2013 Philadelphia Eagles Season
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2013 Philadelphia Eagles Season

2013 Philadelphia Eagles season
Head coachChip Kelly
General managerHowie Roseman
OwnerJeffrey Lurie
Home fieldLincoln Financial Field
Local radioWIP-FM
Results
Record10-6
Division place1st NFC East
Playoff finishLost Wild Card Playoffs (Saints) 26-24
Uniform
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The 2013 Philadelphia Eagles season was the franchise's 81st season in the National Football League, and the first under head coach Chip Kelly. The Eagles improved on their 4-12 record from 2012, finishing 10-6 and clinching the NFC East division title and the playoffs for the first time since 2010, but after a close game, they lost to the New Orleans Saints in the Wild Card round of the playoffs, by a score of 26-24. The season was noted for LeSean McCoy winning the NFL rushing title, and the extremely successful season by Nick Foles where he produced 27 touchdowns to only 2 interceptions. Foles also threw seven touchdowns against the Oakland Raiders, tying an NFL record for most touchdowns in a single game.

The Eagles had a three-way quarterback competition with Nick Foles, Michael Vick and Matt Barkley, with Vick winning the job. After Vick got injured, however, Foles took over as quarterback and was eventually named the new starting quarterback despite Vick's return.

It took 62 weeks overall for the Eagles to win a home game; they continued the home losing streak that lasted throughout the rest of the 2012 season and extended it to 10 games, but they ended the streak by winning 24-16 against Washington at the Linc in Week 11.

Personnel changes

On December 31, 2012, long time head coach Andy Reid was fired. On January 16, 2013, Chip Kelly was hired as the new head coach.

On January 20, Pat Shurmur accepted the offensive coordinator job. Billy Davis accepted the defensive coordinator position on February 7.

Tom Gamble was named Vice President of Player Personnel on February 13, a position that had been vacant since Ryan Grigson left to become general manager of the Indianapolis Colts.

Roster changes

The Philadelphia Eagles defense on the field during the 2013 season.

Free agents

Player re-signed by the Eagles

Signings

Position Player Tag 2012 Team Date signed Notes and references
TE/FB James Casey UFA Houston Texans March 12 on active roster
S Patrick Chung UFA New England Patriots March 12 re-signed by New England Patriots
CB Bradley Fletcher UFA St. Louis Rams March 12 signed by New England Patriots
ILB Jason Phillips UFA Carolina Panthers March 12 on injured reserve
NT Isaac Sopoaga UFA San Francisco 49ers March 12 traded to New England
DE/OLB Connor Barwin UFA Houston Texans March 14 on active roster
S Kenny Phillips UFA New York Giants March 14 waived
CB Cary Williams UFA Baltimore Ravens March 14 signed by Seattle Seahawks
P Donnie Jones UFA Houston Texans March 25 on active roster
RB Felix Jones UFA Dallas Cowboys May 14 traded to Pittsburgh

Trades

2013 draft class

Notes

^[a] The Eagles traded their original fourth- and seventh-round selections (101st and 210th overall) to the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for the Jaguars' fourth-round selection (98th overall).
^[b] The Eagles traded their original sixth-round selection (173rd overall) to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for safety David Sims and the Browns' seventh-round selection (212th overall).
^[c] The Eagles acquired an additional sixth-round selection (196th overall) in a 2011 trade that sent defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley to the Denver Broncos; the Eagles later traded this selection along with a conditional 2014 selection to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for wide receiver Arrelious Benn and the Buccaneers' 2013 seventh-round selection (218th overall).
^[d] Compensatory selection.

Staff

Final roster

Preseason

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 9 New England Patriots L 22-31 0-1 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
2 August 15 Carolina Panthers W 14-9 1-1 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
3 August 24 at Jacksonville Jaguars W 31-24 2-1 EverBank Field Recap
4 August 29 at New York Jets L 20-27 2-2 MetLife Stadium Recap

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 9 at Washington Redskins W 33-27 1-0 FedExField Recap
2 September 15 San Diego Chargers L 30-33 1-1 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
3 September 19 Kansas City Chiefs L 16-26 1-2 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
4 September 29 at Denver Broncos L 20-52 1-3 Sports Authority Field at Mile High Recap
5 October 6 at New York Giants W 36-21 2-3 MetLife Stadium Recap
6 October 13 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 31-20 3-3 Raymond James Stadium Recap
7 October 20 Dallas Cowboys L 3-17 3-4 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
8 October 27 New York Giants L 7-15 3-5 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
9 November 3 at Oakland Raiders W 49-20 4-5 O.co Coliseum Recap
10 November 10 at Green Bay Packers W 27-13 5-5 Lambeau Field Recap
11 November 17 Washington Redskins W 24-16 6-5 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
12 Bye
13 December 1 Arizona Cardinals W 24-21 7-5 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
14 December 8 Detroit Lions W 34-20 8-5 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
15 December 15 at Minnesota Vikings L 30-48 8-6 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Recap
16 December 22 Chicago Bears W 54-11 9-6 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
17 December 29 at Dallas Cowboys W 24-22 10-6 AT&T Stadium Recap
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries

Week 1: at Washington Redskins

The Eagles started their 2013 season on the road against the Redskins. The Skins scored first when DeAngelo Hall returned a fumble 75 yards for a touchdown for a 7-0 lead. After this the Eagles dominated scoring 33 straight points as Alex Henery kicked a field goal from 48 yards out to come within four points for a 7-3 game. Next Michael Vick found DeSean Jackson on a 25-yard pass as the team took the lead 10-7. On the Skins' next possession, Alfred Morris was tackled in the end zone for a safety making the score 12-7. In the second quarter, the Eagles continued to increase their lead as Vick found Brent Celek on a 28-yard touchdown pass for a 19-7 lead. Later on in the quarter, Vick ran for a 3-yard touchdown bringing the halftime score to 26-7. In the third quarter, LeSean McCoy ran for a 34-yard touchdown bringing the score to 33-7. The Skins started their scoring again as Morris ran for a 5-yard touchdown making the score 33-14. In the fourth quarter, it was all Skins as RG3 found Leonard Hankerson on a 10-yard touchdown pass (with a failed two-point conversion) for a 33-20 game. Finally, the Skins came within six points as RG3 and Hankerson connected again this time on a 24-yard pass bringing the final score to 33-27.

With the win, the Eagles started their season 1-0.

Week 2: vs. San Diego Chargers

The Eagles punted on their first possession. The Chargers took the ball and marched to the Eagles 31, but had to settle for a 49 field goal. The Eagles took the ball next and stormed 75 yards in 5 plays, driving to the Chargers 2, but kicked a field goal.

Week 3: vs. Kansas City Chiefs

This week marked the return of former Eagles head coach Andy Reid. The Eagles forced the Chiefs to a quick three-and-out, but the Eagles muffed the punt, and the Chiefs recovered at the Philadelphia 8. A few plays later, Ryan Succop kicked a 33-yard field goal. On Philadelphia's first possession, Michael Vick was intercepted by Eric Berry, on a pass intended for Brent Celek, who returned it 38 yards for a touchdown. After a Chiefs punt, Michael Vick busted off a 61-yard run, setting up his 22-yard touchdown pass to Jason Avant. Zach Ertz attempted to run in the two-point conversion, but failed, keeping the score 10-6. With less than a minute remaining in the first quarter the Eagles drove into Chiefs territory, but Vick was sacked by Justin Houston and fumbled. Two field goals by Ryan Succop was the only scoring of the second quarter, giving the Chiefs a 16-6 halftime lead. An Alex Henery field goal was the only score of the third quarter, giving the Chiefs a 16-9 lead entering the fourth quarter. On their first drive of the fourth quarter, Jamaal Charles capped off an eight-play, 62-yard drive with a 3-yard touchdown run, making the score 23-9. The Eagles immediately responded with a touchdown of their own, driving 78 yards with a 41-yard touchdown rush by LeSean McCoy, pulling to within 7. However, Kansas City struck the decisive blow with a 15-play, 73-yard drive, taking 8:15 off the clock and Ryan Succop adding his fourth field goals making the score 26-16. On their next drive, Michael Vick completed a 19-yard pass on third-and-10, but guard Todd Herremans was called for holding making it third-and-20 at their own 21. The Eagles turned the ball over on downs. The Chiefs did the same on their next drive. Finally, a strip sack by Justin Houston with recovering for Kansas City, sealed the deal. With the loss, the Eagles lost their second in a row, both being at home. The Eagles outgained Chiefs 431-394 and had more first downs, 21-19, but the Chiefs had almost twice as much time of possession and won the turnover battle 5-0.

Week 4: at Denver Broncos

The Eagles visited Sports Authority Field in Denver to face the Broncos and their #1 offense. The received the ball first, but punted after only four plays. The Broncos took over and stormed 74 yards in only 9 plays to take the early lead. On the drive the Broncos converted three third downs on the drive including one on Peyton Manning's 6-yard touchdown pass to Wes Welker. The Eagles responded on their next drive by driving from their own 18 to the Broncos 17, but had to settle for Henery's 35-yard field goal. On the ensuing kickoff Trindon Holliday returned the kick 105 yards for a touchdown, extending the lead to 14-3. The Eagles then engineered a 15-play, 73-yard drive to the 7-yard line, but the Broncos kept them out of the end zone and Henery kicked a 25-yard field goal. After a Broncos three-and-out, the Eagles finally managed to reach the end zone. They needed only 7 plays to go 64 yards. A 35-yard completion to Bryce Brown on third-and-11 moved the ball to the Denver 4. Two plays later Chris Polk rushed for a 4-yard touchdown, trimming the score to 14-13. Denver responded by marching 80 yards in 11 plays in a drive that took over 6 minutes off the clock and increased the lead to 21-13 after a Knowshon Moreno 4-yard touchdown run. Both teams punted to close out the half. Denver started where they left off, driving 80 yards in one less play culminating in Manning's 1-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas. Manning threw for 44 yards on the drive. After an Eagles punt, the Broncos ate 80 more yards on another touchdown drive which. Manning continued to pick apart the Eagles secondary throwing for 58 yards on the drive which concluded with Manning once again connecting with Demaryius Thomas on a touchdown, this one for 15 yards, extending the lead to 35-13. The Eagles offense continued sputter as they punted again. The Broncos were completely the opposite, driving 65 yards for another touchdown, increasing the lead to 42-13. Manning added 56 more yards and a 4-yard touchdown pass to Welker. The Broncos forced the Eagles to punt again, but Steven Johnson blocked it and returned it 17-yards for a touchdown, making the score 49-13. The Eagles finally managed to avoid punting on their next drive, but Henery missed a 46-yard field goal. Matt Prater made one from 53-yards away on the Broncos next drive to make the score 52-13. The Eagles managed to march 80 yards on their next drive with Nick Foles hitting Jeff Maehl for a 6-yard touchdown pass to close the scoring. The Broncos held the ball for the final 4:35 to end the game. The Eagles lost their third in a row to fall to 1-3 on the season.

Week 5: at New York Giants

Nick Foles relieved an injured Michael Vick. With the win, the Eagles improved to 2-3.

Week 6: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

With the win, the Eagles improved to 3-3.

Week 7: vs. Dallas Cowboys

With the loss, the Eagles fell to 3-4.

Week 8: vs. New York Giants

Nick Foles was injured again, so Michael Vick was reinserted into the starting role, but after a few series, Matt Barkley took his place. The only touchdown in the entire game was during the fourth quarter after a botched snap for a punt was made by the Giants. The ball was recovered by the Eagles defense in the Giants' endzone for the touchdown. With the loss, the Eagles fell to 3-5.

Week 9: at Oakland Raiders

Nick Foles tied an NFL record in this game with seven touchdown passes as the Eagles beat the Raiders 49-20.

Week 10: at Green Bay Packers

Nick Foles threw three touchdown passes in this game, and the Eagles defense intercepted Scott Tolzien twice. Tolzien started in place of Aaron Rodgers, who had a collarbone injury.

With the win, the Eagles evened their record at 5-5.

Week 11: vs. Washington Redskins

A late game rally by Washington led them to the Eagles' 26-yard line. A shot to the end zone by Robert Griffin III was intercepted by Brandon Boykin, clinching an Eagles win. The Eagles moved to 6-5. This is the Eagles first win at Lincoln Financial Field since Week 4 of the 2012 season, because prior to this game, the Eagles had never won a game in their home stadium in 414 days since that same week, snapping a 10-game losing streak at home with this win.

Week 13: vs. Arizona Cardinals

With the win, the Eagles improved to 7-5.

Week 14: vs. Detroit Lions

In a blinding snowstorm, with at least eight inches of snow on the field by the end of the game, LeSean McCoy broke the Eagles' single-game rushing record with 217 yards on the ground.

Week 15: at Minnesota Vikings

With the loss, the Eagles fell to 8-6.

Week 16: vs. Chicago Bears

The Eagles beat the Chicago Bears 54-11 on Sunday Night Football. Nick Foles went 21/25 for 230 yards and two touchdowns. LeSean McCoy ran the ball 18 times for 133 yards and two touchdowns. Towards the end, the Eagles brought in bench players to finish the game. Bryce Brown ran for a 65-yard touchdown with 6:14 to go with Michael Vick at the quarterback helm. This was the first game in NFL history to end with a final score of 54-11.

With the convincing win, the Eagles improved to 9-6, and would face their archrivals, the Dallas Cowboys, the following Sunday night for the division title.

Week 17: at Dallas Cowboys

This game ended when Kyle Orton threw an interception late in the fourth quarter. With the win, the Eagles improved to 10-6 and sealed the NFC East title and the #3 seed in the playoffs. They were also the third team in a row to defeat the Cowboys in the last game of the regular season (Sunday Night Football: Week 17).

Standings

Division

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(3)Philadelphia Eagles 10 6 0 .625 4-2 8-4 442 382 W2
Dallas Cowboys 8 8 0 .500 5-1 7-5 439 432 L1
New York Giants 7 9 0 .438 3-3 6-6 294 383 W2
Washington Redskins 3 13 0 .188 0-6 1-11 334 478 L8

Conference

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA PD STK
Division winners
1 Seattle Seahawks West 13 3 0 .813 4-2 10-2 417 231 186 W1
2 Carolina Panthers South 12 4 0 .750 5-1 9-3 366 241 125 W3
3 Philadelphia Eagles East 10 6 0 .625 4-2 9-3 442 382 60 W2
4 Green Bay Packers North 8 7 1 .531 3-2-1 6-5-1 417 428 -11 W1
Wild cards
5 San Francisco 49ers West 12 4 0 .750 5-1 9-3 406 272 134 W6
6 New Orleans Saints South 11 5 0 .688 5-1 9-3 414 304 110 W1
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7 Arizona Cardinals West 10 6 0 .625 2-4 6-6 379 324 55 L1
8[a] Chicago Bears North 8 8 0 .500 2-4 4-8 445 478 -33 L2
9 Dallas Cowboys East 8 8 0 .500 5-1 7-5 439 432 7 L1
10[b][c] New York Giants East 7 9 0 .438 3-3 6-6 294 383 -89 W2
11[d] Detroit Lions North 7 9 0 .438 4-2 6-6 395 376 19 L4
12 St. Louis Rams West 7 9 0 .438 1-5 4-8 348 364 -16 L1
13 Minnesota Vikings North 5 10 1 .344 2-3-1 4-7-1 391 480 -89 W1
14[e] Atlanta Falcons South 4 12 0 .250 1-5 3-9 353 443 -90 L2
15 Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 4 12 0 .250 1-5 2-10 288 389 -101 L3
16 Washington Redskins East 3 13 0 .188 0-6 1-11 334 478 -144 L8
Tiebreakers[f]
  1. ^ Chicago defeated Dallas head-to-head (Week 14, 45-28).
  2. ^ The New York Giants and Detroit finished with a better conference record than St. Louis.
  3. ^ The New York Giants defeated Detroit head-to-head (Week 16, 23-20 (OT)).
  4. ^ Detroit finished with a better conference record than St. Louis.
  5. ^ Atlanta finished with a better conference record than Tampa Bay.
  6. ^ 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.

Postseason

Schedule

Playoff round Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
Wild Card January 4, 2014 New Orleans Saints (6) L 24-26 0-1 Lincoln Financial Field Recap

Game summaries

NFC Wild Card Playoff Game: vs. #6 New Orleans Saints

The Eagles hosted the Saints in the Wild Card round. This was the first playoff game between the Saints and Eagles since the 2006 NFC Divisional Playoff game, which New Orleans won 26-24. The Saints had never won a road playoff game coming into this game. Philadelphia led 24-23 with less than a minute remaining. But the Saints marched down the field to win it with a Shayne Graham field goal as time expired.

With the heartbreaking loss, the Eagles ended the season with an overall record of 10-7. This was their final appearance in the playoffs until 2017, when they went on to win Super Bowl LII.

References

  1. ^ "2013 Conference Standings". NFL.com. Retrieved 2013.
  2. ^ "2013 NFL playoff picture". CBS Sports. Retrieved 2013.

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