Philadelphia Eagles 1973-First Year Mike McCormick

In the subject year,   the team went from 2-11-1 in 1972 to 5-8-1. The Eagles obtained Roman Gabriel for Harold Jackson.  Gabriel was the league’s leading passer with  the ends  Harold  Carmichael,  Charlie Young, and Don Zimmerman.  Tom Sullivan and Norm Bulaich ran for 956 yards and 450 yards respectively.  This was an explosive team but with a below par defense.  Here are Philadelphia’s five victories, the St. Louis win was on the road with the other four at Veterans Stadium.   The records posted are before the game.

Game 5- The Eagles (0-3-1) defeated the St. Louis Cardinals (2-2),  27 to 24.

Roman Gabriel threw for two touchdowns in the last 90 seconds-27 yards to Harold Carmichael and 24 yards to Don Zimmerman on the last play of the game.  The Eagles came from a 24 to 13 deficit.  RG completed 29 of 45 passes for 379 yards and three touchdowns.  Carmichael caught 12 passes for 104 yards  and two touchdowns.  Tom Sullivan caught seven passes for 36 yards.

Week 7-The Eagles (1-4-1) defeated the Dallas Cowboys (4-2), 30 to 16.

Gabriel completed 20 of 34 passes for 203 yards and two touchdowns.  Harold Carmichael caught two touchdown passes.  Po James caught seven screen passes for 43 yards. Calvin Hill gained 100 yards for Dallas.  The Cowboys finished 10-4 and lost to the Minnesota Vikings 27 to 10 in the NFC Championship game.  This was first time the Eagles defeated Dallas since 1968.

Week 8-The Eagles (2-4-1) defeated the New England Patriots (2-5), 24 to 23.

Philadelphia  came from behind 17 to 0 to win.  Roman Gabriel completed 24 of 36 passes for 249 yards and two touchdowns.  Charlie Young caught eight passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns. Defensive End Will Wynn returned a fumble 24 yards for a touchdown.

Week 11-The Eagles (3-6-1) defeated the New York Giants (2-7-1), 20to 16.

This was a duel between the top runners of both teams.  Tom Sullivan carried 32 times for 156 yards and a touchdown.  The Giants’ Ron Johnson gained 101 yards.

Week 13-The Eagles (4-7-1) defeated the New York Jets (4-8), 24 to 23.

As with the Patriots,  the Eagles came from  behind 17 to 0 to win.  Gabriel went 14 for 25 for 214 yards and two touchdowns.  Carmichael caught five passes for 146 yards and a touchdown.  John Outlaw returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown putting the Eagles ahead for good.  For the NY Jets Emerson Boozer carried 21 times for 160 yards and a touchdown.

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