2017 Philadelphia Eagles season

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2017 Philadelphia Eagles season
Head coachDoug Pederson
General managerHowie Roseman
OwnerJeffrey Lurie
Home fieldLincoln Financial Field
Results
Record13–3
Division place1st NFC East
Playoff finishWon Divisional Playoffs (Falcons) 15–10
Won NFC Championship (Vikings) 38–7
Won Super Bowl LII (vs. Patriots) 41–33
Pro Bowlers

The 2017 Philadelphia Eagles season was the franchise's 85th season in the National Football League, the 15th playing their home games at Lincoln Financial Field, and the second under head coach Doug Pederson.

The Eagles improved their 7–9 record from 2016, reaching a record of 13–3, and tying their 2004 season for the highest winning percentage in franchise history. Their win against the Los Angeles Rams allowed them to clinch the division title for the first time since 2013, but came with the loss of Carson Wentz to a torn ACL. A close win against the New York Giants in Week 15 helped the Eagles clinch a first-round bye for the first time in 13 years, and a Christmas Night home win over the Oakland Raiders allowed the Eagles to clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs for the first time since 2004.

The Eagles defeated the Atlanta Falcons 15–10 in the Divisional Round and routed the Minnesota Vikings 38–7 in the NFC Championship. The win against the Falcons in the divisional round was their first playoff win since 2008. The Eagles were the first No. 1 seed in the playoffs since 1980 to be an underdog in the Divisional Round, as well as in the Conference Championship. In total, six Eagles players were selected for the Pro Bowl, including four first-time recipients. However, none of them participated due to preparations for Super Bowl LII.

The Eagles defeated the New England Patriots by a score of 41–33 in Super Bowl LII for their first Super Bowl victory in franchise history. It was also their fourth NFL Championship, and their first league title since 1960. This was the second time the Eagles and Patriots battled in a Super Bowl; when they met in Super Bowl XXXIX, the Patriots won 24–21. Backup quarterback Nick Foles was named Super Bowl MVP and became the first backup to receive this award since his opponent, Tom Brady, did in Super Bowl XXXVI. The Eagles defeated both Super Bowl teams from the previous NFL season (the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons) in the playoffs. They also defeated both teams who had beaten them in their only two previous Super Bowl appearances. They defeated the Oakland Raiders in the regular season, who beat them in Super Bowl XV and the Patriots in the Super Bowl, who previously beat them in Super Bowl XXXIX.

Roster changes[edit]

Free agents[edit]

Position Player Tag 2017 Team Notes
RB Kenjon Barner UFA Philadelphia Eagles Signed 1-year deal
DE Bryan Braman UFA Philadelphia Eagles Signed 1-year deal
TE Trey Burton RFA Philadelphia Eagles Signed 1-year tender
CB Nolan Carroll UFA Dallas Cowboys Signed 3-year deal
LB Najee Goode RFA Philadelphia Eagles Signed 1-year deal
DT Bennie Logan UFA Kansas City Chiefs Signed 1-year deal
LB Stephen Tulloch UFA Retired
S Jaylen Watkins RFA Philadelphia Eagles Signed 1-year deal
RB Terrell Watson UFA Pittsburgh Steelers Signed 1-year deal
C Stefen Wisniewski UFA Philadelphia Eagles Signed 3-year deal
Player re-signed by the Eagles

Free agent signings[edit]

Position Player Tag 2016 Team Date signed Notes
WR Torrey Smith UFA San Francisco 49ers March 9 Signed 3-year/$15 million deal
WR Alshon Jeffery UFA Chicago Bears March 9 Signed 1-year/$14 million deal
OG Chance Warmack UFA Tennessee Titans March 9 Signed 1-year/$1.51 million deal
QB Nick Foles UFA Kansas City Chiefs March 13 Signed 2-year/$11 Million deal
DE Chris Long UFA New England Patriots March 28 Signed 2-year deal
CB Patrick Robinson UFA Indianapolis Colts March 28 Signed 1-year deal
QB Matt McGloin UFA Oakland Raiders April 10 Signed 1-year/$800k deal
RB LeGarrette Blount UFA New England Patriots May 17 Signed 1-year/$2.8 million deal

Departures[edit]

Pos. Player Age 2017 Team
CB Nolan Carroll 30 Dallas Cowboys
OLB Connor Barwin 30 Los Angeles Rams
DT Bennie Logan 27 Kansas City Chiefs
QB Chase Daniel 30 New Orleans Saints
QB Aaron Murray 26 Los Angeles Rams
CB Leodis McKelvin 31 FA
WR Dorial Green-Beckham 24 FA
DE Marcus Smith II 25 Seattle Seahawks
RB Ryan Mathews 29 FA

Trades[edit]

Draft[edit]

2017 Philadelphia Eagles draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 14 Derek Barnett  DE Tennessee
2 43 Sidney Jones  CB Washington
3 99 Rasul Douglas  CB West Virginia
4 118 Mack Hollins  WR North Carolina
4 132 Donnel Pumphrey  RB San Diego St
5 166 Shelton Gibson  WR West Virginia
5 184 Nathan Gerry  LB Nebraska
6 214 Elijah Qualls  DT Washington
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Notes

  • The Eagles traded their original 2017 first-round selection (No. 12 overall), their first-, third- and fourth-round selections in 2016, as well as a 2018 second-round selection to the Cleveland Browns, in exchange for the Browns' 2016 first-round selection and the Browns fourth-round compensatory selection (No. 139 overall).
  • The Eagles acquired an additional first-round selection, along with a 2018 fourth-round selection in a trade that sent quarterback Sam Bradford to the Minnesota Vikings.
  • The Eagles traded their third-round selection (No. 74 overall) to the Baltimore Ravens for DT Timmy Jernigan and one of the Ravens third-round selections (No. 99 overall).
Undrafted Free Agents
Player Position College
Tyler Orlosky C West Virginia
Billy Brown TE Shepherd
Victor Salako OT Oklahoma State
Greg Ward Jr. WR Houston
Cameron Johnston P Ohio State
Corey Clement RB Wisconsin
Winston Craig DT Richmond
Jomal Wiltz CB Iowa State
Tre Sullivan S Shepherd
Randall Goforth CB UCLA
Jerod Evans QB Virginia Tech
Charles Walker DT Oklahoma

Staff[edit]

2017 Philadelphia Eagles staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Final roster[edit]

2017 Philadelphia Eagles final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 11 Inactive, 10 Practice squad

Preseason[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 10 at Green Bay Packers L 9–24 0–1 Lambeau Field Recap
2 August 17 Buffalo Bills W 20–16 1–1 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
3 August 24 Miami Dolphins W 38–31 2–1 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
4 August 31 at New York Jets L 10–16 2–2 MetLife Stadium Recap

Regular season[edit]

The Eagles began their 2017 season on the road against the Washington Redskins and won 30-17. However, the team lost the following week to the Kansas City Chiefs in Doug Pederson's return to face his mentor and the team's former coach, Andy Reid. Then the Eagles went on a nine-game win streak which consisted of dominant home wins over the Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos and Chicago Bears. However, their win streak came to an end at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks in Week 13 by a score of 24-10 in Seattle. But the team bounced back and won 43-35 over the Los Angeles Rams, which gave them the NFC East title, but Carson Wentz tore his ACL in that game, causing Nick Foles to finish off the win and become starter for the rest of the season. In his first start against the New York Giants, the Eagles trailed 20-7 but Foles threw four touchdowns for a close 34-29 win over the Giants to help the Eagles take a first-round bye in the 2017 postseason. Foles then began to struggle in Week 16 against the Oakland Raiders, throwing a touchdown and an interception and missing his receivers; as a result, the Eagles defense and special teams had to carry the offensive line for a 19-10 win on a cold Christmas night to seal home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. The Eagles went on to lose a meaningless Week 17 game to the Dallas Cowboys in a shutout score of 6-0 in Nate Sudfeld's debut as an Eagle, but they finished with a record of 13-3, tying their 2004 season for that record.

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 10 at Washington Redskins W 30–17 1–0 FedExField Recap
2 September 17 at Kansas City Chiefs L 20–27 1–1 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
3 September 24 New York Giants W 27–24 2–1 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
4 October 1 at Los Angeles Chargers W 26–24 3–1 StubHub Center Recap
5 October 8 Arizona Cardinals W 34–7 4–1 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
6 October 12 at Carolina Panthers W 28–23 5–1 Bank of America Stadium Recap
7 October 23 Washington Redskins W 34–24 6–1 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
8 October 29 San Francisco 49ers W 33–10 7–1 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
9 November 5 Denver Broncos W 51–23 8–1 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
10 Bye
11 November 19 at Dallas Cowboys W 37–9 9–1 AT&T Stadium Recap
12 November 26 Chicago Bears W 31–3 10–1 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
13 December 3 at Seattle Seahawks L 10–24 10–2 CenturyLink Field Recap
14 December 10 at Los Angeles Rams W 43–35 11–2 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Recap
15 December 17 at New York Giants W 34–29 12–2 MetLife Stadium Recap
16 December 25 Oakland Raiders W 19–10 13–2 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
17 December 31 Dallas Cowboys L 0–6 13–3 Lincoln Financial Field Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1: at Washington Redskins[edit]

Week One: Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Eagles 7 9 31130
Redskins 0 14 3017

at FedExField, Landover, Maryland

Game information

The Eagles kicked off the 2017 season on the road against the Redskins. The Eagles started off with two TD passes from Carson Wentz to give them a 13–0 lead. (Kicker Caleb Sturgis missed an extra point after the 2nd TD.) However, the Redskins came back with a Ryan Kerrigan pick six and a TD pass from Kirk Cousins to RB Chris Thompson to give them a 14–13 lead late in second quarter. The lead was very short lived, however, as the Eagles responded with a field goal to give them a 16–14 lead at the half. The third quarter only consisted of field goals. The Eagles led 22–17 at the end of the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, Kirk Cousins fumbled the ball which Eagles' DE Fletcher Cox recovered for a TD to seal an Eagles victory. This was the Eagles first win against the Redskins since September 2014, ending a five-game losing streak to their division rival. This was also the Eagles first win at FedExField since 2013.

With the win, the Eagles started 1–0 for the sixth time in their last seven season openers.

Week 2: at Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Week Two: Philadelphia Eagles at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Eagles 3 0 71020
Chiefs 3 3 71427

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information

In Week 2, Doug Pederson faced off for the first time against his mentor, Andy Reid, as the Eagles traveled to Arrowhead Stadium to take on the Kansas City Chiefs. In a surprisingly defensive dominated game, the Chiefs led 6–3 at halftime, following a missed field goal to close out the first half by Eagles rookie kicker Jake Elliott. The Eagles took a 10–6 lead in the third quarter, with Carson Wentz finding his new wide receiver, Alshon Jeffery for their first touchdown connection of the year. Chiefs rookie running back Kareem Hunt answered with a 53-yard touchdown run, and fourth quarter touchdowns by Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce and Hunt opened up the lead to 27–13 with just over 2 minutes remaining in the game. Wentz led the Eagles on a scoring drive, finding Nelson Agholor in the back of the end zone with 8 seconds left in the game. The Eagles recovered the ensuing onside kick, but a Hail Mary pass to end the game fell incomplete. Eagles running back LeGarrette Blount had 1 carry for zero yards in the game, and Pederson received heat post game for not running the ball enough. The Eagles fell to 1–1 on the season.

Week 3: vs. New York Giants[edit]

Week Three: New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Giants 0 0 02424
Eagles 0 7 71327

at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Game information

Heading into this game, there were many questions on the run game especially on Legarrette Blount as well as the offensive line who have struggled through the first two games. Plus, the Eagles were dealing with injuries on defense to S Rodney McLeod, CB Ronald Darby and backup S Corey Graham leaving Malcolm Jenkins and Chris Maragos the only healthy safeties.

Despite all of the setbacks, The Eagles hosted the 0–2 Giants who have only scored 13 points through the first 2 weeks of the season. Both teams started off in slow fashion, with no first quarter points. A LeGarrette Blount 1 yard touchdown run in the second quarter were the only points of the first half, after the Eagles stopped the Giants from reaching the end zone from 1 yard out to close out the first half. Coming out in the third quarter with a 7–0 lead, the Eagles added the only points of the third quarter with Carson Wentz finding tight end Zach Ertz for a 3-yard touchdown. The Eagles defense (who were playing a solid game) broke down in the fourth quarter allowing the Giants to score 21 unanswered points to start the fourth quarter, as quarterback Eli Manning found his all pro wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. twice for touchdowns, and second year wide receiver Sterling Shepard once for a 77-yard touchdown. Fletcher Cox left the game with a calf injury. Eagles rookie running back Corey Clement ran for a 15-yard touchdown to tie the score at 21. After exchanging field goals, Wentz and the Eagles offense took over, looking to move into field goal range. Wentz connected with Alshon Jeffery for a 17-yard pass, setting up a Jake Elliott 61 yard field goal attempt with 1 second remaining. Elliott converted on the 61 yard attempt, the longest in Eagles franchise history as time expired. Wentz was quietly efficient in the game, completing 21 of 31 attempts for 176 yards and one touchdown despite playing behind a struggling offensive line. The win came at an expense, as running back Darren Sproles was ruled out for the remainder of the season with a broken arm and torn ACL, both of which occurred on the same play. Despite this injury, the Eagles ran the ball efficiently through most of the game.

With the close win, the Eagles advanced to 2–1 tying the Cowboys and the Redskins for first place in the NFC East while the Giants fell to 0–3 in the basement of the division.

Week 4: at Los Angeles Chargers[edit]

Week Four: Philadelphia Eagles at Los Angeles Chargers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Eagles 10 6 3726
Chargers 0 10 01424

at StubHub Center, Carson, California

Game information

The Eagles travelled to the west coast to take on the Los Angeles Chargers. Many Eagle fans invaded StubHub Center making it an unofficial home game for the Eagles (This would later be dubbed Lincoln Financial Field west by fans on Twitter). The Eagles jumped out to a 7–0 lead early, after Chris Long forced a fumble to set up an 8-yard touchdown pass from Carson Wentz to Alshon Jeffery. The Eagles would score on their first 5 drives of the game. Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers found Tyrell Williams for a 75-yard touchdown pass, trimming the lead to 13–7 midway through the 2nd quarter. The Eagles responded with a field goal to extend the lead. But, Chargers kicker Younghoe Koo kicked a field goal the change the scoreboard to 16–10 before halftime. The Eagles were up 19–17 when running back Wendell Smallwood ran for a three-yard touchdown, increasing the lead to 26–17. A touchdown drive capped off by Philip Rivers finding second year tight end Hunter Henry with 6:44 left in the game made the score 26–24. Riding LeGarrette Blount and his 136 yards, which included a 68-yard run, the Eagles were able to grind out the remaining time on the clock and hold on for their second close win in a row. The Eagles were overall efficient on offense. The defense played well despite giving up big plays and allowing Philip Rivers to throw 347 yards.

With the win, the Eagles advanced to 3–1 maintaining a narrow 1 game lead in the NFC East.

Week 5: vs. Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Week Five: Arizona Cardinals at Philadelphia Eagles – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Cardinals 0 7 007
Eagles 21 0 10334

at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Game information

The Eagles scored early and often in this game, for their first blowout win of the season. Carson Wentz found tight ends Trey Burton and Zach Ertz for early touchdowns, and later connected with wide receiver Torrey Smith for a 59-yard touchdown to finish the first quarter. Following Smith's touchdown, the Eagles unveiled their baseball home run celebration for the first time all season. The closest the Cardinals came was in the second quarter when they trailed 21–7 following a John Brown 13 yard touchdown. In the mid third quarter, on 3rd and 19, Wentz found wide receiver Nelson Agholor for a 72-yard touchdown pass, on which Agholor juked rookie safety Budda Baker and finished the play with the Nestea Plunge. The final score was 34–7, and Wentz threw for four touchdowns, including three first quarter TD passes.

Week 6: at Carolina Panthers[edit]

Week Six: Philadelphia Eagles at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Eagles 3 7 11728
Panthers 3 7 6723

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Game information

Coming off a 34–7 drubbing of the Arizona Cardinals, the Eagles (4–1) travelled to take on the Carolina Panthers (4–1). The Eagles drove into Panthers territory on their first possession of the game, but a Julius Peppers strip sack against Halapoulivaati Vaitai, who was filling in for a concussed Lane Johnson. The Panthers led 10–3, with their only TD coming from a 16-yard touchdown run from quarterback Cam Newton. Late in the second quarter, rookie cornerback Rasul Douglas intercepted Cam Newton deep in Panthers territory, leading to a Zach Ertz 1 yard touchdown reception. The Eagles opened up the second half with another Zach Ertz touchdown, a 17-yard strike from Carson Wentz. Leading 21–16 after three quarters, the Eagles opened up the fourth quarter with Carson Wentz hooking up with wide receiver Nelson Agholor for a 24-yard touchdown. Cam Newton led the Panthers on a long touchdown drive, trimming the score to 28–23. A late interception by cornerback Jalen Mills and a fourth down stop by the Eagles defense sealed the Eagles fifth victory of the season, and proved they were a legitimate contender in the NFC.

Week 7: vs. Washington Redskins[edit]

Week Seven: Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Redskins 3 7 7724
Eagles 0 17 71034

at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Game information

Following the 28–23 victory on Thursday Night Football against the Panthers, the Eagles returned home for the next 3 games and were once again in a prime time matchup; this time, a Monday Night matchup against the Washington Redskins. The Eagles started off the game in sluggish fashion, and after being backed up over 20 yards due to penalties on their first drive of the game, Carson Wentz threw his 4th interception of the season. After exchanging field goals, Redskins running back Chris Thompson caught a 7-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kirk Cousins. Wentz and the Eagles responded with an offensive outburst to end the first half. Wentz found rookie wide receiver Mack Hollins for a 64-yard touchdown, and later found tight end Zach Ertz for a four-yard strike to end the first half. The Eagles increased their lead to 24–10 early in the third quarter, with Wentz finding rookie running back Corey Clement on a beautiful throw in the corner of the end zone. The Redskins responded at the end of the third, with Kirk Cousins finding tight end Jordan Reed for a five-yard touchdown. Once again, Wentz led the Eagles down the field, capping of the drive with a 10-yard touchdown to Nelson Agholor. A Jake Elliott field goal later in the quarter opened the lead to 34–17, and the Eagles went on to win 34–24. Wentz once again was in MVP form, completing 17/25 attempts for 268 yards and 4 TDs. However, the win came at a cost, as future Hall of Fame left tackle Jason Peters was lost for the season with a torn ACL, and starting middle linebacker Jordan Hicks was also lost for the season with a ruptured achilles.

With the win, the Eagles improved to 6-1 and swept the Skins for the first time since 2013.

Week 8: vs. San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Week Eight: San Francisco 49ers at Philadelphia Eagles – Game summary
1 2 34Total
49ers 0 0 7310
Eagles 3 14 10633

at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Date: October 29
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 67 °F (19 °C), rain
  • Game attendance: 69,596
  • Referee: Clete Blakeman
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kenny Albert, Charles Davis and Pam Oliver
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

The Eagles looked to win their 6th game in a row against the winless 49ers. The Eagles got off to a slow start, only leading 3–0 after the first quarter. Late in the second quarter, the Eagles blew the game open. Carson Wentz found tight end Zach Ertz for a 1-yard touchdown in the back of the end zone off of a bootleg pass, and Jalen Mills intercepted rookie QB C.J. Beathard and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown. The 49ers appeared to have some life in the third quarter, following a Carson Wentz interception, leading to a Matt Breida 22 yard touchdown reception. However, the Eagles responded, with Wentz connecting with Alshon Jeffery for a 53-yard touchdown, putting the game out of reach. The Eagles went on to win 33–10 and advanced to 7–1 on the season. Despite the win, the Eagles played a sloppy game in a rainy afternoon at the Linc.

Week 9: vs. Denver Broncos[edit]

Week Nine: Denver Broncos at Philadelphia Eagles – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Broncos 3 6 01423
Eagles 17 14 13751

at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Game information

Heading into the game, there was a lot of hype surrounding new Eagles running back Jay Ajayi who was traded prior to the NFL trade deadline. The Eagles looked to improve to 8–1 for the first time since 2004 as they took on the Denver Broncos. The Broncos named Brock Osweiler as their starting quarterback, replacing Trevor Siemian. The Broncos took their only lead of the game on an opening drive that resulted with a Brandon McManus 53 yard field goal. Despite missing tight end Zach Ertz who was out with a hamstring injury, the Eagles offense didn't miss a beat. On their opening drive of the game, Carson Wentz faked a handoff to newly acquired running back Jay Ajayi, and found Alshon Jeffery wide open for a 32-yard touchdown down the right sideline. Later in the first quarter, slot cornerback Patrick Robinson picked off Brock Osweiler on an intended pass to Demaryius Thomas, setting up a Corey Clement 15 yard touchdown reception, on a screen pass. The Eagles responded to another Brandon McManus field goal with a 27-yard touchdown connection between Wentz and tight end Trey Burton. Following McManus' third field goal of the first half, Jay Ajayi found the end zone for the first time with the Eagles, with a 46-yard touchdown run to close the first half. The Eagles led 31–9 at half time, and following a third quarter touchdown run by Corey Clement and touchdown reception by Alshon Jeffery, the Eagles led 44–9. The final score was 51–23, which was virtually a mirror of their last meeting in 2013, and Corey Clement finished the day with three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving). With the win, the Eagles went into the bye week with the best start since 2004. They had also surpassed their win total from last season where they only got 7 wins. Furthermore; this was the third largest victory at Lincoln Financial Field since the 54–11 win over the Bears in 2013 and the largest victory in the Doug Pederson era.

Week 11: at Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Week Eleven: Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Eagles 7 0 161437
Cowboys 6 3 009

at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Game information

The Eagles travelled to Dallas to take on the Cowboys, who were missing RB Ezekiel Elliott (Suspension), LT Tyron Smith (Groin), and LB Sean Lee (Hamstring). In a game that the Eagles were expected to dominate, the Eagles started off slow in the first half with Dallas leading 9–7 at halftime. Kicker Jake Elliott was ruled out for the game with a concussion, forcing the Eagles to use backup linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill for kickoffs, and to go for two point conversions. The Eagles converted three of four two point conversions, as their touchdowns came on the ground from both Kenjon Barner and Corey Clement, and through the air, with Carson Wentz finding Torrey Smith for an 11-yard TD and Alshon Jeffery for a 17-yard TD on fourth down. Late in the fourth quarter, rookie defensive end Derek Barnett notched his 2nd sack of the game, a strip sack of Dak Prescott, leading to a Nigel Bradham 37 yard scoop and score. The Eagles harassed Dak Prescott all game, sacking him 4 times, intercepting him three times, and forcing one fumble. With this win, the Eagles improved to 9–1 and improved their lead in the NFC East.

Week 12: vs. Chicago Bears[edit]

Week Twelve: Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bears 0 0 303
Eagles 7 17 0731

at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Game information

With the Eagles heading into this game at 9–1, they looked to take down the 3–7 Chicago Bears. The Eagles blew out the Bears with a final score of 31–3 and improved to 10–1 on the season. The Eagles held the Bears to no first downs in the first half, and led 24–0 at halftime. Zach Ertz became the first Eagles receiver of 2017 to record at least 100 receiving yards in a game, catching 10 passes for 103 yards and a touchdown. Alshon Jeffery had 5 receptions for 52 yards and a touchdown. Nelson Agholor added 3 receptions for 32 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown, and recovered a Jay Ajayi fumble for a touchdown late in the game. Carson Wentz continued his MVP campaign, completing 23 of 36 passes, for 227 yards, and 3 touchdowns. The Eagles defense stymied Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears offense, holding running back Jordan Howard to 6 yards on 7 rushes. Malcolm Jenkins and Corey Graham each added one interception.

Week 13: at Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Week Thirteen: Philadelphia Eagles at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Eagles 0 3 0710
Seahawks 10 0 7724

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

  • Date: December 3
  • Game time: 8:30 p.m. EST/5:30 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 44 °F (7 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 69,075
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

The Eagles struggled throughout this game with penalties and scoring blows that led them losing 24-10 to the Seattle Seahawks. With the loss, the Eagles snapped their 9-game winning streak, lost to Seattle for the fourth time since 2008 and fell to 10-2. The loss dropped them to a tie with the Minnesota Vikings for top seed in the NFC.

Week 14: at Los Angeles Rams[edit]

Week Fourteen: Philadelphia Eagles at Los Angeles Rams – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Eagles 14 10 71243
Rams 7 7 14735

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

  • Date: December 10
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. EST/1:25 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 83 °F (28 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 67,752
  • Referee: Craig Wrolstad
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Erin Andrews
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

The 10-2 Eagles bounced back from last week's heartbreaking 24-10 loss to Seattle, and for the first time since 2013, the Eagles clinched the NFC East title. However, Carson Wentz suffered an apparent knee injury while trying to dive for a touchdown late in the third quarter. He did throw a touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffery before being ruled out for the game's remainder. The Eagles were already without Darren Sproles, Jason Peters and Jordan Hicks for the rest of the year. Nick Foles would come in and replace Wentz. This was also the first matchup of the Jared Goff-Carson Wentz rivalry. Trailing by two in the final seconds, the Rams attempted a last second comeback through lateral passes, but to no avail as a pass was fumbled with no time left on the clock, and returned by Brandon Graham for one more touchdown to add six to their lead.

With the win, the Eagles advanced to 11-2 and clinched the NFC East. They also got back the #1 seed thanks to a Vikings loss to the Panthers earlier in the day.

The day after the game, Wentz was revealed to have torn his ACL, officially ending his season and making Nick Foles the starting quarterback for the rest of the season.

Week 15: at New York Giants[edit]

Week Fifteen: Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Eagles 7 14 10334
Giants 13 10 6029

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Game information

The Philadelphia Eagles headed into Week 15 of the 2017 NFL Season at 11-2. With them clinching the NFC East in Week 14 in a win against the Rams, the Eagles were now fighting for the 1st seed in the NFC playoffs, home-field advantage, and a first-round bye. This was the first week that the Eagles played without MVP-candidate, Carson Wentz after he went down with a torn ACL in Week 14 which ended his season. Backup quarterback, Nick Foles led the Eagles offense for his first time since 2014. The Eagles quickly fell behind 6-0 in the first few minutes of the 1st as Eli Manning and the New York Giants marched down the field and scored on their opening possession. The Eagles responded with a 3-yard pass from Nick Foles to Alshon Jeffery and went up 7-6. Towards the end of the 1st, the Giants scored again with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Tavarres King to put them up 13-7. In the beginning of the second quarter, the Giants continued to show dominance as Eli Manning threw a 67-yard touchdown pass to put the Giants up 20-7. Nick Foles and the offense would eventually close the gap to bring the Eagles within two points at halftime with the Giants leading 23-21. The Eagles would eventually take the lead off of a 28-yard field goal from Jake Elliot to put them up 24-23. In the middle of the fourth, Nelson Agholor caught a 10-yard pass from Nick Foles which gave the Eagles a 31-23 lead. The Giants responded with a score of their own, a 57-yard touchdown pass to Tavarres King which cut the Eagles lead to 31-29 after a failed attempt at a tying 2-point conversion. In the fourth, Jake Elliott hit a 20-yard field goal to put the Eagles up 34-29. The Eagles won the game 34-29 on a last minute defensive stop in their own territory.

With this win, the Eagles improved to a league-best 12-2 and clinched a first-round bye for the first time since 2004.

Despite the win, the defense played a terrible game against a woeful Giants team that has been decimated with injuries since the two teams met in Week 3.

Week 16: vs. Oakland Raiders[edit]

NFL Christmas Games

Week Sixteen: Oakland Raiders at Philadelphia Eagles – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Raiders 0 7 3010
Eagles 7 0 3919

at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Date: December 25
  • Game time: 8:30 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 29 °F (−2 °C), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 69,596
  • Referee: Ronald Torbert
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden and Lisa Salters
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

This game prove to be the opposite of the previous game as the defense and special teams had to carry the team to a 19-10 win over the Oakland Raiders. The Eagles start off solid with a Nick Foles TD pass to Jay Ajayi to put them up 7-0, but coming in the second quarter, Derek Carr threw a 36-yard pass to Amari Cooper to tie things up at 7. Jake Elliott missed a 33-yard field goal thus leaving the game tied at 7 at halftime. In the third quarter the Raiders take a 10-7 lead with a Giorgio Tavecchio kick, but the Eagles responded later with a Jake Elliott field goal to tie the game up at 10 after a turnover and pick battle. Defensive efforts and poor offense by both teams caused them to trade punts going into the fourth quarter. Tavecchio missed a 48-yarder and Derek Carr threw another pick, which leads to Jake Elliott nailing a 48-yarder of his own to put the Eagles up 13-10. With only 3 seconds left, the Raiders try to lateral the ball, but end up fumbling it, and Derek Barnett ran it in to the end zone as time expires to put up six more points, making the final score 19-10.

With the win the Eagles would improve to 13-2 on the season and clinch the No.1 seed and home-field advantage throughout the NFC Playoffs.

Despite the achievements, the offense played poorly. The defense stepped up after the Amari Cooper touchdown.

Week 17: vs. Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Week Seventeen: Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Cowboys 0 0 066
Eagles 0 0 000

at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Game information

In a meaningless Week 17 game for both teams and in a mirror image of last year's season finale, the 13-2 Eagles rested several of their starters while playing others briefly. Nick Foles stayed in for one quarter, struggling to a stat line of 4 completions in 11 attempts, for 39 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Third-string quarterback Nate Sudfeld replaced Foles for the remaining three quarters, throwing 19 completions in 23 attempts, for 134 yards, no touchdowns, and no interceptions. Dak Prescott's 20 yard touchdown pass to Brice Butler early in the fourth quarter was the only score all game and the Cowboys prevailed 6-0.

With the loss, the Eagles dropped to 13-3 and were unable to set a franchise record for most wins in a 16-game season (the 2017 Eagles tied the 2004 team with 13 wins).

Despite only playing for a quarter, Foles played poorly for the second straight week. This wound up questioning many Eagle fans and sportswriters about how they would perform in the playoffs: setting the stage for the underdogs.

Standings[edit]

Division[edit]

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(1) Philadelphia Eagles 13 3 0 .813 5–1 10–2 457 295 L1
Dallas Cowboys 9 7 0 .563 5–1 7–5 354 332 W1
Washington Redskins 7 9 0 .438 1–5 5–7 342 388 L1
New York Giants 3 13 0 .188 1–5 1–11 246 388 W1

Conference[edit]

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division leaders
1[a] Philadelphia Eagles East 13 3 0 .813 5–1 10–2 .461 .433 L1
2[a] Minnesota Vikings North 13 3 0 .813 5–1 10–2 .492 .447 W3
3[b] Los Angeles Rams West 11 5 0 .688 4–2 7–5 .504 .460 L1
4[b][c] New Orleans Saints South 11 5 0 .688 4–2 8–4 .535 .483 L1
Wild Cards
5[c] Carolina Panthers South 11 5 0 .688 3–3 7–5 .539 .500 L1
6 Atlanta Falcons South 10 6 0 .625 4–2 9–3 .543 .475 W1
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7[d] Detroit Lions North 9 7 0 .563 5–1 8–4 .496 .368 W1
8[d] Seattle Seahawks West 9 7 0 .563 4–2 7–5 .492 .444 L1
9[d] Dallas Cowboys East 9 7 0 .563 5–1 7–5 .496 .438 W1
10 Arizona Cardinals West 8 8 0 .500 3–3 5–7 .488 .406 W2
11[e] Green Bay Packers North 7 9 0 .438 2–4 5–7 .539 .357 L3
12[e] Washington Redskins East 7 9 0 .438 1–5 5–7 .539 .429 L1
13 San Francisco 49ers West 6 10 0 .375 1–5 3–9 .512 .438 W5
14[f] Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 5 11 0 .313 1–5 3–9 .555 .375 W1
15[f] Chicago Bears North 5 11 0 .313 0–6 1–11 .559 .500 L1
16 New York Giants East 3 13 0 .188 1–5 1–11 .531 .458 W1
Tiebreakers[g]
  1. ^ a b Philadelphia claimed the No. 1 seed over Minnesota based on winning percentage vs. common opponents. Philadelphia's cumulative record against Carolina, Chicago,
    LA Rams and Washington was 5–0, compared to Minnesota's 4–1 cumulative record against the same four teams.
  2. ^ a b LA Rams claimed the No. 3 seed over New Orleans based on head-to-head victory.
  3. ^ a b New Orleans clinched the NFC South division over Carolina based on head-to-head sweep.
  4. ^ a b c Detroit finished ahead of Dallas and Seattle based on conference record, while Seattle finished ahead of Dallas based on head-to-head victory.
  5. ^ a b Green Bay finished ahead of Washington based on record vs. common opponents. Green Bay's cumulative record against Dallas, Minnesota, New Orleans and Seattle
    was 2–3, compared to Washington's 1–4 cumulative record against the same four teams.
  6. ^ a b Tampa Bay finished ahead of Chicago based on head-to-head victory.
  7. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.

Team leaders[edit]

Category Player(s) Value
Passing yards Carson Wentz 3,296
Passing touchdowns Carson Wentz 33
Rushing yards LeGarrette Blount 766
Rushing touchdowns Corey Clement 4
Receptions Zach Ertz 74
Receiving yards Zach Ertz 824
Receiving touchdowns Alshon Jeffery 9
Points Jake Elliott 117
Kickoff return yards Kenjon Barner 194
Punt return yards Kenjon Barner 240
Tackles Nigel Bradham 88
Sacks Brandon Graham 9.5
Forced fumbles Chris Long 4
Interceptions Patrick Robinson 4

Postseason[edit]

The Eagles entered their first playoff game as the first No.1 seeded team since the 1970 Colts to be an underdog in the playoffs. The Eagles relied on their defense to stop the 6th seeded Atlanta Falcons on their drives to prevail a 15-10 win to advance to the NFC Championship Game.

In that game, against the top-ranked Minnesota Vikings defense, Nick Foles and the Eagles offense dominated drive after drive and came for 4 touchdowns and the defense bothered the Vikings all night as the Eagles destroyed the Vikings 38-7 to advance to Super Bowl LII in a Super Bowl XXXIX rematch with the New England Patriots. Foles had his best performance since Week 15, and his third best as an Eagles player, throwing for 352 yards and 4 touchdowns.

The Eagles defeated the Patriots 41-33 to win their first Super Bowl title in franchise history, and their first championship since 1960. During the game, a trick play, known as the Philly Special was called where three players combined for a touchdown at 4th-and-Goal before halftime. Nick Foles was name the Super Bowl MVP, the first backup player or quarterback to earn this award. Foles was 28-of-43 of his passes, threw for 373 yards, 3 touchdowns, an interception and even caught a score.

Playoff round Date Kickoff Opponent (seed) Result Record Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Wild Card First-round bye
Divisional January 13, 2018 4:35 p.m. EST Atlanta Falcons (6) W 15–10 1–0 Lincoln Financial Field NBC Recap
NFC Championship January 21, 2018 6:40 p.m. EST Minnesota Vikings (2) W 38–7 2–0 Lincoln Financial Field Fox Recap
Super Bowl LII February 4, 2018 6:30 p.m. EST vs. New England Patriots (A1) W 41–33 3–0 U.S. Bank Stadium NBC Recap

NFC Divisional Playoffs: vs. (#6) Atlanta Falcons[edit]

NFC Divisional Playoffs: (#6) Atlanta Falcons at (#1) Philadelphia Eagles – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Falcons 3 7 0010
Eagles 0 9 3315

at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Game information

The Philadelphia Eagles entered their first playoff game since 2013 as the first ever number one seed underdog in the divisional round. Following a theme set in the last two games of the regular season, the Eagles relied heavily on their defense, surrendering just 10 points to a strong Falcons offense.

The definitive moment of the game came up on the Falcons' final drive when the Eagles defense thwarted 4 Falcons scoring attempts.

On 4th & Goal from the two yard line, Matt Ryan threw an incomplete pass to Julio Jones, essentially sealing a 15-10 win for the Eagles. Against many analyst predictions, the top seeded Philadelphia Eagles advanced to the NFC Championship game.

NFC Championship: vs. (#2) Minnesota Vikings[edit]

NFC Championship: (#2) Minnesota Vikings at (#1) Philadelphia Eagles – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 7 0 007
Eagles 7 17 7738

at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Game information

The Eagles were once again underdogs going into the NFC Championship Game, this time to the second-seeded Minnesota Vikings. This was the Eagles first NFC Championship appearance since the 2008–09 NFL playoffs. Though the Eagles allowed a Vikings touchdown on the opening drive, it was the Vikings only score. Case Keenum's pick-six to Patrick Robinson changed the game, as the rest of the game represented total domination from Nick Foles and the Eagles' offense, who racked up 456 total yards and 38 unanswered points. With a blowout win against one of the league's top defenses, the Eagles advanced to their third Super Bowl.

Super Bowl LII: vs. (A1) New England Patriots[edit]

Super Bowl LII: (N1) Philadelphia Eagles vs. (A1) New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Eagles 9 13 71241
Patriots 3 9 14733

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: February 4, 2018
  • Game time: 6:30 p.m. EST/5:30 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 67,612
  • Referee: Gene Steratore
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
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The Philadelphia Eagles entered Super Bowl LII as a 5.5 point underdog to the defending champions; the New England Patriots. This was also their first appearance in 13 years, with their last Super Bowl berth happening in 2005 (Super Bowl XXXIX), which also happened to be against the New England Patriots.

In the first quarter, the Eagles managed to score first when Jake Elliott kicked a 25-yard field goal to make the score 3–0. However, the Pats would then tie the game up at 3–3 when Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 26-yard field goal. The Eagles retook the lead when Nick Foles found Alshon Jeffery on a 34-yard pass (with a failed PAT) to make it 9–3 to close out the quarter. The Eagles increased their lead in the second quarter when LeGarrette Blount ran for a 21-yard touchdown (with a failed 2-point conversion) to make it 15–3. The Pats however managed to score twice when Gotskowski kicked a 45-yard field goal followed up by James White running for a 26-yard touchdown (with a failed PAT) to make it 15–6 and then 15–12. A trick play saw Foles score a receiving touchdown off a 1-yard pass from tight end Trey Burton to make it 22–12 at halftime. In the third quarter, the Pats drew closer when Tom Brady found Rob Gronkowski on a 5-yard pass to make it 22–19. However, the Eagles managed to pull away again when Foles found Corey Clement on a 22-yard pass to make it 29–19. The Pats closed out the quarter by getting close again when Brady found Chris Hogan on a 26-yard pass to make the score 29–26. In the fourth quarter, the Eagles moved further ahead when Elliott kicked a 42-yard field goal to make the score 32–26. The Pats would finally take the lead when Brady found Gronkowski again on a 5-yard pass to make the score 33–32. The Eagles would respond with a 14-play, 75 yard drive when Foles found Zach Ertz on an 11-yard pass (with a failed 2-point conversion), giving the Eagles the lead 38–33. On the Patriots' following possession, with 2:16 to play, Tom Brady was sacked by Brandon Graham and fumbled the ball, which was recovered by Derek Barnett at the Patriots' 31 yard line. The Eagles would increase their lead on Elliott's 46-yard field goal to make it 41–33.

With seconds left, the Pats were able to advance the ball down to midfield. With under 10 seconds remaining, Brady tried for a Hail Mary pass that could have sent the game into overtime with a touchdown and successful 2-point conversion. However, Gronkowski would be blanketed in the end zone by Eagles defenders causing the pass to fall incomplete, sealing the game and the Patriots' last hopes.

The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Patriots by a score of 41–33. Nick Foles also was named Super Bowl MVP after the game. With this win, the Eagles finally won their first Super Bowl, and their first NFL title since 1960.

A Super Bowl victory parade took place four days later on February 8.

Awards and honors[edit]

Recipient Award(s)
Jake Elliott Week 3: NFC Special Teams Player of the Week
Kenjon Barner Week 5: NFC Special Teams Player of the Week
Carson Wentz Week 7: NFC Offensive Player of the Week
October 2017: NFC Offensive Player of the Month
Jalen Mills Week 8: NFC Defensive Player of the Week
Eagles Defense NFL Celebration of the Year (Electric Slide)
Nick Foles Super Bowl Most Valuable Player

References[edit]

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