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1971 Philadelphia Eagles

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6-7-1, Finished 3rd in NFC East Division  · 1971 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -4.3, Offense: -2.7, Defense: -1.6, SoS: 1.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 221 points (15.8/g), 22nd of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 302 points (21.6/g), 20th.
 Differential of -81 points (-5.8/g), 20th.  Expected W-L: 4.5-9.5.

Coach: Jerry Williams (0-3-0) and Ed Khayat (6-4-1)
 Offensive Coordinator: Tom Fears

Stadium: Veterans Stadium
 Training Camp: Albright College (Reading, Pennsylvania)

Team Info

Principal Owner Leonard Tose
General Manager Pete Retzlaff
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 221 3571 823 4.3 35 15 17 201 200 390 2323 13 20 5.6 119 407 1248 6 3.1 65
Team Defense 302 4622 889 5.2 47 25 18 251 220 407 2660 16 22 6.1 129 450 1962 16 4.4 104
Lg Rank Offense 22 20 11 11 21 8 8 17 12 13 21 25 24 25
Lg Rank Defense 20 26 2 1 24 22 25 15 11 17 13 17 20 20

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 19 boxscore L 0-1 @ Cincinnati Bengals 14 37 17 315 276 39 4 23 532 296 236 1
2 Sun September 26 boxscore L 0-2 Dallas Cowboys 7 42 12 170 138 32 8 23 369 219 150 4
3 Sun October 3 boxscore L 0-3 San Francisco 49ers 3 31 17 261 172 89 2 21 510 308 202 2
4 Sun October 10 boxscore L 0-4 Minnesota Vikings 0 13 9 172 122 50 4 15 195 60 135 1
5 Sun October 17 boxscore L 0-5 @ Oakland Raiders 10 34 11 226 164 62 3 20 412 236 176 2
6 Sun October 24 boxscore W 1-5 New York Giants 23 7 15 212 43 169 1 16 236 71 165 5
7 Sun October 31 boxscore W 2-5 Denver Broncos 17 16 9 123 77 46 1 19 272 102 170 5
8 Sun November 7 boxscore T 2-5-1 @ Washington Redskins 7 7 10 172 95 77 1 14 197 136 61 7
9 Sun November 14 boxscore L 2-6-1 @ Dallas Cowboys 7 20 14 286 242 44 5 21 308 129 179 1
10 Sun November 21 boxscore W 3-6-1 @ St. Louis Cardinals 37 20 17 267 134 133 2 15 333 248 85 8
11 Sun November 28 boxscore L 3-7-1 Washington Redskins 13 20 16 280 180 100 2 10 257 155 102 2
12 Sun December 5 boxscore W 4-7-1 @ Detroit Lions 23 20 20 359 214 145 1 20 350 225 125 2
13 Sun December 12 boxscore W 5-7-1 St. Louis Cardinals 19 7 19 382 205 177 1 10 273 161 112 5
14 Sun December 19 boxscore W 6-7-1 @ New York Giants 41 28 15 346 261 85 24 378 314 64 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
14 Pete Liske 29 QB 14 10 5-5-0 143 269 53.2% 1957 11 4.1 15 5.6 69 7.3 5.6 13.7 139.8 67.1 13 134 6.46 4.85 4.6 1 1
11 Rick Arrington 24 qb 10 4 1-2-1 55 118 46.6% 576 2 1.7 5 4.2 65 4.9 3.3 10.5 57.6 49.3 13 95 3.67 2.26 9.9
47 Ronnie Bull 31 RB 13 9 1 1 100.0% 15 0 0.0 0 0.0 15 15.0 15.0 15.0 1.2 118.7 0 0 15.00 15.00 0.0
43 Sonny Davis 23 14 6 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.0
7 Jim Ward 27 2 0 1 1 100.0% 4 0 0.0 0 0.0 4 4.0 4.0 4.0 2.0 83.3 0 0 4.00 4.00 0.0
Team Total 25.9 14 6-7-1 200 390 51.3% 2552 13 3.3 20 5.1 69 6.5 4.9 12.8 182.3 61.8 26 229 5.58 4.05 6.3 1 1
Opp Total 14 220 407 54.1% 2971 16 3.9 22 5.4 7.3 5.65 13.5 212.2 68.1 32 311 6.1 4.5 7.3

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
46 Lee Bouggess 23 FB 10 7 97 262 2 26 2.7 26.2 9.7 24 170 7.1 1 27 2.4 17.0 432 3 1
47 Ronnie Bull 31 RB 13 9 94 351 0 39 3.7 27.0 7.2 9 75 8.3 1 15 0.7 5.8 426 1 2
37 Tom Woodeshick 30 11 5 66 188 0 19 2.8 17.1 6.0 6 36 6.0 1 11 0.5 3.3 224 1 2
43 Sonny Davis 23 14 6 47 163 1 21 3.5 11.6 3.4 11 46 4.2 0 12 0.8 3.3 209 1 1
34 Larry Watkins 25 12 1 35 98 1 11 2.8 8.2 2.9 6 40 6.7 0 9 0.5 3.3 138 1 0
31 Tom Bailey 22 13 0 23 41 1 7 1.8 3.2 1.8 7 55 7.9 0 24 0.5 4.2 96 1 0
38 Tony Baker 26 5 0 17 49 0 13 2.9 9.8 3.4 4 36 9.0 0 14 0.8 7.2 85 0 1
14 Pete Liske 29 QB 14 10 13 29 1 9 2.2 2.1 0.9 29 1 5
29 Harold Jackson 25 WR 14 12 5 41 0 18 8.2 2.9 0.4 47 716 15.2 3 69 3.4 51.1 757 3 1
11 Rick Arrington 24 qb 10 4 5 23 0 11 4.6 2.3 0.5 23 0 1
18 Ben Hawkins 27 WR 14 12 4 8 0 10 2.0 0.6 0.3 37 650 17.6 4 65 2.6 46.4 658 4 1
89 Steve Zabel 23 LLB 14 13 1 -5 0 -5 -5.0 -0.4 0.1 2 4 2.0 2 3 0.1 0.3 -1 2 0
17 Harold Carmichael 22 te 9 6 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 20 288 14.4 0 50 2.2 32.0 288 0 2
85 Gary Ballman 31 TE 6 6 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 13 238 18.3 0 57 2.2 39.7 238 0 1
86 Fred Hill 28 7 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 7 92 13.1 0 35 1.0 13.1 92 0 0
87 Kent Kramer 27 te 10 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 6 65 10.8 1 17 0.6 6.5 65 1 0
81 Jim Whalen 28 2 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 41 41.0 0 41 0.5 20.5 41 0 0
Team Total 25.9 14 407 1248 6 39 3.1 89.1 29.1 200 2552 12.8 13 69 14.3 182.3 3800 19 21
Opp Total 14 450 1962 16 4.4 140.1 32.1 220 2660 12.1 16 15.7 190.0 4622 32 34

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
9 Billy Walik 24 KR 8 0 5 48 0 50 9.6 14 369 0 52 26.4 417
28 Bill Bradley*+ 24 FS/PR 14 14 18 118 0 33 6.6 118
26 Al Nelson 28 LCB 14 14 13 358 0 51 27.5 358
49 Jim Thrower 24 14 0 12 299 0 45 24.9 299
43 Sonny Davis 23 14 6 2 44 0 25 22.0 253
84 Richard Harris 23 LDE 14 10 2 28 0 21 14.0 28
29 Harold Jackson 25 WR 14 12 2 48 0 28 24.0 805
88 Gary Pettigrew 27 rdt 13 6 2 37 0 21 18.5 37
18 Ben Hawkins 27 WR 14 12 1 6 0 6 6.0 664
87 Kent Kramer 27 te 10 4 1 0 0 0 0.0 65
89 Steve Zabel 23 LLB 14 13 1 0 0 0 0.0 -1
Team Total 25.9 14 24 172 0 50 7.2 49 1183 0 52 24.1 5155
Opp Total 14 40 372 0 9.3 48 1101 1 22.9

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
36 Tom McNeill 29 P 14 0 73 3063 64 1 42.0
19 Tom Dempsey 24 k 5 0 7 6 2 1 3 2 5 3 17 12 70.6%% 14 13 92.9%%
1 Happy Feller 22 K 9 0 2 1 5 2 7 2 4 2 1 20 6 30.0%% 10 10 100.0%%
28 Bill Bradley*+ 24 FS/PR 14 14 2 76 45 0 38.0
Team Total 25.9 14 2 1 12 8 9 3 7 2 7 4 37 18 48.6%% 24 23 95.8%% 75 3139 64 1 41.9
Opp Total 14 33 17 51.5%% 36 35 97.2%% 57 2308 40.5

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
28 Bill Bradley*+ 24 FS/PR 14 14 11 248 0 51 0 0 2 2 15 0
20 Leroy Keyes 24 SS 14 14 6 31 0 17 0 0 0 2 10 0
14 Pete Liske 29 QB 14 10 0 5 1 -4 0
24 Nate Ramsey 30 RCB 14 14 0 0 5 2 0
26 Al Nelson 28 LCB 14 14 2 63 1 44 0 0 0 2 26 0
51 Ike Kelley 27 14 1 0 0 3 0 0
50 Ron Porter 26 RLB 12 11 0 0 3 0 0
82 Tim Rossovich 25 MLB 13 12 1 24 0 24 0 0 0 2 5 0
89 Steve Zabel 23 LLB 14 13 1 4 0 4 0 0 0 2 0 0
65 Henry Allison 24 LG 14 9 0 0 2 0 0
47 Ronnie Bull 31 RB 13 9 0 2 0 0 0
17 Harold Carmichael 22 te 9 6 0 2 0 0 0
18 Ben Hawkins 27 WR 14 12 0 1 1 5 1
83 Don Hultz 31 LDT 14 14 1 4 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 0
37 Tom Woodeshick 30 11 5 0 2 0 0 0
11 Rick Arrington 24 qb 10 4 0 1 0 0 0
38 Tony Baker 26 5 0 0 1 0 0 0
85 Gary Ballman 31 TE 6 6 0 1 0 0 0
46 Lee Bouggess 23 FB 10 7 0 1 0 0 0
77 Ernie Calloway 23 RDT 14 12 0 0 1 0 0
43 Sonny Davis 23 14 6 0 1 0 0 0
16 Vern Davis 22 3 0 0 0 1 0 0
29 Harold Jackson 25 WR 14 12 0 1 0 0 0
74 Steve Smith 27 RT 14 14 0 0 1 5 1
49 Jim Thrower 24 14 0 0 1 0 0 0
99 Mel Tom 30 RDE 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 25.9 14 22 374 1 51 0 0 21 30 64 2
Opp Total 14 26 34 9

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
19 Tom Dempsey 24 k 5 0 13 12 49
18 Ben Hawkins 27 WR 14 12 4 1 5 30
1 Happy Feller 22 K 9 0 10 6 28
46 Lee Bouggess 23 FB 10 7 2 1 3 18
29 Harold Jackson 25 WR 14 12 3 3 18
26 Al Nelson 28 LCB 14 14 1 1 2 12
89 Steve Zabel 23 LLB 14 13 2 2 12
31 Tom Bailey 22 13 0 1 1 6
47 Ronnie Bull 31 RB 13 9 1 1 6
43 Sonny Davis 23 14 6 1 1 6
56 Bill Hobbs 25 11 3 1 1 6
87 Kent Kramer 27 te 10 4 1 1 6
14 Pete Liske 29 QB 14 10 1 1 6
74 Steve Smith 27 RT 14 14 1 1 6
34 Larry Watkins 25 12 1 1 1 6
37 Tom Woodeshick 30 11 5 1 1 6
Team Total 25.9 14 6 13 2 1 2 24 23 18 221
Opp Total 14 16 16 1 2 1 35 17 302

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1971-09-19 @ CIN L, 14-37 2 10 pass Ben Hawkins 10 yard pass from Pete Liske (Happy Feller kick)
2 1971-09-19 @ CIN L, 14-37 4 15 pass Ben Hawkins 15 yard pass from Pete Liske (Happy Feller kick)
3 1971-09-26 DAL L, 7-42 4 102 field goal Al Nelson 102 yard field goal return (Happy Feller kick)
4 1971-10-17 @ OAK L, 10-34 1 7 pass Tom Woodeshick 7 yard pass from Rick Arrington (Happy Feller kick)
5 1971-10-24 NYG W, 23-7 1 10 rush Sonny Davis 10 yard rush (Happy Feller kick)
6 1971-10-24 NYG W, 23-7 4 11 rush Larry Watkins 11 yard rush (Happy Feller kick)
7 1971-10-31 DEN W, 17-16 2 18 pass Ben Hawkins 18 yard pass from Rick Arrington (Happy Feller kick)
8 1971-10-31 DEN W, 17-16 2 6 blocked punt Bill Hobbs 6 yard blocked punt return (Happy Feller kick)
9 1971-11-07 @ WAS T, 7-7 3 12 pass Ronnie Bull 12 yard pass from Pete Liske (Happy Feller kick)
10 1971-11-14 @ DAL L, 7-20 4 1 rush Pete Liske 1 yard rush (Happy Feller kick)
11 1971-11-21 @ STL W, 37-20 1 5 fumble Steve Smith 5 yard fumble return (Tom Dempsey kick)
12 1971-11-21 @ STL W, 37-20 2 6 pass Harold Jackson 6 yard pass from Pete Liske (Tom Dempsey kick)
13 1971-11-21 @ STL W, 37-20 4 5 pass Lee Bouggess 5 yard pass from Pete Liske (Tom Dempsey kick)
14 1971-11-21 @ STL W, 37-20 4 5 fumble Ben Hawkins 5 yard fumble return (Tom Dempsey kick)
15 1971-11-28 WAS L, 13-20 3 1 rush Tom Bailey 1 yard rush
16 1971-11-28 WAS L, 13-20 4 1 pass Steve Zabel 1 yard pass from Pete Liske (Tom Dempsey kick)
17 1971-12-05 @ DET W, 23-20 1 1 rush Lee Bouggess 1 yard rush (Tom Dempsey kick)
18 1971-12-05 @ DET W, 23-20 4 5 pass Kent Kramer 5 yard pass from Pete Liske (Tom Dempsey kick)
19 1971-12-12 STL W, 19-7 1 69 pass Harold Jackson 69 yard pass from Pete Liske (Tom Dempsey kick)
20 1971-12-19 @ NYG W, 41-28 1 19 interception Al Nelson 19 yard interception return (Tom Dempsey kick)
21 1971-12-19 @ NYG W, 41-28 2 3 pass Steve Zabel 3 yard pass from Pete Liske (Tom Dempsey kick)
22 1971-12-19 @ NYG W, 41-28 2 22 pass Ben Hawkins 22 yard pass from Pete Liske (Tom Dempsey kick)
23 1971-12-19 @ NYG W, 41-28 3 2 rush Lee Bouggess 2 yard rush (Tom Dempsey kick)
24 1971-12-19 @ NYG W, 41-28 3 63 pass Harold Jackson 63 yard pass from Pete Liske (Tom Dempsey kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1971-09-19 @ CIN W, 37-14 2 2 pass Eric Crabtree 2 yard pass from Virgil Carter (Horst Muhlmann kick)
2 1971-09-19 @ CIN W, 37-14 3 90 pass Speedy Thomas 90 yard pass from Virgil Carter (Horst Muhlmann kick)
3 1971-09-19 @ CIN W, 37-14 3 7 pass Jess Phillips 7 yard pass from Virgil Carter (Horst Muhlmann kick)
4 1971-09-19 @ CIN W, 37-14 4 68 rush Essex Johnson 68 yard rush (Horst Muhlmann kick)
5 1971-09-26 DAL W, 42-7 2 1 rush Calvin Hill 1 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
6 1971-09-26 DAL W, 42-7 2 7 fumble Bob Lilly 7 yard fumble return (Mike Clark kick)
7 1971-09-26 DAL W, 42-7 2 4 pass Walt Garrison 4 yard pass from Craig Morton (Mike Clark kick)
8 1971-09-26 DAL W, 42-7 3 16 pass Gloster Richardson 16 yard pass from Craig Morton (Mike Clark kick)
9 1971-09-26 DAL W, 42-7 4 2 rush Craig Morton 2 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
10 1971-09-26 DAL W, 42-7 4 2 rush Claxton Welch 2 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
11 1971-10-03 SFO W, 31-3 2 3 pass Ted Kwalick 3 yard pass from John Brodie (Bruce Gossett kick)
12 1971-10-03 SFO W, 31-3 2 42 pass Ted Kwalick 42 yard pass from John Brodie (Bruce Gossett kick)
13 1971-10-03 SFO W, 31-3 3 15 pass Vic Washington 15 yard pass from John Brodie (Bruce Gossett kick)
14 1971-10-03 SFO W, 31-3 4 1 rush Ken Willard 1 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
15 1971-10-10 MIN W, 13-0 2 2 rush Dave Osborn 2 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
16 1971-10-17 @ OAK W, 34-10 3 35 pass Fred Biletnikoff 35 yard pass from Daryle Lamonica
17 1971-10-17 @ OAK W, 34-10 3 2 rush Pete Banaszak 2 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
18 1971-10-17 @ OAK W, 34-10 4 27 pass Eldridge Dickey 27 yard pass from Daryle Lamonica (George Blanda kick)
19 1971-10-17 @ OAK W, 34-10 4 26 fumble George Atkinson 26 yard fumble return (George Blanda kick)
20 1971-10-17 @ OAK W, 34-10 4 14 rush Don Highsmith 14 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
21 1971-10-24 NYG L, 7-23 2 1 rush Charlie Evans 1 yard rush (Pete Gogolak kick)
22 1971-10-31 DEN L, 16-17 2 1 rush Floyd Little 1 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
23 1971-11-07 @ WAS T, 7-7 4 32 pass Clifton McNeil 32 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Curt Knight kick)
24 1971-11-14 @ DAL W, 20-7 2 1 rush Duane Thomas 1 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
25 1971-11-14 @ DAL W, 20-7 3 13 rush Duane Thomas 13 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
26 1971-11-21 @ STL L, 20-37 2 103 kickoff George Hoey 103 yard kickoff return (Jim Bakken kick)
27 1971-11-21 @ STL L, 20-37 2 40 rush MacArthur Lane 40 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
28 1971-11-28 WAS W, 20-13 2 27 pass Roy Jefferson 27 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Curt Knight kick)
29 1971-11-28 WAS W, 20-13 4 38 interception Mike Bass 38 yard interception return (Curt Knight kick)
30 1971-12-05 @ DET L, 20-23 3 2 rush Greg Landry 2 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
31 1971-12-05 @ DET L, 20-23 4 5 rush Greg Landry 5 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
32 1971-12-12 STL L, 7-19 3 80 pass Mel Gray 80 yard pass from Pete Beathard (Jim Bakken kick)
33 1971-12-19 @ NYG L, 28-41 1 1 rush Rocky Thompson 1 yard rush (Pete Gogolak kick)
34 1971-12-19 @ NYG L, 28-41 2 45 pass Joe Morrison 45 yard pass from Randy Johnson (Pete Gogolak kick)
35 1971-12-19 @ NYG L, 28-41 4 2 pass Rich Kotite 2 yard pass from Randy Johnson (Pete Gogolak kick)
36 1971-12-19 @ NYG L, 28-41 4 27 pass Bob Tucker 27 yard pass from Randy Johnson (Pete Gogolak kick)