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1961 Philadelphia Eagles

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10-4-0, Finished 2nd in NFL East Division  · 1961 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 1.9, Offense: 3.8, Defense: -1.8, SoS: -2.6, avg is 0.0.

Scored 361 points (25.8/g), 3rd of 14 in the NFL. Allowed 297 points (21.2/g), 8th.
 Differential of 64 points (4.6/g), 4th.  Expected W-L: 8.6-5.4.

Coach: Nick Skorich (10-4-0)

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 361 5112 829 6.2 40 14 16 252 241 429 3605 34 26 7.9 158 373 1507 10 4.0 78
Team Defense 297 4927 890 5.5 33 16 6 267 224 383 2920 23 17 7.0 145 474 2007 12 4.2 116
Lg Rank Offense 3 1 6 5 5 2 1 1 9 1 13 12 10 10
Lg Rank Defense 8 13 12 8 12 7 12 12 13 12 11 11 6 10

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 17 boxscore W 1-0 Cleveland Browns 27 20 15 305 158 147 1 20 432 329 103 4
2 Sun September 24 boxscore W 2-0 Washington Redskins 14 7 11 260 196 64 3 15 325 219 106 3
3 Sun October 1 boxscore L 2-1 St. Louis Cardinals 27 30 20 451 371 80 3 19 368 145 223 3
4 Sun October 8 boxscore W 3-1 Pittsburgh Steelers 21 16 14 227 103 124 5 19 281 140 141 1
5 Sun October 15 boxscore W 4-1 @ St. Louis Cardinals 20 7 14 269 212 57 1 14 200 121 79 2
6 Sun October 22 boxscore W 5-1 @ Dallas Cowboys 43 7 23 480 191 289 26 346 169 177 2
7 Sun October 29 boxscore W 6-1 @ Washington Redskins 27 24 19 401 413 -12 4 17 335 258 77 2
8 Sun November 5 boxscore W 7-1 Chicago Bears 16 14 19 342 237 105 3 9 215 89 126
9 Sun November 12 boxscore L 7-2 @ New York Giants 21 38 23 372 240 132 5 22 434 270 164 1
10 Sun November 19 boxscore L 7-3 @ Cleveland Browns 24 45 19 327 230 97 2 30 505 246 259
11 Sun November 26 boxscore W 8-3 Dallas Cowboys 35 13 20 454 337 117 4 21 358 240 118 3
12 Sun December 3 boxscore W 9-3 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 35 24 12 284 192 92 3 20 361 200 161 7
13 Sun December 10 boxscore L 9-4 New York Giants 24 28 16 455 331 124 4 17 371 228 143 3
14 Sun December 17 boxscore W 10-4 @ Detroit Lions 27 24 27 485 394 91 2 18 396 266 130 2

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
9 Sonny Jurgensen*+ 27 QB 14 14 10-4-0 235 416 56.5% 3723 32 7.7 24 5.8 69 8.9 7.9 15.8 265.9 88.1 3 3
10 King Hill 25 P 14 0 6 12 50.0% 101 2 16.7 2 16.7 23 8.4 4.3 16.8 7.2 78.8
26 Clarence Peaks 26 FB 13 0 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6
Team Total 27.5 14 10-4-0 241 429 56.2% 3824 34 7.9 26 6.1 69 8.9 7.8 15.9 273.1 87.2 3 3
Opp Total 14 224 383 58.5% 3183 23 6.0 17 4.4 8.3 7.51 14.2 227.4 87.0 33 263 7.0 6.3 7.9

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
26 Clarence Peaks 26 FB 13 0 135 471 5 33 3.5 36.2 10.4 32 472 14.8 0 48 2.5 36.3 943 5 2
33 Billy Ray Barnes 26 HB 12 0 92 309 1 43 3.4 25.8 7.7 15 194 12.9 3 59 1.3 16.2 503 4 4
35 Ted Dean* 23 PR 14 0 66 321 2 44 4.9 22.9 4.7 21 335 16.0 1 60 1.5 23.9 656 3 6
22 Timmy Brown 24 KR 13 0 50 338 1 47 6.8 26.0 3.8 14 264 18.9 2 65 1.1 20.3 602 3 4
9 Sonny Jurgensen*+ 27 QB 14 14 20 27 0 14 1.4 1.9 1.4 27 0 6
30 Theron Sapp 26 14 0 7 24 1 8 3.4 1.7 0.5 3 10 3.3 0 8 0.2 0.7 34 1 1
10 King Hill 25 P 14 0 2 9 0 7 4.5 0.6 0.1 9 0 0
44 Pete Retzlaff 30 SE 14 0 1 8 0 8 8.0 0.6 0.1 50 769 15.4 8 61 3.6 54.9 777 8 0
25 Tommy McDonald* 27 FL 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 64 1144 17.9 13 66 4.6 81.7 1144 13 1
83 Bobby Walston* 33 K/TE 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 34 569 16.7 2 68 2.4 40.6 569 2 0
87 Dick Lucas 27 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 8 67 8.4 5 18 0.6 4.8 67 5 0
Team Total 27.5 14 373 1507 10 47 4.0 107.6 26.6 241 3824 15.9 34 68 17.2 273.1 5331 44 25
Opp Total 14 474 2007 12 4.2 143.4 33.9 224 2920 13.0 23 16.0 208.6 4927 35 27

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
35 Ted Dean* 23 PR 14 0 18 140 0 28 7.8 21 462 0 34 22.0 1258
22 Timmy Brown 24 KR 13 0 8 125 1 66 15.6 29 811 1 105 28.0 1538
27 Irv Cross 22 13 0 7 77 0 21 11.0 1 11 0 11 11.0 88
26 Clarence Peaks 26 FB 13 0 2 29 0 17 14.5 972
55 Maxie Baughan* 23 RLB 14 14 1 11 0 11 11.0 11
Team Total 27.5 14 34 353 1 66 10.4 53 1313 1 105 24.8 6997
Opp Total 14 31 235 1 7.6 58 1224 1 21.1

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
83 Bobby Walston* 33 K/TE 14 0 25 14 56.0%% 46 43 93.5%%
10 King Hill 25 P 14 0 55 2403 64 0 43.7
Team Total 27.5 14 25 14 56.0%% 46 43 93.5%% 55 2403 64 0 43.7
Opp Total 14 24 11 45.8%% 38 36 94.7%% 64 2675 41.8

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
9 Sonny Jurgensen*+ 27 QB 14 14 0 6 2 0 0
22 Timmy Brown 24 KR 13 0 0 4 3 0 0
45 Don Burroughs 30 LS 13 0 7 90 0 42 0
35 Ted Dean* 23 PR 14 0 0 6 1 0 0
33 Billy Ray Barnes 26 HB 12 0 0 4 2 0 0
27 Irv Cross 22 13 0 2 36 0 36 0 0 0 2 3 0
40 Tom Brookshier 30 RCB 7 0 2 20 0 20 0 0 0 1 0 0
21 Jimmy Carr 28 LCB 13 0 2 20 0 20 0 0 0 1 5 0
73 Ed Khayat 26 RDT 14 12 0 0 3 0 0
26 Clarence Peaks 26 FB 13 0 0 2 1 0 0
55 Maxie Baughan* 23 RLB 14 14 1 22 0 22 0 0 0 1 0 0
60 Chuck Bednarik 36 C 14 0 2 33 0 33 0
29 John Nocera 27 LLB 12 0 0 1 1 0 0
67 Stan Campbell 31 RG 13 0 0 0 1 0 0
41 Bobby Freeman 29 RS 14 0 0 0 1 2 0
79 Gene Gossage 26 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
74 Riley Gunnels 24 dt 14 2 0 0 1 0 0
75 Jim McCusker 25 LT 13 0 0 0 1 0 0
25 Tommy McDonald* 27 FL 14 0 0 1 0 0 0
66 Will Renfro 29 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
72 Jess Richardson 31 LDT 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
30 Theron Sapp 26 14 0 0 1 0 0 0
84 Leo Sugar 32 LDE 14 0 0 0 1 13 0
51 Chuck Weber 31 MLB 14 0 1 15 0 15 0
62 John Wittenborn 25 LG 13 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 27.5 14 17 239 0 42 0 0 25 27 23 0
Opp Total 14 27 27 11

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
83 Bobby Walston* 33 K/TE 14 0 2 2 43 14 97
25 Tommy McDonald* 27 FL 14 0 13 13 78
44 Pete Retzlaff 30 SE 14 0 8 8 48
22 Timmy Brown 24 KR 13 0 1 2 1 1 5 30
87 Dick Lucas 27 14 0 5 5 30
26 Clarence Peaks 26 FB 13 0 5 5 30
33 Billy Ray Barnes 26 HB 12 0 1 3 4 24
35 Ted Dean* 23 PR 14 0 2 1 3 18
30 Theron Sapp 26 14 0 1 1 6
Team Total 27.5 14 10 34 1 1 46 43 14 361
Opp Total 14 12 23 1 1 1 36 11 297

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1961-09-17 CLE W, 27-20 1 105 kickoff Timmy Brown 105 yard kickoff return (Bobby Walston kick)
2 1961-09-17 CLE W, 27-20 2 18 pass Bobby Walston 18 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bobby Walston kick)
3 1961-09-17 CLE W, 27-20 3 6 pass Tommy McDonald 6 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bobby Walston kick)
4 1961-09-24 WAS W, 14-7 3 52 pass Pete Retzlaff 52 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bobby Walston kick)
5 1961-09-24 WAS W, 14-7 3 23 pass Tommy McDonald 23 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bobby Walston kick)
6 1961-10-01 STL L, 27-30 1 3 pass Billy Ray Barnes 3 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bobby Walston kick)
7 1961-10-01 STL L, 27-30 1 3 pass Dick Lucas 3 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bobby Walston kick)
8 1961-10-01 STL L, 27-30 3 2 pass Billy Ray Barnes 2 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bobby Walston kick)
9 1961-10-08 PIT W, 21-16 2 17 pass Pete Retzlaff 17 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bobby Walston kick)
10 1961-10-08 PIT W, 21-16 3 1 rush Clarence Peaks 1 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
11 1961-10-08 PIT W, 21-16 4 2 pass Pete Retzlaff 2 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bobby Walston kick)
12 1961-10-15 @ STL W, 20-7 1 59 pass Billy Ray Barnes 59 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bobby Walston kick)
13 1961-10-15 @ STL W, 20-7 3 14 pass Tommy McDonald 14 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bobby Walston kick)
14 1961-10-22 @ DAL W, 43-7 1 5 rush Billy Ray Barnes 5 yard rush
15 1961-10-22 @ DAL W, 43-7 2 1 rush Clarence Peaks 1 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
16 1961-10-22 @ DAL W, 43-7 3 8 rush Clarence Peaks 8 yard rush
17 1961-10-22 @ DAL W, 43-7 3 2 rush Ted Dean 2 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
18 1961-10-22 @ DAL W, 43-7 3 14 pass Tommy McDonald 14 yard pass from King Hill (Bobby Walston kick)
19 1961-10-22 @ DAL W, 43-7 4 1 rush Theron Sapp 1 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
20 1961-10-29 @ WAS W, 27-24 1 44 pass Pete Retzlaff 44 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bobby Walston kick)
21 1961-10-29 @ WAS W, 27-24 2 11 pass Pete Retzlaff 11 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bobby Walston kick)
22 1961-10-29 @ WAS W, 27-24 4 41 pass Tommy McDonald 41 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bobby Walston kick)
23 1961-11-05 CHI W, 16-14 2 55 pass Tommy McDonald 55 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bobby Walston kick)
24 1961-11-05 CHI W, 16-14 3 3 rush Clarence Peaks 3 yard rush
25 1961-11-12 @ NYG L, 21-38 2 2 pass Dick Lucas 2 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bobby Walston kick)
26 1961-11-12 @ NYG L, 21-38 4 4 pass Dick Lucas 4 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bobby Walston kick)
27 1961-11-12 @ NYG L, 21-38 4 16 pass Timmy Brown 16 yard pass from King Hill (Bobby Walston kick)
28 1961-11-19 @ CLE L, 24-45 2 2 rush Ted Dean 2 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
29 1961-11-19 @ CLE L, 24-45 4 6 pass Tommy McDonald 6 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bobby Walston kick)
30 1961-11-19 @ CLE L, 24-45 4 39 pass Timmy Brown 39 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bobby Walston kick)
31 1961-11-26 DAL W, 35-13 1 60 pass Ted Dean 60 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bobby Walston kick)
32 1961-11-26 DAL W, 35-13 1 40 pass Pete Retzlaff 40 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bobby Walston kick)
33 1961-11-26 DAL W, 35-13 2 46 pass Tommy McDonald 46 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bobby Walston kick)
34 1961-11-26 DAL W, 35-13 2 40 pass Tommy McDonald 40 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bobby Walston kick)
35 1961-11-26 DAL W, 35-13 3 27 pass Tommy McDonald 27 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bobby Walston kick)
36 1961-12-03 @ PIT W, 35-24 1 17 pass Bobby Walston 17 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bobby Walston kick)
37 1961-12-03 @ PIT W, 35-24 1 1 rush Clarence Peaks 1 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
38 1961-12-03 @ PIT W, 35-24 2 7 pass Dick Lucas 7 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bobby Walston kick)
39 1961-12-03 @ PIT W, 35-24 3 66 punt Timmy Brown 66 yard punt return (Bobby Walston kick)
40 1961-12-03 @ PIT W, 35-24 4 42 rush Timmy Brown 42 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
41 1961-12-10 NYG L, 24-28 1 52 pass Tommy McDonald 52 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bobby Walston kick)
42 1961-12-10 NYG L, 24-28 4 30 pass Tommy McDonald 30 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bobby Walston kick)
43 1961-12-10 NYG L, 24-28 4 61 pass Pete Retzlaff 61 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bobby Walston kick)
44 1961-12-17 @ DET W, 27-24 2 1 pass Tommy McDonald 1 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bobby Walston kick)
45 1961-12-17 @ DET W, 27-24 3 11 pass Pete Retzlaff 11 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bobby Walston kick)
46 1961-12-17 @ DET W, 27-24 4 16 pass Dick Lucas 16 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bobby Walston kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1961-09-17 CLE L, 20-27 1 60 pass Charley Ferguson 60 yard pass from Milt Plum (Lou Groza kick)
2 1961-09-17 CLE L, 20-27 4 12 pass Bobby Mitchell 12 yard pass from Milt Plum (Lou Groza kick)
3 1961-09-24 WAS L, 7-14 3 80 pass Fred Dugan 80 yard pass from Norm Snead (John Aveni kick)
4 1961-10-01 STL W, 30-27 2 12 pass Prentice Gautt 12 yard pass from Sam Etcheverry (Gerry Perry kick)
5 1961-10-01 STL W, 30-27 2 35 pass Sonny Randle 35 yard pass from Sam Etcheverry (Gerry Perry kick)
6 1961-10-01 STL W, 30-27 3 1 rush Taz Anderson 1 yard rush
7 1961-10-01 STL W, 30-27 4 54 rush Prentice Gautt 54 yard rush (Gerry Perry kick)
8 1961-10-08 PIT L, 16-21 2 1 rush Rudy Bukich 1 yard rush (Lou Michaels kick)
9 1961-10-08 PIT L, 16-21 4 13 pass Buddy Dial 13 yard pass from Rudy Bukich
10 1961-10-15 @ STL L, 7-20 3 73 punt Bobby Joe Conrad 73 yard punt return (Gerry Perry kick)
11 1961-10-22 @ DAL L, 7-43 3 5 pass J.W. Lockett 5 yard pass from Don Meredith (Allen Green kick)
12 1961-10-29 @ WAS L, 24-27 1 3 pass Sam Horner 3 yard pass from Norm Snead (John Aveni kick)
13 1961-10-29 @ WAS L, 24-27 2 3 rush Don Bosseler 3 yard rush (John Aveni kick)
14 1961-10-29 @ WAS L, 24-27 4 7 pass Jim Cunningham 7 yard pass from Norm Snead (John Aveni kick)
15 1961-11-05 CHI L, 14-16 1 76 pass Mike Ditka 76 yard pass from Billy Wade (Roger LeClerc kick)
16 1961-11-05 CHI L, 14-16 2 2 rush Rick Casares 2 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)
17 1961-11-12 @ NYG W, 38-21 1 30 pass Del Shofner 30 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Pat Summerall kick)
18 1961-11-12 @ NYG W, 38-21 1 12 pass Kyle Rote 12 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Pat Summerall kick)
19 1961-11-12 @ NYG W, 38-21 2 62 pass Erich Barnes 62 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Pat Summerall kick)
20 1961-11-12 @ NYG W, 38-21 3 5 rush Bob Gaiters 5 yard rush (Pat Summerall kick)
21 1961-11-12 @ NYG W, 38-21 3 65 interception Tom Scott 65 yard interception return (Pat Summerall kick)
22 1961-11-19 @ CLE W, 45-24 2 3 rush Jim Brown 3 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
23 1961-11-19 @ CLE W, 45-24 2 3 rush Jim Brown 3 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
24 1961-11-19 @ CLE W, 45-24 3 18 pass Bobby Mitchell 18 yard pass from Milt Plum (Lou Groza kick)
25 1961-11-19 @ CLE W, 45-24 4 1 rush Jim Brown 1 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
26 1961-11-19 @ CLE W, 45-24 4 8 rush Jim Brown 8 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
27 1961-11-19 @ CLE W, 45-24 4 91 kickoff Bobby Mitchell 91 yard kickoff return (Lou Groza kick)
28 1961-11-26 DAL L, 13-35 4 21 pass Amos Marsh 21 yard pass from Eddie LeBaron (Dick Bielski kick)
29 1961-12-03 @ PIT L, 24-35 1 7 pass Preston Carpenter 7 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Lou Michaels kick)
30 1961-12-03 @ PIT L, 24-35 3 7 pass John Henry Johnson 7 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Lou Michaels kick)
31 1961-12-03 @ PIT L, 24-35 4 8 pass Bob Schnelker 8 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Lou Michaels kick)
32 1961-12-10 NYG W, 28-24 1 46 pass Del Shofner 46 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Pat Summerall kick)
33 1961-12-10 NYG W, 28-24 2 35 pass Joe Walton 35 yard pass from Charlie Conerly (Pat Summerall kick)
34 1961-12-10 NYG W, 28-24 3 26 pass Del Shofner 26 yard pass from Charlie Conerly (Pat Summerall kick)
35 1961-12-10 NYG W, 28-24 4 11 pass Del Shofner 11 yard pass from Charlie Conerly (Pat Summerall kick)
36 1961-12-17 @ DET L, 24-27 3 84 pass Gail Cogdill 84 yard pass from Jim Ninowski (Jim Martin kick)
37 1961-12-17 @ DET L, 24-27 4 14 rush Jim Ninowski 14 yard rush (Jim Martin kick)
38 1961-12-17 @ DET L, 24-27 4 1 rush Nick Pietrosante 1 yard rush (Jim Martin kick)