1968 Philadelphia Eagles season

1968 Philadelphia Eagles season
Head coach Joe Kuharich
Owner Jerry Wolman
Home field Franklin Field
Results
Record 2–12
Division place 4th NFL Capitol
Playoff finish did not qualify

The 1968 Philadelphia Eagles season was their 36th in the league. They failed to improve on their previous output of 6–7–1, winning only two games. Eagles fans expected to get O.J. Simpson if they went winless. They finished 2–12, but the Buffalo Bills went 1–12–1 and got Simpson with the first pick.[1] Before they won their twelfth game, the Eagles were on target for a winless season at 0–11. They were the first team in the NFL proper to lose eleven consecutive games in one season since their own 1936 season, though in the AFL the 1962 Oakland Raiders lost their first thirteen games.

One of the most infamous incidents in Philadelphia sports history came at halftime of the final game of the dismal 1968 season, when the Eagles were on their way to losing to the Minnesota Vikings. The Eagles had planned a Christmas pageant for halftime of the December 15 game, but the condition of the field was too poor. Instead, the team asked a fan dressed as Santa Claus to run onto the field to celebrate with a group of cheerleaders. The fans, in no mood to celebrate, loudly booed and threw snowballs at “Santa Claus.”[2]

Fifty years later, the Eagles would win their first Super Bowl game against the New England Patriots.

Offseason

1968 NFL Draft

RoundPickPlayerPositionSchool
114Tim RossovichDEUSC
239Cyril PinderRBIllinois
368Adrian YoungLBUSC
495Len McNeilGFresno State
5122Mike DirksTWyoming
5124Mark NordquistTPacific
6150Thurman RandleTTexas – El Paso
6157Dave MartinDBNotre Dame
7178Joe PrzybyckiGMichigan State
8204Al LavanDBColorado State
9232Mike EvansCBoston College
10258John MalloryDBWest Virginia
11286Len PersinDBBoston College
12312Thurston TaylorTEFlorida State
13340George BarronTMississippi State
14366Dan WilliamsonLBWest Virginia
15394Joe GrahamGTennessee
16420Phil CreelTNorthwestern State (LA)
17448Joe ForzaniLBUtah State
17459Frank AntoniniRBParsons


Roster

1968 Philadelphia Eagles roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams


Rookies in italics

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 15, 1968 at Green Bay Packers L 13–30
50,861
2 September 22, 1968 New York Giants L 25–34
60,858
3 September 29, 1968 Dallas Cowboys L 13–45
60,858
4 October 6, 1968 at Washington Redskins L 14–17
50,816
5 October 13, 1968 at Dallas Cowboys L 14–34
72,083
6 October 20, 1968 Chicago Bears L 16–29
60,858
7 October 27, 1968 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 3–6
26,908
8 November 3, 1968 St. Louis Cardinals L 17–45
59,208
9 November 10, 1968 Washington Redskins L 10–16
59,133
10 November 17, 1968 at New York Giants L 6-7
62,896
11 November 24, 1968 at Cleveland Browns L 13–47
62,338
12 November 28, 1968 at Detroit Lions W 12–0
47,909
13 December 8, 1968 New Orleans Saints W 29–17
57,128
14 December 15, 1968 Minnesota Vikings L 17–24
54,530

Game Recaps

A recap of the scoring plays and the game scores by quarters during the year. The record after the team's name reflects this games outcome also.[3]

Week 1

Sunday, September 15, 1968

Played at Lambeau Field on grass in 67 °F (19.4 °C) weather with an 11 miles per hour (18 km/h; 9.6 kn) wind

1234Total
Philadelphia Eagles (0–1–0)330713
Green Bay Packers (1–0–0)7146330
Scoring Plays
1stEaglesSam Baker 27-yard field goal
PackersJim Grabowski 6-yard rush (Jerry Kramer kick)
2ndPackersCarroll Dale 12-yard pass from Bart Starr (Jerry Kramer kick)
EaglesSam Baker 17-yard field goal
PackersBoyd Dowler 55-yard pass from Bart Starr (Jerry Kramer kick)
3rdPackersJerry Kramer 17-yard field goal
PackersJerry Kramer 22-yard field goal
4thEaglesGary Ballman 2-yard pass from King Hill (Sam Baker kick)
PackersJerry Kramer 35-yard field goal

Week 2

Sunday, September 22, 1968

Played in Franklin Field on grass in 70 °F (21.1 °C) weather with a 9 miles per hour (14 km/h; 7.8 kn) wind

1234Total
New York Giants (2–0–0)71010734
Philadelphia Eagles (0–2–0)1207625
Scoring Plays
1stGiantsRandy Minniear 2-yard rush (Pete Gogolak kick)
EaglesAlvin Haymond 98-yard kickoff return (kick failed)
EaglesIzzy Lang 23-yard pass from John Huarte (kick failed)
2ndGiantsSpider Lockhart 72-yard interception return (Pete Gogolak kick)
GiantsPete Gogolak 20-yard field goal
3rdEaglesTom Woodeshick 54-yard rush (Sam Baker kick)
GiantsPete Gogolak 30-yard field goal
GiantsJoe Morrison 12-yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Pete Gogolak kick)
4thGiantsBobby Duhon 1-yard rush (Pete Gogolak kick)
EaglesBen Hawkins 92-yard pass from King Hill (kick failed)

Week 3

Sunday, September 29, 1968.

Played in Franklin Field on grass in 61 °F (16.1 °C) weather with a 12 miles per hour (19 km/h; 10 kn) wind

1234Total
Dallas Cowboys (3–0–0)77141745
Philadelphia Eagles (0–3–0)3100013

Scoring

1st Quarter Scoring Plays

  • Eagles – Sam Baker 23-yard field goal
  • Cowboys – Dan Reeves 2-yard pass from Don Meredith (Mike Clark kick)

2nd Quarter Scoring Plays

  • Cowboys – Lance Rentzel 11-yard pass from Don Meredith (Mike Clark kick)
  • Eagles – Gary Ballman 18-yard pass from King Hill (Sam Baker kick)
  • Eagles – Sam Baker 13-yard field goal

3rd Quarter Scoring Plays

  • Cowboys – Bob Hayes 44-yard pass from Don Meredith (Mike Clark kick)
  • Cowboys – Don Perkins 10-yard pass from Don Meredith (Mike Clark kick)

4th Quarter Scoring Plays

  • Cowboys – Mike Clark 26-yard field goal
  • Cowboys – Lance Rentzel 8-yard pass from Don Meredith (Mike Clark kick)
  • Cowboys – Craig Morton 4-yard rush (Mike Clark kick)

Week 4

Sunday, October 6, 1968

Played at District of Columbia Stadium on grass in 46 °F (7.8 °C) weather with a 9 miles per hour (14 km/h; 7.8 kn) wind

1234Total
Philadelphia Eagles (0–4–0)0001414
Washington Redskins (2–2–0)0107017

Week 5

Sunday, October 13, 1968

Played at the Cotton Bowl on grass in 77 °F (25 °C) weather with a 12 miles per hour (19 km/h; 10 kn) wind.

1234Total
Philadelphia Eagles (0–5–0)007714
Dallas Cowboys (5–0–0)7771334

Scoring 1st Quarter Scoring Plays

  • Cowboys – Pettis Norman 9-yard pass from Don Meredith (Mike Clark kick)

2nd Quarter Scoring Plays

  • Cowboys – Rayfield Wright 15-yard pass from Don Meredith (Mike Clark kick)

3rd Quarter Scoring Plays

  • Eagles – John Mallory 58-yard pass from Sam Baker (Sam Baker kick)
  • Cowboys – Don Perkins 1-yard rush (Mike Clark kick)

4th Quarter Scoring Plays

  • Cowboys – Mike Clark 26-yard field goal
  • Cowboys – Mike Clark 21-yard field goal
  • Cowboys – Craig Baynham 22-yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
  • Eagles – Mike Ditka 4-yard pass from Norm Snead (Sam Baker kick)

Week 6

Sunday, October 20, 1968

Played at Franklin Field on grass in 62 °F (16.7 °C) weather with a 12 miles per hour (19 km/h; 10 kn) wind

1234Total
Chicago Bears (2–4–0)7631329
Philadelphia Eagles (0–6–0)3103016

Week 7

Sunday, October 27, 1968

Played at Pitt Stadium on grass in 45 °F (7.2 °C) weather with a 14 miles per hour (23 km/h; 12 kn) wind

1234Total
Philadelphia Eagles (0–7–0)03003
Pittsburgh Steelers (1–6–0)00066
Scoring Plays
2ndEaglesSam Baker 38-yard field goal
4thSteelersBooth Lusteg 34-yard field goal
SteelersBooth Lusteg 15-yard field goal

Week 8

Sunday, November 3, 1968

Played at Franklin Field on grass in 55 °F (12.8 °C) weather with a 9 miles per hour (14 km/h; 7.8 kn) wind

1234Total
St. Louis Cardinals (5–3–0)77141745
Philadelphia Eagles (0–8–0)0107017
Scoring Plays
1stCardinalsJim Hart 1-yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
2ndEaglesFred Hill 31-yard pass from Norm Snead (Sam Baker kick)
CardinalsWillis Crenshaw 14-yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
EaglesSam Baker 12-yard field goal
3rdEaglesTom Woodeshick 12-yard rush (Sam Baker kick)
CardinalsJim Hart 1-yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
CardinalsRoy Shivers 40-yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
4thCardinalsRoy Shivers 1-yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
CardinalsJim Bakken 47-yard field goal
CardinalsRoy Shivers 4-yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)

Week 9

Sunday, November 10, 1968

Played at Franklin Field on grass in 40 °F (4.4 °C) weather with a 15 miles per hour (24 km/h; 13 kn) wind

1234Total
Washington Redskins (4–5–0)367016
Philadelphia Eagles (0–9–0)030710
SCORING PLAYS
1stRedskinsCharlie Gogolak 15-yard field goal
2ndRedskinsCharlie Gogolak 25-yard field goal
EaglesSam Baker 37-yard field goal
RedskinsCharlie Gogolak 9-yard field goal
3rdRedskinsGerry Allen 1-yard rush (Charlie Gogolak kick)
4thEaglesBen Hawkins 6-yard pass from Norm Snead (Sam Baker kick)

Week 10

Sunday, November 17, 1968

Played at Yankee Stadium on grass in 40 °F (4.4 °C) weather with a 14 miles per hour (23 km/h; 12 kn) wind

1234Total
Philadelphia Eagles (0–10–0)33006
New York Giants (7–3–0)07007
SCORING PLAYS
1stEaglesSam Baker 19-yard field goal
2ndGiantsBobby Duhon 33-yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Pete Gogolak kick)
EaglesSam Baker 19-yard field goal

Week 11

Sunday, November 24, 1968.

Played in Cleveland Municipal Stadium on grass in 52 °F (11.1 °C) weather with a 13 miles per hour (21 km/h; 11 kn) wind

1234Total
Philadelphia Eagles (0–11–0)060713
Cleveland Browns (8–3–0)1010141347

Week 12

Thursday, November 28, 1968 Thanksgiving Day

Played in Tiger Stadium on grass in 40 °F (4.4 °C) weather with a 15 miles per hour (24 km/h; 13 kn) wind

Going into this week’s games the Eagles are 0–11, the Buffalo Bills are 1–9–1, the Falcons are 2–9 and the Steelers are 2–8–1.

1234Total
Philadelphia Eagles (1–11–0)333312
Detroit Lions (3–7–2)00000

Scoring

1st Quarter Scoring Plays

  • Eagles – Sam Baker 36-yard field goal

2nd Quarter Scoring Plays

  • Eagles – Sam Baker 18-yard field goal

3rd Quarter Scoring Plays

  • Eagles – Sam Baker 32-yard field goal

4th Quarter Scoring Plays

  • Eagles – Sam Baker 35-yard field goal

Week 13

Sunday, December 8, 1968

Played at Franklin Field on grass in 31 °F (−0.6 °C) with a 16 miles per hour (26 km/h; 14 kn) wind and a wind chill of 19 °F or −7.2 °C.

1234Total
New Orleans Saints (3–9–1)773017
Philadelphia Eagles (2–11–0)01321429

Scoring

1st Quarter Scoring Plays

  • Saints Jimmy Hester 4-yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Charlie Durkee kick)

2nd Quarter Scoring Plays

  • Eagles Gary Ballman 55-yard pass from Norm Snead (Sam Baker kick)
  • Saints Billy Kilmer 2-yard rush (Charlie Durkee kick)
  • Eagles Ben Hawkins 14-yard pass from Norm Snead (kick failed)

3rd Quarter Scoring Plays

  • Saints Charlie Durkee 10-yard field goal
  • Eagles Safety, Conjar tackled Brown in end zone

4th Quarter Scoring Plays

  • Eagles Ben Hawkins 23-yard pass from Norm Snead (Sam Baker kick)
  • Eagles Tom Woodeshick 30-yard rush (Sam Baker kick)

Week 14

Sunday, December 15, 1968

Played at Franklin Field on grass in 28 °F (−2.2 °C) weather with a 20 miles per hour (32 km/h; 17 kn) wind and a wind chill of 15 °F or −9.4 °C. During halftime of this last home game of the season, a group of Eagles fans showed their discontent by booing, and then throwing snowballs at, a performer dressed as Santa Claus. [4] [5]

1234Total
Minnesota Vikings (8–6–0)0771024
Philadelphia Eagles (2–12–0)073717
SCORING PLAYS
2ndEaglesGary Ballman 5-yard pass from Norm Snead (Sam Baker kick)
VikingsBill Brown 57-yard pass from Joe Kapp (Fred Cox kick)
3rdVikingsGene Washington 30-yard pass from Joe Kapp (Fred Cox kick)
EaglesSam Baker 25-yard field goal
4thVikingsJoe Kapp 2-yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
EaglesFred Hill 12-yard pass from Norm Snead (Sam Baker kick)
VikingsFred Cox 17-yard field goal

Standings

NFL Capitol
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Dallas Cowboys 12 2 0 .857 5–1 9–1 431 186 W5
New York Giants 7 7 0 .500 5–1 7–3 294 325 L4
Washington Redskins 5 9 0 .357 2–4 3–7 249 358 W1
Philadelphia Eagles 2 12 0 .143 0–6 1–9 202 351 L1

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

References

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