1949 Philadelphia Eagles season
OwnerHappy Hundred
Head coachGreasy Neale
Home fieldShibe Park
Local radioWCAU
Results
Record11–1
Division place1st NFL Eastern
Playoff finishWon NFL Championship (at Rams) 14–0

The 1949 Philadelphia Eagles season was the franchise's 17th season in the National Football League. The Eagles won their second-consecutive NFL championship.

Off season

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

NFL Draft

The 1949 NFL draft was held on December 21, 1948. It was 25 rounds long. The Eagles had the Lottery Bonus Pick in the draft and picked 1st. The Eagles chose 26 players total during this draft. They had the last pick in each round as all teams picked in every round. The All-America Football Conference, a rival league signed 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.

Main article: 1949 NFL Draft

1949 Philadelphia Eagles draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 1 Chuck Bednarik *   C Pennsylvania Lottery bonus pick
1 9 Frank Tripucka  QB Notre Dame
2 19 Frank Burns  B Rutgers
3 29 Frank Ziegler *  B Georgia Tech
4 41 Don Panciera  B San Francisco Played with New York Yankees (AAFC)
5 51 Terry Brennan  B Notre Dame
6 58 Warren Huey  E Michigan State
7 71 Frank Gillespie  G Clemson
8 81 Bob Dean  B Cornell
9 91 Jonathan Jenkins  T Dartmouth Played with Baltimore Colts (AAFC)
10 101 Roy Lester  E West Virginia Returned to West Virginia
11 111 Bobby Wilson  B Ole Miss
12 121 Dale Armstrong  E Dartmouth
13 131 Lyle Button  T Illinois
14 141 Bobby Lund  B Tennessee
15 151 Carl Copp  T Vanderbilt
16 161 Frank Reno  E West Virginia
17 171 Leo Skladany  E Pittsburgh
18 181 Russ Strait  B Muhlenberg
19 191 Paul Odom  G Rollins
20 201 Lloyd Brinkman  B Missouri
21 211 Lou Futrell  B USC
22 221 Harvey Kingry  B Colorado Mines
23 231 Hank Kalver  T Oklahoma City
24 241 Fred Leon  T Nevada
25 251 John Schweder  G Pennsylvania
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

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Regular season

Schedule

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

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game recaps

Week 4 at Chi Bears

The Eagles get the only loss of the season against the Chicago Bears in a game played at Wrigley Field 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 his career 22 years and 1 day later on October 17, 1971. Also a placekicker, Blanda had 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: October 16, 1949
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: degrees, wind mph
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Game information

NFL Championship Game

Main article: 1949 NFL Championship Game

Round Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance Recap
Championship December 18 at Los Angeles Rams W 14–0 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 22,245 Recap
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 natural grass

  • Date: December 18, 1949
  • Game time: 1:30 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: Heavy rain
  • Game attendance: 27,980
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Game information

Standings

NFL Eastern Division
W L T PCT DIV PF PA STK
Philadelphia Eagles 11 1 0 .917 8–0 364 134 W8
Pittsburgh Steelers 6 5 1 .545 4–4 224 214 W1
New York Giants 6 6 0 .500 3–5 287 298 L2
Washington Redskins 4 7 1 .364 3–4–1 268 339 L1
New York Bulldogs 1 10 1 .091 1–6–1 153 368 L5

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

Roster

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

= 1949 Pro Bowl[2] = Hall of Famer
NO. Player AGE POS GP GS WT HT YRS College
[3] 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

League Leaders[4]

References

  1. ^ "1949 Philadelphia Eagles Draftees". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved January 29, 2021.
  2. ^ Players are identified as a 1949 All-Star.
  3. ^ "Greasy Neale Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks".
  4. ^ "RotoWire Fantasy Football, Baseball, Basketball and More". Archived from the original on May 14, 2011. Retrieved May 26, 2011.