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The Most Telling Statistic About the 2011 Eagles

The Most Telling Statistic About the 2011 Eagles

Why were the Eagles an unacceptable 8-8 in 2011? They were second only to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the highest number of turnovers in the NFL with 38 -- 13 fumbles, 25 interceptions.

Yes, it's that simple.

For comparison's sake, the closest team to the Eagles to actually make the postseason is in a three-way tie for sixth place with 30, and it's the Denver Broncos, who also happened to finish .500. They are the only playoff-bound team in the top 10, and we all know they aren't going anywhere.

After that, the Steelers come in tied three ways for 11th with 28. That's still a whopping 10 turnovers less than the Birds, or a difference of more than one every two games. The only other clubs to make the tournament and finish in the top half of the league were the Ravens and the Giants, who tied for 16th with 24 each.

Just look at four of the league's most serious Super Bowl contenders. The Saints are tied for 28th with 19 turnovers, half the Eagles' total. The Patriots are 30th with 17, the Packers 31st with 14, and last, but very obviously not least, the 49ers had 10 all year.

Even if you combined the last three teams, the total comes out to 41, which is only three more than Philadelphia. Stop and think about that for a second. The Eagles  committed almost as many turnovers in 16 games as three other teams did in 48. That, friends, is the difference between winning eight games, or winning 13, 15, and 13 respectively.

By the way, the defenses from New England and Green Bay ranked 31st and 32nd in the NFL.

Nine of the Eagles' giveaways occurred inside the red zone alone. Even if we stay conservative, those plays almost definitely took a minimum of 27 points off the board, basically the equivalent of four touchdowns.

Where might some of those points come in handy?

The handoff was disrupted during a botched trap running play at the four-yard line against the Falcons, who returned the fumble to the Philadelphia 24. Atlanta found paydirt, causing a nine-point swing at the bare minimum in a road game that wound up being decided by four.

Ronnie Brown's inexplicable execution of the halfback option happened on the goal line against San Francisco. The Eagles eventually lost the game by one, so something as simple as not attempting to pass the ball while being hurled to the turf would have led to a decisive field goal.

There were red zone turnovers in four of their losses. Three of those outcomes were decided by four points or less.

The Eagles also committed three turnovers or more in five of their losses, while doing the same in just two of their victories. There were a season-high five giveaways in Buffalo, including an interception returned for a touchdown -- they lost by seven.

Clearly, this was the story of the year. When the offense turned the ball over, the Eagles put themselves at a serious disadvantage. When they protected the rock, the Birds were measurably, practically infinitely, more successful.

But I suppose we can just keep on blaming Juan Castillo and the defense for all of the team's problems. It's not like there's a connection between turnovers and points allowed or anything.

CSNPhilly Internship - Advertising/Sales

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CSNPhilly Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
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10 facts about Jake Elliott's walk-off field goal

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10 facts about Jake Elliott's walk-off field goal

Reuben Frank has 10 facts you may not have known about Jake Elliott’s 61-yard walk-off field goal.

1. Jake Elliott’s 61-yard game-winning field goal Sunday broke the Eagles’ franchise record of 59 yards set on Nov. 12, 1979, by Tony Franklin against the Cowboys at Texas Stadium. 

2. It was the longest walk-off field goal by an Eagles kicker by far, breaking the record of 50 yards set by David Akers on Oct. 24, 2004, in overtime in Cleveland.

3. It was the third-longest walk-off game-winner in NFL history and the longest in 10 years — since a kick Eagles fans remember well. The longest game-winner ever is Tom Dempsey’s 63-yarder as time expired on Nov. 8, 1970, that gave the Saints a 19-17 win over the Lions at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans. The only other longer game-winner was Matt Bryant’s 62-yarder in Tampa against the Eagles on Oct. 22, 2006.

4. It was the longest field goal in NFL history by a rookie. The previous record was 60 yards set by Greg Zuerlein of the Rams, who made a 60-yarder against Seattle in a 19-13 win on Sept. 30, 2012. 

5. Elliott’s kick was also the longest field goal ever against the Giants. The previous record belonged to Mason Crosby of the Packers, who made a 57-yarder in a loss to the Giants in 2013.

6. Elliott is the first kicker in NFL history to make a kick from 60 or more yards before making a kick from 50 or more yards. Elliott’s previous long field goal was a 46-yarder moments earlier. Zuerlein and Dempsey each had one 50-yarder before their 60-yarder.

7. The kickers who made the longest and fourth-longest field goals in Eagles history are both currently on the roster. Franklin’s 59-yarder is now second-longest, David Akers’ 57-yarder in 2003 against the Patriots is No. 3 and Caleb Sturgis’ 55-yarder last October in Dallas is now fourth-longest. Sturgis is currently on Injured Reserve. Elliott was signed to replace him.

8. Believe it or not, Elliott is the first kicker in Eagles history to make two field goals of 46 yards or more in a fourth quarter.

9. Elliott’s kick was not the longest attempt ever by an Eagles kicker. Alex Henery missed a 63-yarder in the Georgia Dome against the Falcons in 2011, Tony Franklin missed a 62-yarder against the Colts in 1983 and Tom Dempsey missed a 61-yarder against the Cards in 1974.

10. Finally this: Elliott, whose 46-yarder with 51 seconds left tied the game at 24, is the first kicker in 23 years to make two field goals from any distance in the final minute of a fourth quarter. On Christmas Eve at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, Doug Pelfrey of the Bengals made a game-tying 22-yard field goal against the Eagles with three seconds left in the fourth quarter. Eagles fullback Brian O’Neal fumbled the ensuing kickoff and it was recovered by Adrian Hardy of the Bengals at the Eagles’ 35-yard-line. Pelfrey ran back on the field and made a 54-yarder to win the game. Eagles head coach Rich Kotite was fired the next day.