1968 Philadelphia Eagles season
OwnerJerry Wolman
Head coachJoe Kuharich
Home fieldFranklin Field
Results
Record2–12
Division place4th NFL Capitol
Playoff finishDid not qualify

The 1968 Philadelphia Eagles season was the franchise's 36th season in the National Football League (NFL). 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]

Offseason

1968 NFL Draft

Round Pick Player Position School
1 14 Tim Rossovich DE USC
2 39 Cyril Pinder RB Illinois
3 68 Adrian Young LB USC
4 95 Len McNeil G Fresno State
5 122 Mike Dirks T Wyoming
5 124 Mark Nordquist T Pacific
6 150 Thurman Randle T Texas – El Paso
6 157 Dave Martin DB Notre Dame
7 178 Joe Przybycki G Michigan State
8 204 Al Lavan DB Colorado State
9 232 Mike Evans C Boston College
10 258 John Mallory DB West Virginia
11 286 Len Persin DB Boston College
12 312 Thurston Taylor TE Florida State
13 340 George Barron T Mississippi State
14 366 Dan Williamson LB West Virginia
15 394 Joe Graham G Tennessee
16 420 Phil Creel T Northwestern State (LA)
17 448 Joe Forzani LB Utah State
17 459 Frank Antonini RB Parsons


Roster

1968 Philadelphia Eagles roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad



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 at Packers

See also: 1968 Green Bay Packers season

Week One: Philadelphia Eagles (0–0) at Green Bay Packers (0–0)
1 2 34Total
Eagles 3 3 0713
Packers 7 14 6330

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

  • Date: September 15
  • Game attendance: 67 °F (19 °C)
  • Box Score

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

1 2 3 4 Total
New York Giants (2–0–0) 7 10 10 7 34
Philadelphia Eagles (0–2–0) 12 0 7 6 25
Scoring Plays
1st Giants Randy Minniear 2-yard rush (Pete Gogolak kick)
Eagles Alvin Haymond 98-yard kickoff return (kick failed)
Eagles Izzy Lang 23-yard pass from John Huarte (kick failed)
2nd Giants Spider Lockhart 72-yard interception return (Pete Gogolak kick)
Giants Pete Gogolak 20-yard field goal
3rd Eagles Tom Woodeshick 54-yard rush (Sam Baker kick)
Giants Pete Gogolak 30-yard field goal
Giants Joe Morrison 12-yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Pete Gogolak kick)
4th Giants Bobby Duhon 1-yard rush (Pete Gogolak kick)
Eagles Ben 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

1 2 3 4 Total
Dallas Cowboys (3–0–0) 7 7 14 17 45
Philadelphia Eagles (0–3–0) 3 10 0 0 13

Scoring

1st Quarter Scoring Plays

2nd Quarter Scoring Plays

3rd Quarter Scoring Plays

4th Quarter Scoring Plays

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

1 2 3 4 Total
Philadelphia Eagles (0–4–0) 0 0 0 14 14
Washington Redskins (2–2–0) 0 10 7 0 17

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.

1 2 3 4 Total
Philadelphia Eagles (0–5–0) 0 0 7 7 14
Dallas Cowboys (5–0–0) 7 7 7 13 34

Scoring 1st Quarter Scoring Plays

2nd Quarter Scoring Plays

3rd Quarter Scoring Plays

4th Quarter Scoring Plays

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

1 2 3 4 Total
Chicago Bears (2–4–0) 7 6 3 13 29
Philadelphia Eagles (0–6–0) 3 10 3 0 16

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

1 2 3 4 Total
Philadelphia Eagles (0–7–0) 0 3 0 0 3
Pittsburgh Steelers (1–6–0) 0 0 0 6 6
Scoring Plays
2nd Eagles Sam Baker 38-yard field goal
4th Steelers Booth Lusteg 34-yard field goal
Steelers Booth 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

1 2 3 4 Total
St. Louis Cardinals (5–3–0) 7 7 14 17 45
Philadelphia Eagles (0–8–0) 0 10 7 0 17
Scoring Plays
1st Cardinals Jim Hart 1-yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
2nd Eagles Fred Hill 31-yard pass from Norm Snead (Sam Baker kick)
Cardinals Willis Crenshaw 14-yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
Eagles Sam Baker 12-yard field goal
3rd Eagles Tom Woodeshick 12-yard rush (Sam Baker kick)
Cardinals Jim Hart 1-yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
Cardinals Roy Shivers 40-yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
4th Cardinals Roy Shivers 1-yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
Cardinals Jim Bakken 47-yard field goal
Cardinals Roy 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

1 2 3 4 Total
Washington Redskins (4–5–0) 3 6 7 0 16
Philadelphia Eagles (0–9–0) 0 3 0 7 10
SCORING PLAYS
1st Redskins Charlie Gogolak 15-yard field goal
2nd Redskins Charlie Gogolak 25-yard field goal
Eagles Sam Baker 37-yard field goal
Redskins Charlie Gogolak 9-yard field goal
3rd Redskins Gerry Allen 1-yard rush (Charlie Gogolak kick)
4th Eagles Ben 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

1 2 3 4 Total
Philadelphia Eagles (0–10–0) 3 3 0 0 6
New York Giants (7–3–0) 0 7 0 0 7
SCORING PLAYS
1st Eagles Sam Baker 19-yard field goal
2nd Giants Bobby Duhon 33-yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Pete Gogolak kick)
Eagles Sam 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

1 2 3 4 Total
Philadelphia Eagles (0–11–0) 0 6 0 7 13
Cleveland Browns (8–3–0) 10 10 14 13 47

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.

1 2 3 4 Total
Philadelphia Eagles (1–11–0) 3 3 3 3 12
Detroit Lions (3–7–2) 0 0 0 0 0

Scoring

1st Quarter Scoring Plays

2nd Quarter Scoring Plays

3rd Quarter Scoring Plays

4th Quarter Scoring Plays

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.

1 2 3 4 Total
New Orleans Saints (3–9–1) 7 7 3 0 17
Philadelphia Eagles (2–11–0) 0 13 2 14 29

Scoring

1st Quarter Scoring Plays

2nd Quarter Scoring Plays

3rd Quarter Scoring Plays

4th Quarter Scoring Plays

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]

1 2 3 4 Total
Minnesota Vikings (8–6–0) 0 7 7 10 24
Philadelphia Eagles (2–12–0) 0 7 3 7 17
SCORING PLAYS
2nd Eagles Gary Ballman 5-yard pass from Norm Snead (Sam Baker kick)
Vikings Bill Brown 57-yard pass from Joe Kapp (Fred Cox kick)
3rd Vikings Gene Washington 30-yard pass from Joe Kapp (Fred Cox kick)
Eagles Sam Baker 25-yard field goal
4th Vikings Joe Kapp 2-yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
Eagles Fred Hill 12-yard pass from Norm Snead (Sam Baker kick)
Vikings Fred 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

References

  1. ^ 1968 Philadelphia Eagles
  2. ^ Mihoces, Gary (November 27, 2003). "Santa snowball incident shrouded in myth". USA Today. Retrieved October 5, 2009.
  3. ^ "Pro Football Statistics and History".
  4. ^ "Philly booed Santa, but Santa still smiles", espn.com
  5. ^ "For Eagles Fans: The Truth About The 'Boo'", Gloucester City (NJ) News, December 31, 2017