 17.5 1 45 3.4 59.5 584 1 1
83 Bobby Walston 31 12 0 2 8 0 7 4.0 0.7 0.2 16 279 17.4 3 40 1.3 23.3 287 3 1
32 Joe Pagliei 25 7 0 2 -5 0 1 -2.5 -0.7 0.3 2 9 4.5 0 11 0.3 1.3 4 0 0
36 Dick Bielski 27 RE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 15 264 17.6 1 57 1.3 22.0 264 1 0
80 Ken MacAfee 30 4 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 48 9.6 0 14 1.3 12.0 48 0 0
Team Total 26.1 12 391 1315 13 61 3.4 109.6 32.6 194 2644 13.6 17 71 16.2 220.3 3959 30 26
Opp Total 12 429 2068 15 4.8 172.3 35.8 144 1870 13.0 17 12.0 155.8 3938 32 28

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
25 Tommy McDonald* 25 KR/PR/RH 12 0 21 115 1 81 5.5 24 444 0 36 18.5 1395
87 Art Powell 22 RS 12 0 15 124 1 58 8.3 14 379 0 95 27.1 503
88 Jerry Wilson 23 RDE 12 0 2 4 0 4 2.0 4
74 Jerry DeLucca 23 LT 12 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
29 John Nocera 25 12 0 1 15 0 15 15.0 15
Team Total 26.1 12 36 239 2 81 6.6 42 842 0 95 20.0 5040
Opp Total 12 40 1491 1 37.3 37 819 0 22.1

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
11 Norm Van Brocklin* 33 P/QB 12 12 53 2263 59 1 42.7
83 Bobby Walston 31 12 0 1 0.0%% 34 33 97.1%%
45 Paige Cothren 24 K 7 0 18 8 44.4%% 1 1 100.0%%
36 Dick Bielski 27 RE 12 0 5 0.0%%
32 Joe Pagliei 25 7 0 1 45 45 0 45.0
Team Total 26.1 12 24 8 33.3%% 35 34 97.1%% 54 2308 59 1 42.7
Opp Total 12 20 9 45.0%% 36 35 97.2%% 48 1973 41.1

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
26 Clarence Peaks 24 FB 12 0 0 7 2 0 0
11 Norm Van Brocklin* 33 P/QB 12 12 0 4 5 0 0
33 Billy Ray Barnes* 24 LH 12 0 0 7 1 0 0
87 Art Powell 22 RS 12 0 3 17 0 17 0 0 2 2 0 0
40 Tom Brookshier* 28 RDH 12 0 3 13 0 8 0 0 0 3 0 0
21 Jimmy Carr 26 LDH 12 0 5 65 0 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
25 Tommy McDonald* 25 KR/PR/RH 12 0 0 4 2 0 0
53 Bob Pellegrini 25 LLB 12 0 3 42 0 39 0 0 0 2 0 0
78 Marion Campbell* 30 RDT 12 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
73 Ed Khayat 24 9 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 16 0
83 Bobby Walston 31 12 0 0 1 2 0 0
51 Chuck Weber 29 MLB 12 0 2 8 0 8 0 0 0 1 0 1
63 Tom Catlin 28 12 0 0 0 2 0 0
65 Jerry Huth 26 LG 10 0 0 0 2 3 1
27 Gene Johnson 24 LS 12 0 1 22 0 22 0 0 0 1 0 0
88 Jerry Wilson 23 RDE 12 0 0 0 2 0 0
60 Chuck Bednarik 34 C 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
36 Dick Bielski 27 RE 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
61 Tom Louderback 26 RLB 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
70 Don Owens 27 12 0 0 0 1 3 1
44 Pete Retzlaff 28 LE 10 0 0 1 0 0 0
22 Lee Riley 27 12 0 1 0 0 0 0
66 Joe Robb 22 LDE 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.1 12 20 167 0 39 0 0 26 38 22 3
Opp Total 12 9 28 8

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
25 Tommy McDonald* 25 KR/PR/RH 12 0 10 1 11 66
33 Billy Ray Barnes* 24 LH 12 0 7 2 9 54
83 Bobby Walston 31 12 0 3 3 33 51
45 Paige Cothren 24 K 7 0 1 8 25
26 Clarence Peaks 24 FB 12 0 3 3 18
11 Norm Van Brocklin* 33 P/QB 12 12 2 2 12
36 Dick Bielski 27 RE 12 0 1 1 6
65 Jerry Huth 26 LG 10 0 1 1 6
70 Don Owens 27 12 0 1 1 6
87 Art Powell 22 RS 12 0 1 1 6
44 Pete Retzlaff 28 LE 10 0 1 1 6
30 Theron Sapp 24 12 0 1 1 6
51 Chuck Weber 29 MLB 12 0 1 1 6
Team Total 26.1 12 13 17 2 3 35 34 8 268
Opp Total 12 15 17 1 2 35 9 278

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1959-09-27 @ SFO L, 14-24 4 6 pass Bobby Walston 6 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Bobby Walston kick)
2 1959-09-27 @ SFO L, 14-24 4 19 pass Dick Bielski 19 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Dick Bielski kick)
3 1959-10-04 NYG W, 49-21 1 33 pass Tommy McDonald 33 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Bobby Walston kick)
4 1959-10-04 NYG W, 49-21 2 55 pass Tommy McDonald 55 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Bobby Walston kick)
5 1959-10-04 NYG W, 49-21 2 81 punt Tommy McDonald 81 yard punt return (Bobby Walston kick)
6 1959-10-04 NYG W, 49-21 3 1 rush Norm Van Brocklin 1 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
7 1959-10-04 NYG W, 49-21 3 1 rush Theron Sapp 1 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
8 1959-10-04 NYG W, 49-21 3 fumble Chuck Weber yard fumble return (Bobby Walston kick)
9 1959-10-04 NYG W, 49-21 4 19 pass Tommy McDonald 19 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bobby Walston kick)
10 1959-10-11 PIT W, 28-24 1 3 rush Billy Ray Barnes 3 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
11 1959-10-11 PIT W, 28-24 2 58 punt Art Powell 58 yard punt return (Bobby Walston kick)
12 1959-10-11 PIT W, 28-24 3 1 rush Norm Van Brocklin 1 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
13 1959-10-11 PIT W, 28-24 4 18 pass Tommy McDonald 18 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Bobby Walston kick)
14 1959-10-18 @ NYG L, 7-24 1 1 rush Billy Ray Barnes 1 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
15 1959-10-25 @ CRD W, 28-24 3 1 rush Billy Ray Barnes 1 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
16 1959-10-25 @ CRD W, 28-24 3 29 pass Tommy McDonald 29 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Bobby Walston kick)
17 1959-10-25 @ CRD W, 28-24 3 2 rush Billy Ray Barnes 2 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
18 1959-10-25 @ CRD W, 28-24 4 22 pass Tommy McDonald 22 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Bobby Walston kick)
19 1959-11-01 WAS W, 30-23 1 61 rush Billy Ray Barnes 61 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
20 1959-11-01 WAS W, 30-23 2 2 rush Clarence Peaks 2 yard rush
21 1959-11-01 WAS W, 30-23 2 22 pass Bobby Walston 22 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Bobby Walston kick)
22 1959-11-01 WAS W, 30-23 2 3 pass Tommy McDonald 3 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Bobby Walston kick)
23 1959-11-08 @ CLE L, 7-28 4 4 pass Billy Ray Barnes 4 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Bobby Walston kick)
24 1959-11-15 CRD W, 27-17 2 40 pass Pete Retzlaff 40 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Bobby Walston kick)
25 1959-11-15 CRD W, 27-17 2 47 pass Billy Ray Barnes 47 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Bobby Walston kick)
26 1959-11-15 CRD W, 27-17 4 1 rush Clarence Peaks 1 yard rush (Paige Cothren kick)
27 1959-11-22 RAM W, 23-20 2 3 rush Clarence Peaks 3 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
28 1959-11-22 RAM W, 23-20 3 fumble Jerry Huth yard fumble return (Bobby Walston kick)
29 1959-12-06 @ WAS W, 34-14 2 35 pass Tommy McDonald 35 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Bobby Walston kick)
30 1959-12-06 @ WAS W, 34-14 2 6 pass Tommy McDonald 6 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Bobby Walston kick)
31 1959-12-06 @ WAS W, 34-14 4 50 pass Tommy McDonald 50 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Bobby Walston kick)
32 1959-12-06 @ WAS W, 34-14 4 1 rush Billy Ray Barnes 1 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
33 1959-12-13 CLE L, 21-28 2 27 rush Billy Ray Barnes 27 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
34 1959-12-13 CLE L, 21-28 2 3 fumble Don Owens 3 yard fumble return (Bobby Walston kick)
35 1959-12-13 CLE L, 21-28 2 18 pass Bobby Walston 18 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Bobby Walston kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1959-09-27 @ SFO W, 24-14 1 1 rush J.D. Smith 1 yard rush (Tommy Davis kick)
2 1959-09-27 @ SFO W, 24-14 2 5 rush Joe Perry 5 yard rush (Tommy Davis kick)
3 1959-09-27 @ SFO W, 24-14 3 10 pass R.C. Owens 10 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Tommy Davis kick)
4 1959-10-04 NYG L, 21-49 2 5 rush Frank Gifford 5 yard rush (Pat Summerall kick)
5 1959-10-04 NYG L, 21-49 4 1 rush Mel Triplett 1 yard rush (Pat Summerall kick)
6 1959-10-04 NYG L, 21-49 4 10 pass Kyle Rote 10 yard pass from George Shaw (Pat Summerall kick)
7 1959-10-11 PIT L, 24-28 1 10 rush Bobby Layne 10 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
8 1959-10-11 PIT L, 24-28 3 11 pass Tom Tracy 11 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Bobby Layne kick)
9 1959-10-11 PIT L, 24-28 4 17 pass Jimmy Orr 17 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Bobby Layne kick)
10 1959-10-18 @ NYG W, 24-7 1 70 interception Harland Svare 70 yard interception return (Pat Summerall kick)
11 1959-10-18 @ NYG W, 24-7 2 16 rush Alex Webster 16 yard rush (Pat Summerall kick)
12 1959-10-18 @ NYG W, 24-7 3 13 pass Bob Schnelker 13 yard pass from George Shaw (Pat Summerall kick)
13 1959-10-25 @ CRD L, 24-28 1 10 pass John David Crow 10 yard pass from John Roach (Bobby Joe Conrad kick)
14 1959-10-25 @ CRD L, 24-28 2 77 blocked field goal Jimmy Hill 77 yard blocked field goal return (Bobby Joe Conrad kick)
15 1959-10-25 @ CRD L, 24-28 3 37 interception Night Train Lane 37 yard interception return (Bobby Joe Conrad kick)
16 1959-11-01 WAS L, 23-30 2 41 rush Don Bosseler 41 yard rush
17 1959-11-01 WAS L, 23-30 4 1 rush Don Bosseler 1 yard rush (Sam Baker kick)
18 1959-11-01 WAS L, 23-30 4 8 pass Jim Podoley 8 yard pass from Eddie LeBaron (Sam Baker kick)
19 1959-11-08 @ CLE W, 28-7 1 20 rush Jim Brown 20 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
20 1959-11-08 @ CLE W, 28-7 2 1 rush Jim Brown 1 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
21 1959-11-08 @ CLE W, 28-7 2 4 pass Ray Renfro 4 yard pass from Milt Plum (Lou Groza kick)
22 1959-11-08 @ CLE W, 28-7 4 65 rush Bobby Mitchell 65 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
23 1959-11-15 CRD L, 17-27 1 31 pass Ken Hall 31 yard pass from King Hill (Bobby Joe Conrad kick)
24 1959-11-15 CRD L, 17-27 2 17 blocked punt Mal Hammack 17 yard blocked punt return (Bobby Joe Conrad kick)
25 1959-11-22 RAM L, 20-23 2 80 rush Jon Arnett 80 yard rush (Lou Michaels kick)
26 1959-11-22 RAM L, 20-23 4 26 pass Red Phillips 26 yard pass from Billy Wade (Lou Michaels kick)
27 1959-11-29 @ PIT W, 31-0 2 12 pass Buddy Dial 12 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Bobby Layne kick)
28 1959-11-29 @ PIT W, 31-0 3 19 pass Jimmy Orr 19 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Bobby Layne kick)
29 1959-11-29 @ PIT W, 31-0 4 23 pass Tom Tracy 23 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Bobby Layne kick)
30 1959-11-29 @ PIT W, 31-0 4 2 pass Gern Nagler 2 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Bobby Layne kick)
31 1959-12-06 @ WAS L, 14-34 3 4 pass Ken MacAfee 4 yard pass from Eddie LeBaron (Sam Baker kick)
32 1959-12-06 @ WAS L, 14-34 4 25 pass Bill Anderson 25 yard pass from Eddie LeBaron (Sam Baker kick)
33 1959-12-13 CLE W, 28-21 1 43 pass Preston Carpenter 43 yard pass from Milt Plum (Lou Groza kick)
34 1959-12-13 CLE W, 28-21 2 5 rush Bobby Mitchell 5 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
35 1959-12-13 CLE W, 28-21 4 1 rush Jim Brown 1 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
36 1959-12-13 CLE W, 28-21 4 4 rush Jim Brown 4 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)