After the Thanksgiving Day shutout win in Detroit, the Eagles returned to Franklin Field to play the New Orleans Saints. The Saints were 3-8-1 matched with 1-11 for Philadelphia. This game showed a turning point in the third quarter.
The Eagles were behind 17 to 13 when Larry Conjar tackled Tony Brown in the Saints’ End Zone. Safeties don’t occur that often. When do occur, it shows a great defensive effort. Here a player is nailing the opponent in paydirt territory. It is only time in football were the scoring team receives the ensuing kickoff. It’s from the 20 yard line and can be either a punt or kickoff. The scoring team gets the ball back. For this reason, I would get a safety than a field goal.
The safety was a turning point and the score was 17 to 15 in the Saints favor. The Eagles dominated the fourth quarter capping two drives for touchdowns. Norm Snead threw a 23 yard touchdown pass to Ben Hawkins; Tom Woodeshick ran 30 yards for a touchdown. Final Philadelphia 29 New Orleans 17. The standouts:
Norm Snead completed ten passes for 181 yards and three touchdowns;
Tom Woodeshick carried 18 times for 122 yards and the 30 yard effort mentioned; he also caught two passes for 54 yards.
The Saints finished at 4-9-1 to 2-12 for the Philadelphia Eagles.