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1949 Philadelphia Eagles season

1949 Philadelphia Eagles season
Head coach Greasy Neale
Home field Shibe Park
Results
Record 11–1
Division place 1st NFL Eastern
Playoff finish Won NFL Championship
Timeline
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< 1948      1950 >

The 1949 Philadelphia Eagles season, their 17th in the National Football League. The Eagles won their second-consecutive NFL Championship.

Off Season

The Eagles hold training camp for the 1st time at UM North Central Agriculture school in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

NFL Draft

The 1949 NFL Draft was held on December 21, 1948. It would be 25 rounds long. The Eagles had the Lottery Bonus Pick in the draft and picked 1st. The Eagles would choose 26 players total during this draft. They had the last pick in each round as all teams picked in exery round. The All-America Football Conference was still a rival league and signing some of the NFL cast offs and draft picks. With the Bonus and 1st Pick overall, the Eagles took a local hero from the University of Pennsylvania, a center and linebacker, Chuck Bednarik. Along with him, the other future NFL Hall of Famers picked this year were Norm Van Brocklin, George Blanda, and Doak Walker.

Player Selections

The table shows the Eagles selections and what picks they had that were traded away and the team that ended up with that pick. It is possible the Eagles' pick ended up with this team via another team that the Eagles made a trade with. Not shown are acquired picks that the Eagles traded away.

= Pro Bowler [1] = Hall of Famer
Rd Pick Player Position School
1 1 Chuck Bednarik
(Lottery bonus pick)
Center Pennsylvania
1 9 Frank Tripucka Quarterback Notre Dame
2 19 Frank Burns Back Rutgers
3 29 Frank Ziegler Back Georgia Tech
4 41 Don Panciera Back San Francisco
5 51 Terry Brennan Back Notre Dame
6 58 Warren Huey End Michigan State
7 71 Frank Gillespie Guard Clemson
8 81 Bob Dean Back Cornell
9 91 Jonathan Jenkins Tackle Dartmouth
10 101 Roy Lester End West Virginia
11 111 Bobby Wilson Back Mississippi
12 121 Dale Armstrong End Dartmouth
13 131 Lyle Button Tackle Illinois
14 141 Bobby Lund Back Tennessee
15 151 Carl Copp Tackle Vanderbilt
16 161 Frank Reno End West Virginia
17 171 Leo Skladany End Pittsburgh
18 181 Russ Strait Back Muhlenberg
19 191 Paul Odom Guard Rollins
20 201 Lloyd Brinkman Back Missouri
21 211 Lou Futrell Back USC
22 221 Harvey Kingry Back Colorado Mines
23 231 Hank Kalver Tackle Oklahoma City
24 241 Fred Leon Tackle Nevada-Reno
25 251 John "Bull" Schweder[2] Guard Pennsylvania

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 22, 1949 at New York Bulldogs W 7–0
4,355
2 October 3, 1949 at Detroit Lions W 22–14
20,163
3 October 8, 1949 Chicago Cardinals W 28–3
33,716
4 October 16, 1949 at Chicago Bears L 38–21
47,248
5 October 23, 1949 Washington Redskins W 49–14
28,602
6 October 30, 1949 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 38–7
37,840
7 November 6, 1949 Los Angeles Rams W 38–14
38,230
8 November 13, 1949 at Washington Redskins W 44–21
31,170
9 November 20, 1949 New York Bulldogs W 42–0
22,165
10 November 27, 1949 Pittsburgh Steelers W 34–17
22,191
11 December 4, 1949 at New York Giants W 24–3
25,446
12 December 11, 1949 New York Giants W 17–3
21,022

Game Recaps

Week 4 at Chi Bears

The Eagles get the only loss of the season against the Chicago Bears in a game played in Chicago. The last points of the game were made by 22 years 29 days old George Blanda. Blanda would score his last points against Philadelphia in is career 22 years and 1 day later on October 17, 1971. Blanda would have one of the longest pro football careers a total of 26 years.

Week 4: Philadelphia Eagles (3–1) at Chicago Bears (3–1)
1 2 34Total
Eagles 7 7 7021
Bears 7 14 71038

at Wrigley Field on Grass,

  • Date: Sunday, October 16, 1949
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. [1]
Game information
1st quarter
  • Bears – George Gulyanics 1 yard rush (Johnny Lujack kick), Bears 7 – 0
  • Eagles – Pete Pihos 16 yard pass from Tommy Thompson (Cliff Patton kick)Tied 7 – 7
2nd quarter
  • Eagles – Steve Van Buren 50 yard pass from Tommy Thompson (Cliff Patton kick) Eagles 14 – 7
  • Bears – Ken Kavanaugh 32 yard pass from Johnny Lujack (Johnny Lujack kick) Tied 14 – 14
  • Bears – Johnny Lujack 1 yard rush (Johnny Lujack kick) Bears 21 – 14
3rd quarter
  • Bears – Jim Keane 15 yard pass from Johnny Lujack (Johnny Lujack kick) Bears 28 – 14
  • Eagles – Jack Ferrante 64 yard pass from Tommy Thompson (Cliff Patton kick) Bears 28 – 21
4th quarter
  • Bears – George McAfee 54 yard interception return (Johnny Lujack kick) Bears 35 – 21
  • Bears – George Blanda 20 yard field goal, Bears 38 – 21

Team Stats

  • First downs – Phila 14 – Chi 28
  • Rush-yards-TDs – Phila 32–42–0 – Chi 45–200–2
  • Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT – Phila 16–29–213–3–2 – Chi 16–26–257–2–1
  • Sacked-yards – Phila 0–0 – Chi 0–0
  • Net pass yards – Phila 213 – Chi 257
  • Total yards – Phila 255 – Chi 457
  • Fumbles-lost – Phila 0–0 – Chi 0–0
  • Turnovers – Phila 2 – Chi 1
  • Penalties-yards – Phila 4–38 – Chi 9–99
Eastern Division Standing
  • Philadelphia Eagles(3–1–0)
  • Pittsburgh Steelers (3–1–0)
  • New York Giants (2–2–0)
  • Washington Redskins (2–2–0)
  • New York Bulldogs (0–4–0)

NFL Championship Game

Week Date Opponent Result
Championship December 18, 1949 at Los Angeles Rams W 14–0
1949 NFL Championship: Philadelphia Eagles (11–1) at Los Angeles Rams (8–2–2)
1 2 34Total
Eagles 0 7 7014
Rams 0- 0 000

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Grass,

  • Date: Sunday, December 18, 1949
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. [2]
Game information
1st quarter
  • No Scoring
2nd quarter
  • Eagles – Pete Pihos 31 yard pass from Tommy Thompson (Cliff Patton kick), Eagles 7 – 0
3rd quarter
  • Eagles – Leo Skladany 2 yard blocked punt return (Cliff Patton kick), Eagles 14 – 0
4th quarter
  • No Scoring

Team Stats

  • First downs – Phila 1 – LA 7
  • Rush-yards-TDs – Phila 61–274–0 – LA 24–21–0
  • Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT – Phila 5–9–68–1–2 – Chi 10–27–98–0–1
  • Sacked-yards – Phila 0–0 – LA 1–10
  • Net pass yards – Phila 68 – LA 88
  • Total yards – Phila 342 – LA 109
  • Fumbles-lost – Phila 4–1 – LA 1–0
  • Turnovers – Phila 3 – LA 1
  • Penalties-yards – Phila 6–40 – LA 4–25

Standings

NFL Eastern
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Philadelphia Eagles 11 1 0 .917 364 134 W-8
Pittsburgh Steelers 6 5 1 .545 224 214 W-1
New York Giants 6 6 0 .500 287 298 L-2
Washington Redskins 4 7 1 .364 268 339 L-1
New York Bulldogs 1 10 1 .091 153 368 L-5

1949 Roster

(All time List of Philadelphia Eagles players in franchise history)

= 1949 Pro Bowl [3] = Hall of Famer
NO. Player AGE POS GP GS WT HT YRS College
[4] Greasy Neale 58 Coach 1949 record
11–1
Lifetime
57–37–5
9th West Virginia Wesleyan
Neill Armstrong 23 E-DB 12 4 189 6–2 2 Oklahoma State
Walt Barnes 31 G 12 0 238 6–1 1 LSU
60 Chuck Bednarik 24 LB-C 10 7 233 6–3 Rookie Pennsylvania
Russ Craft 30 DB-HB 10 2 178 5–9 3 Alabama
Otis Douglas 38 T 2 0 224 6–1 3 William & Mary
Jack Ferrante 33 E-DE 12 7 197 6–1 8 none
Mario Giannelli 29 MG-G 10 1 265 6–0 1 Boston College
John Green 28 DE-E 7 2 192 6–1 2 Tulsa
Dick Humbert 31 E-DE 11 0 179 6–1 8 Richmond
Mike Jarmoluk 27 DT-T-MG 9 0 232 6–5 3 Temple
Bucko Kilroy 28 G-MG-T-DT 12 12 243 6–2 6 Notre Dame,
Temple
Ben Kish 32 B 7 0 207 6–0 9 Pittsburgh
Vic Lindskog 35 C 5 4 203 6–1 5 Stanford
Jay MacDowell 30 T-DE 8 1 217 6–2 3 Washington
Bill Mackrides 24 QB 7 0 182 5–11 2 Nevada-Reno
John Magee 26 G 12 3 220 5–10 1 La-Lafayette,
Rice
Duke Maronic 28 G 11 2 209 5–9 5 none
Pat McHugh 30 DB-HB 12 0 166 5–11 2 Georgia Tech
Joe Muha 28 FB-LB 12 11 205 6–1 3 VMI
Jack Myers 25 FB-QB-LB 12 3 200 6–2 1 UCLA
Jim Parmer 23 FB-HB 12 1 193 6–0 1 Oklahoma State,
Texas A&M
Cliff Patton 26 G-LB 12 7 243 6–2 3 TCU
Pete Pihos+ 26 E-DE 11 9 210 6–1 2 Indiana
Hal Prescott 29 E 3 0 199 6–1 3 Hardin-Simmons
Bosh Pritchard 30 HB 8 7 164 5–11 7 Georgia Tech,
VMI
Frank Reagan 30 B 12 0 182 5–11 8 Pennsylvania
George Savitsky 25 T 12 0 244 6–2 1 Pennsylvania
Clyde Scott 25 HB-DB 8 2 174 6–0 Rookie Arkansas,
Navy
Vic Sears 31 T-DT 11 11 223 6–3 8 Oregon State
Leo Skladany 22 E 3 1 210 6–1 Rookie Pittsburgh
Tommy Thompson 33 QB 12 9 192 6–1 9 Tulsa
15 Steve Van Buren+ 29 HB 12 10 200 6–0 5 LSU
Al Wistert 29 T-G-DT 12 11 214 6–1 6 Michigan
Alex Wojciechowicz 34 C-LB-E 12 1 217 5–11 11 Fordham
Frank Ziegler 26 HB-DB 10 4 175 5–11 Rookie Georgia Tech
35 Players
Team Average
28.5 12 206.3 6–0.6 3.8

Postseason

The NFL and the AAFC agree to form one league as the NFL. The Philadelphia Eagles are scheduled to meet the AAFC 4 time Champion Cleveland Browns on the 1950 opening weekend in Philadelphia.

Awards and Honors

All-Star Selections

  • Pete Pihos is selected as 1st team End – Defensive End.
  • Steve Van Buren is selected as 1st team Halfback

League Leaders[5]

  • Eagles Lead NFL as Overall Offensive Team.
  • Eagles Lead NFL as Overall Defensive Team.
  • Tommy Thompson finishes 2nd in Pass Completion Pct. with a .542 (214 attempts/116 completions)
  • Tommy Thompson leads in Passer Rating with a 84.4 rating
  • Steve Van Buren leads Rushing Attempts with 263
  • Steve Van Buren leads Rushing Yardage with 1,146 at the time a NFL record for season.
  • Bosh Pritchard leads in Rushing Yards per Attempts Avg. with 6.0 (84 rushes/506 yards 3 td, )
  • Steve Van Buren leads Rushing Touchdowns with 11
  • Cliff Patton leads league with Field Goals with 9 (on 18 attempts)
  • Cliff Patton finishes 2nd in league on Field Goal Attempts with 18
  • Frank Reagan and Clyde Scott are 2nd in Punt Returns for TDs with 1 each.
  • Pat Mchugh and Joe Muha finishes 2nd in Interceptions Returned for TD with 1 each.

References

  • Eagles on Pro Football Reference
  • Eagles on jt-sw.com
  • Eagles on Eagles.net

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