1961 Eagles Got No Help on the Final Week

As the last weekend of the season came, the Eagles were 9-4 one game behind the New York Giants.   Philadelphia, on the road,  had to defeat the Detroit Lions.  The  Cleveland Browns, at Yankee Stadium,  had to defeat the New York Giants.  New York  won the previous game at Cleveland 37 to 21.   If things went the Eagles way there would be a playoff game at New York.  While both teams would be  10-4, the Giants defeated the Eagles twice.

Philadelphia at Detroit

Sonny Jurgensen completed 27 0f 42 passes for 403 yards and three touchdowns.  Pete Retzlaff caught nine passes for 105 yards and a touchdown.  Tommy Mac Donald caught six passes for 90 yards and a touchdown.   For the Lions Jim Ninowski completed  16 of 26 passes for 285 yards and a touchdown.  Gail Gogdill caught seven passes for 171 yards and a touchdown. 

This was an exciting and seesaw game.  In the final four minutes of the game,  Sonny Jurgensen threw a 16 yard touchdown pass to Dick Lucas and Bobby Walston kicked a ten yard field goal.  Final Philadelphia 27 Detroit 24.

Cleveland at Yankee Stadium.

For Cleveland,  Jimmy Brown carried 24 times for 102 yards.  Leon Clarke caught a three yard touchdown pass.  New York-Alex Webster carried 21 times for 91 yards.   Del Shofner caught six passes for 92 yards.    Each team missed two field goals.   This 7 to 7 tie meant that the Eagles would finish in second place.

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