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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 Penalties
PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD Pen Yds 1stPy
Team Stats 221 3571 823 4.3 35 15 201 200 390 2323 13 20 5.6 119 407 1248 6 3.1 65 81 838 17
Opp. Stats 302 4622 889 5.2 47 25 251 220 407 2660 16 22 6.1 129 450 1962 16 4.4 104 94 908 18
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

Score Offense Defense
Week 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. 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 Yds 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. 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. 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 6.6 133
26 Al Nelson 28 LCB 14 14 13 358 0 51 27.5 384
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 6.0 669
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 5219
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. 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. Age Pos G GS Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Sk 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 34 9 26

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM 2PA XPM XPA FGM FGA Sfty Pts Pts/G
19 Tom Dempsey 24 k 5 0 13 14 12 17 49
18 Ben Hawkins 27 WR 14 12 4 1 5 30
1 Happy Feller 22 K 9 0 10 10 6 20 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 24 18 37 221
Opp Total 14 16 16 1 2 1 35 36 17 33 302

Touchdown Log

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