1980 Philadelphia Eagles season

1980 Philadelphia Eagles season
Head coach Dick Vermeil
General manager Jim Murray
Owner Leonard Tose
Home field Veterans Stadium
Results
Record 12–4
Division place 1st NFC East
Playoff finish Won Divisional Round (Vikings) 31-16
Won NFC Championship Game (Cowboys) 20-7
Lost Super Bowl XV (Raiders) 10-27

The 1980 Philadelphia Eagles season was the team's 48th season in the National Football League (NFL). The Eagles won twelve of their sixteen games, winning their division for the first time in twenty years. The Eagles started the season winning eleven of their first twelve games, only to finish the season losing three of their final four. Still, the 12–4 record was good enough to win the NFC East division title for the first time in franchise history since the NFC East had been formed.

The 1980 season marked the Eagles' third consecutive playoff appearance under coach Dick Vermeil, and culminated in the team's first Super Bowl appearance, where they were defeated by the Oakland Raiders.

Offseason

NFL draft

After going 11–5 in the 1979 season and making the playoffs again as a wildcard team, the Eagles found themselves looking to improve through the NFL Draft again.

The 1980 NFL draft was the procedure by which National Football League teams selected amateur college football players. It is officially known as the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting. The draft was held April 29–30, 1979. As was started with the 1977 NFL Draft, this would be 12 rounds. ESPN would cover all 12 rounds live for the first time. This would be over 2 days.

The Philadelphia Eagles would get the 23rd to the 25th pick in the 12 rounds. The Eagles would draft 10 players in this year's draft.

RoundPickPlayerPositionSchool
123Roynell YoungDBAlcorn State University
253Perry HarringtonRBJackson State University
3Traded Pick
4Traded Pick
5135Nate RiversWRSouth Carolina State
6161Greg MurthaTUniversity of Minnesota
7188Terrell WardDBSan Diego State
8218Mike CurcioLBTemple University
9245Bob HarrisTBowling Green
11298Lee JukesWRNorth Carolina State
11302Thomas BrownDEBaylor University
12329Howard FieldsDBBaylor

Personnel

Staff

1980 Philadelphia Eagles staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Lynn Stiles

Roster

1980 Philadelphia Eagles roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams


Rookies in italics

[1]

Regular season

The 1980 season schedule was set by how the Eagles finished in 1979, 2nd in NFC East. The way it was laid out, 4 of the 5 teams in the same division could end up having 10 to 14 common opponents during the 1980 season. Also, when the last regular season game is over you know who you play the next year.

  • A home and away series vs Dallas, New York Giants, St. Louis and Washington = 8 games
  • The top 4 teams in the NFC East play the top 4 teams AFC WEST from the 1979 season = 4 games
  • the 2nd and 3rd place team in NFC Central and NFC West in the 1979 Season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 7, 1980 Denver Broncos W 27–6
70,307
2 September 14, 1980 at Minnesota Vikings W 42–7
46,460
3 September 22, 1980 New York Giants W 35–3
70,767
4 September 28, 1980 at St. Louis Cardinals L 24–14
49,079
5 October 5, 1980 Washington Redskins W 24–14
69,044
6 October 12, 1980 at New York Giants W 31–16
71,051
7 October 19, 1980 Dallas Cowboys W 17–10
70,696
8 October 26, 1980 Chicago Bears W 17–14
68,752
9 November 2, 1980 at Seattle Seahawks W 27–20
61,047
10 November 9, 1980 at New Orleans Saints W 34–21
44,340
11 November 16, 1980 at Washington Redskins W 24–0
51,897
12 November 23, 1980 Oakland Raiders W 10–7
68,535
13 November 30, 1980 at San Diego Chargers L 22–21
51,567
14 December 7, 1980 Atlanta Falcons L 20–17
70,205
15 December 14, 1980 St. Louis Cardinals W 17–3
68,969
16 December 21, 1980 at Dallas Cowboys L 35–27
62,548

Game summaries

[2]

Week 1

1 234Total
Broncos 0 060 6
Eagles 7 1307 27

Week 2

1 234Total
Eagles 14 01414 42
Vikings 0 700 7

Week 3

1 234Total
Giants 3 000 3
Eagles 7 1477 35
  • Date: September 22
  • Location: Veterans Stadium
  • Game start: 9:00 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 70,767
  • Game weather: Partly cloudy; 78°F
  • Referee: Bob Frederic
  • Television network: ABC

Week 4

1 234Total
Eagles 0 707 14
Cardinals 7 377 24

Week 5

1 234Total
Redskins 7 007 14
Eagles 7 1430 24

Week 6

1 234Total
Eagles 0 31414 31
Giants 7 900 16
  • Date: October 12
  • Location: Giants Stadium
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 71,051
  • Game weather: 57°F; wind 16
  • Referee: Gene Barth

Week 7

1 234Total
Cowboys 7 300 10
Eagles 0 1007 17

Week 8

1 234Total
Bears 0 0140 14
Eagles 7 073 17

Week 9

1 234Total
Eagles 0 71010 27
Seahawks 6 077 20
  • Date: November 2
  • Location: Kingdome
  • Game start: 4:00 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 61,047
  • Game weather: Indoors (dome)
  • Referee: Jerry Markbreit

Week 10

1 234Total
Eagles 0 17710 34
Saints 7 770 21

Week 11

1 234Total
Eagles 14 370 24
Redskins 0 000 0
  • Date: November 16
  • Location: RFK Stadium
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 51,897
  • Game weather: 45°F; wind 16
  • Referee: Jerry Seeman

Week 12

1 234Total
Raiders 0 007 7
Eagles 0 037 10

Week 13

1 234Total
Eagles 0 0714 21
Chargers 9 1003 22

Week 14

1 234Total
Falcons 3 773 20
Eagles 0 1403 17

Week 15

1 234Total
Cardinals 0 003 3
Eagles 0 0710 17
  • Date: December 14
  • Location: Veterans Stadium
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 68,969
  • Game weather: Sunny; 44°F
  • Referee: Bob Frederic

Week 16

1 234Total
Eagles 0 01017 27
Cowboys 7 1477 35
  • Harold Carmichael's streak of games with a pass caught is stopped. The Eagles despite losing this game, clinched the NFC East Division on a quirky tie- break scenario.

Standings

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Philadelphia Eagles(2) 12 4 0 .750 6–2 9–3 384 222 L1
Dallas Cowboys(4) 12 4 0 .750 6–2 9–3 454 311 W1
Washington Redskins 6 10 0 .375 4–4 5–7 261 293 W3
St. Louis Cardinals 5 11 0 .313 2–6 4–10 299 350 L2
New York Giants 4 12 0 .250 2–6 3–9 249 425 L2

Playoffs

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Divisional January 3, 1981 Minnesota Vikings W 31–16
68,434
Conference Championship January 11, 1981 Dallas Cowboys W 20–7
70,696
Super Bowl January 25, 1981 Oakland Raiders L 27–10
75,500

Divisional

1 234Total
Vikings 7 720 16
Eagles 0 71410 31

Conference Championship

1 234Total
Cowboys 0 700 7
Eagles 7 0103 20

Super Bowl

1 234Total
Raiders 14 0103 27
Eagles 0 307 10

Awards and honors

References

  1. "1980 Philadelphia Eagles starters and roster". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 10, 2014.
  2. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/phi/1972.htm
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 19, 2009. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
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