Dick Vermiel’s First Year in Philadelphia

The Eagles under Dick Vermeil were 4-10 in his first year as Head Coach, the same as the year before.  He asked the fans for patience and the Super Bowl came in four years. Here were three of the victories. The fourth win over Atlanta 14 to 13 was simply luck.   The Falcons had two touchdowns called back from holding penalties.

Game 2 New York Giants at Veterans Stadium

Mike Boryla completed  10 of 14 passes for 108 yards.  Boryla passed for one touchdown and ran for another.  Mike Hogan carried 19 times for 93 yards.  The Eagles held the NY Giants scoreless until the last 30 seconds of the game.  Eagles 20 Giants 7.

Game 8 New York Giants at the Meadowlands

The Eagles got a shut out this time.  Despite getting no turnovers, the Philadelphia defense was good.  They sacked Giant Quarterback Craig Morton six times for 38 yards in losses.  Mike Boryla threw a touchdown pass to Harold Carmichael.  Both of the scores came in the second quarter.  In 1976,  Philadelphia barely missed a double shut out against the NY Giants.  Eagles 10 Giants 0.

Game 14 Seattle Seahawks at Veterans Stadium

Vermeil switched quarterbacks in November.  Roman Gabriel completed 10 of 13 passes for 121 yards.  Passing was easy today;  both Tom Sullivan and Mike Hogan gained over 100 yards.  Sullivan  carried 23 times for 121 yards and two touchdowns; Hogan carried 19 times for 104 yards.  For Seattle,  Jim Zorn put up a valiant effort at quarterback.  He completed 24 of 49 passes for 237 yards.  Zorn threw a touchdown pass to future HOF End Steve Largent late in the game.  The Eagles, in this last game of the season, broke a five game losing streak.  Eagles 27 Seahawks 10.


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