2014 Philadelphia Eagles Season
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2014 Philadelphia Eagles Season
2014 Philadelphia Eagles season
Head coachChip Kelly
General managerHowie Roseman
OwnerJeffrey Lurie
Home fieldLincoln Financial Field
Local radioWIP-FM
Division place2nd NFC East
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro Bowlers

The 2014 Philadelphia Eagles season was the franchise's 82nd season in the National Football League and the second under head coach Chip Kelly. The Eagles led the NFC East for most of the year, but a loss to the Redskins in week 16 eliminated them from playoff contention.

After quarterback Nick Foles led them to a 6-2 start, despite struggling with turnovers more so than he did in 2013 (where he threw only 2 interceptions and lost 1 fumble), he was injured in week 9, causing backup Mark Sanchez to take over as starting quarterback. The Eagles led the NFC East until week 15, when they lost to their rivals, the Dallas Cowboys. With a loss to the 3-11 Washington Redskins in Week 16, and the Cowboys defeating the Indianapolis Colts, the Eagles were eliminated from playoff contention a week after they lost control of their division. The Eagles suffered one of their worst collapses in NFL history starting the season 9-3 before going 1-3 in the last four games with two losses against their division rivals, the Cowboys and Redskins.[1]

Despite missing the playoffs, they had 9 selections for the 2015 Pro Bowl, second only to the Denver Broncos, who had 11.

Roster changes

Free agents

Position Player Tag 2014 Team Notes
S Nate Allen UFA Philadelphia Eagles 1 year/$2 million deal
S Colt Anderson UFA Indianapolis Colts
S Kurt Coleman UFA Minnesota Vikings
WR Riley Cooper UFA Philadelphia Eagles Signed 5 year/$22.5 million deal
DE Clifton Geathers UFA Washington Redskins
OLB Phillip Hunt RFA Indianapolis Colts
P Donnie Jones UFA Philadelphia Eagles Signed 3 year/$5.5 million deal
WR Jeremy Maclin UFA Philadelphia Eagles Signed 1 year/$5.5 million deal
DE Cedric Thornton ERFA Philadelphia Eagles Signed 1-year deal
QB Michael Vick UFA New York Jets Signed 1 year/$5 million deal
Player re-signed by the Eagles


Position Player Tag 2013 Team Date signed Notes and references
S Malcolm Jenkins UFA New Orleans Saints March 11 Signed 3 year/$15.5 million deal
S Chris Maragos UFA Seattle Seahawks March 12 Signed 3 year/$4 million deal
OLB Bryan Braman UFA Houston Texans March 12 Signed 2 year/$3.15 million deal
CB Nolan Carroll UFA Miami Dolphins March 13 Signed 2 year/$3.65 million deal
QB Mark Sanchez UFA New York Jets March 27 Signed 1 Year/$2.25 million deal


  • On March 13, the Eagles traded their fifth round selection from the New England Patriots to the New Orleans Saints for running back Darren Sproles.
  • On May 10, the Eagles traded running back Bryce Brown and a 2014 seventh-round pick (No. 237 overall) to Buffalo for a 2014 seventh-round pick (No. 224 overall) and either a 2015 fourth-round pick or a 2016 third-round pick or a 2016 fourth-round pick.
  • On August 19, the Eagles Acquired RB Kenjon Barner from the Carolina Panthers in exchange for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2015. Barner was later cut and the Panthers would receive no compensation.
  • On August 20, the Eagles Acquired kicker Cody Parkey from the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for RB David Fluellen. Parkey would later win the starting kicker position.

Roster changes

On March 28, 2014, after what was the statistically best season in his career, the Eagles released wide receiver DeSean Jackson.[2] As a free agent, he signed with the Eagles' division rival, the Washington Redskins, on April 2, 2014.[3] The team made headlines when, on May 5, they signed Alejandro Villanueva, who is an Army Ranger, having served three tours of duty in Afghanistan, and has not played football since 2009.[4]

2014 draft class

2014 Philadelphia Eagles Draft
Round Selection Player Position College
1 26[A] Marcus Smith OLB Louisville
2 42[B] Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt
3[A] 86 Josh Huff WR Oregon
4[B] 101[A] Jaylen Watkins CB Florida
5[C] 141[A] Taylor Hart DE Oregon
162 Ed Reynolds S Stanford
6 None[C]
7 224[D] Beau Allen NT Wisconsin

Draft trades

  1. ^ a b c d The Eagles traded their original first-round selection (No. 22 overall) to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for the Browns' first- and third-round selections -- Nos. 26 and 83 overall, respectively. The Eagles later traded the No. 83 overall selection to the Houston Texans in exchange for the Texans' fourth- and fifth-round selections (Nos. 101 and 141 overall, respectively).
  2. ^ a b The Eagles traded their original second- and fourth-round selections (Nos. 54 and 122 overall, respectively) to the Tennessee Titans in exchange for the Titans' second-round selection (No. 42 overall).
  3. ^ a b The Eagles traded their sixth-round selection (No. 198 overall) and defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga to the New England Patriots in exchange for the Patriots' fifth-round selection -- No. 169 overall. The Eagles later traded the No. 169 selection to the New Orleans Saints in exchange for running back Darren Sproles.
  4. ^ The Eagles traded running back Bryce Brown and their original seventh-round selection (No. 237 overall) to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for the Bills' seventh-round selection (No. 224 overall). The trade also includes a conditional future draft selection, which the Eagles could receive from the Bills in either 2015 or 2016. If Brown hits undisclosed statistical rushing targets with the Bills in 2014, the Eagles will receive the Bills' 2016 third-round selection, otherwise, the Eagles could receive the Bills' 2015 fourth-round selection, which the Bills conditionally acquired in a trade that sent wide receiver Stevie Johnson to the San Francisco 49ers. However, if Johnson does not meet certain statistical receiving targets with the 49ers in 2014, the Bills' trade with the 49ers will be voided, and if Brown does not meet certain statistical rushing targets with the Bills in 2014, the Eagles will not receive a future draft selection from the Bills.

Undrafted free agents


Final roster



Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
1 August 8 at Chicago Bears L 28-34 0-1 Soldier Field Recap
2 August 15 at New England Patriots L 35-42 0-2 Gillette Stadium Recap
3 August 21 Pittsburgh Steelers W 31-21 1-2 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
4 August 28 New York Jets W 37-7 2-2 Lincoln Financial Field Recap

Regular season

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
1 September 7 Jacksonville Jaguars W 34-17 1-0 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
2 September 15 at Indianapolis Colts W 30-27 2-0 Lucas Oil Stadium Recap
3 September 21 Washington Redskins W 37-34 3-0 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
4 September 28 at San Francisco 49ers L 21-26 3-1 Levi's Stadium Recap
5 October 5 St. Louis Rams W 34-28 4-1 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
6 October 12 New York Giants W 27-0 5-1 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
7 Bye
8 October 26 at Arizona Cardinals L 20-24 5-2 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
9 November 2 at Houston Texans W 31-21 6-2 NRG Stadium Recap
10 November 10 Carolina Panthers W 45-21 7-2 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
11 November 16 at Green Bay Packers L 20-53 7-3 Lambeau Field Recap
12 November 23 Tennessee Titans W 43-24 8-3 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
13 November 27 at Dallas Cowboys W 33-10 9-3 AT&T Stadium Recap
14 December 7 Seattle Seahawks L 14-24 9-4 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
15 December 14 Dallas Cowboys L 27-38 9-5 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
16 December 20 at Washington Redskins L 24-27 9-6 FedExField Recap
17 December 28 at New York Giants W 34-26 10-6 MetLife Stadium Recap
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries

Week 1: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

The Eagles started their season at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars dominated the first half 17-0 with quarterback Chad Henne throwing two touchdown passes to rookie wide receiver, Allen Hurns. The Jaguars defense forced two fumbles on quarterback Nick Foles . In the second quarter after a Josh Scobee 49-yard field goal, Foles threw an interception in the end zone to Alan Ball. The ensuing drive led to a Scobee field goal that was blocked by the Eagles. The Eagles scored on their opening drive in the second half after veteran running back, Darren Sproles rushed 49 yards for a touchdown in his first game as an Eagle. Then, Foles threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Tight End, Zach Ertz on the next Eagles drive. Then on the first Eagles drive in the fourth quarter, Cody Parkey kicked a 51-yard field goal to tie the game up at 17. Then on the first play of the next Eagles drive, Foles threw a 68-yard touchdown pass to a wide open Jeremy Maclin to give the Eagles the first lead of the game, 24-17. Then, after stopping the Jaguars on fourth down, the Eagles marched down the field which led to a Parkey 28-yard field goal, bringing the lead to 27-17. On the next Jaguars drive, Trent Cole forced Chad Henne to fumble and Fletcher Cox picked it up and returned it for a touchdown. The Eagles won the game 34-17. With the win, the Eagles were 1-0.

Week 2: at Indianapolis Colts

Week 3: vs. Washington Redskins

Week 4: at San Francisco 49ers

Week 5: vs. St. Louis Rams

Week 6: vs. New York Giants

This marked the first time the Eagles had shut out an opponent since 1996. Darren Sproles tore his MCL during the game. The Eagles also introduced their blackout uniform in this game.

Week 8: at Arizona Cardinals

Carson Palmer lofted a 75-yard touchdown pass to rookie John Brown with 1:21 to play to give the Arizona Cardinals a stunning 24-20 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in a matchup of two of the NFL's four remaining one-loss teams.

The Cardinals (6-1) had a goal-line stand that forced the Eagles (5-2) to settle for a 20-yard field goal that put Philadelphia up 20-17 with 1:56 left. Then on third-and-five, Palmer - who also had an 80-yard TD pass to Larry Fitzgerald - heaved the ball deep, where the speedy Brown gathered it in and crossed the goal line just as he was being tackled. The Eagles drove to the Arizona 16. On the last play of the game, Jordan Matthews caught a pass from Nick Foles in the end zone but landed out of bounds.[5]

Week 9: at Houston Texans

Mark Sanchez would play for the first time as an Eagle when Nick Foles was injured in the first quarter. Darren Sproles returned from injury.

Week 10: vs. Carolina Panthers

Week 11: at Green Bay Packers

The Packers started hot and never looked back, cruising to an easy win over the Eagles, who were tied for the best record in the NFL.

The Packers took the ball and went 75 yards, with the big play being Aaron Rodgers hooking up with Jordy Nelson for 65 yards. However, two incomplete passes forced the Packers to settle for a 27-yard Mason Crosby field goal. After an Eagles punt, the Packers stormed 88 yards in 13 plays, taking 6:47 off the clock, ending with Rodgers connecting with DaVante Adams for a 6-yard touchdown pass. Rodgers continued to show that the Eagles' secondary was no match. The Eagles went three-and-out on their next drive, but this time Micah Hyde returned the punt 75 yards for a touchdown, extending the Packers lead to 17-0 in the first quarter. The Eagles finally managed points on their next drive, going 44 yards in 10 plays before Cody Parkey hit a 33-yard field goal with 13:08 remaining in the half. Unfortunately, for the Eagles, there was no stopping Aaron Rodgers. The Packers advanced 80 yards in only 6 plays, with Rodgers throwing for 60 yard on the drive, including the 27-yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson. The Eagles offense continued to sputter, punting on their next possession. The Packers continued their utter domination, moving to the Eagles 19 yard-line, but Malcolm Jenkins was flagged for pass interference in the end zone, moving the ball to the 1 yard-line. Eddie Lacy took it in on the very next play(the Packers two-point conversion attempt was unsuccessful) and the Packers led 30-3 with just 2:00 minutes left in the half. On their next drive, the Eagles managed to move 65 yards and Cody Parkey hit his second field goal of the half, trimming the score to 30-6 at halftime. The Eagles drove into Packer territory on their first possession of the second half, but Mark Sanchez lost a fumble that was recovered by Nick Perry. The Packers punted for the first time all night on their next drive, but the Eagles did nothing, punting themselves. The Packers proceeded to march 48 yards and Crosby was successful from 33 yards away, giving the Packers a 33-6 lead. On the following drive Mark Sanchez continued to give up the ball, with defensive end Julius Peppers returning an interception 52 yards for a touchdown making the score 39-6(Crosby's PAT was blocked). Sanchez drove the Eagles 80 yards, hitting Jordan Matthews 10 yards for a touchdown, closing the gap to 39-13. Rodgers responded by hitting Lacy 32 yards for a touchdown on a screen pass. Sanchez threw his second interception of the night on the next possession, but Crosby missed a field goal. Once again Sanchez turned it over (this time on a fumble), and Casey Hayward returned it 49 yards for a touchdown, making the score a humiliating, 53-13. Sanchez hit Jeremy Maclin for a 20-yard touchdown pass on the next Eagle possession, to close the scoring, giving the Packers a 53-20 victory. The Packers out gained the Eagles 475-429, but four turnovers (all by Sanchez) buried the Eagles.

Week 12: vs. Tennessee Titans

This win marked the Eagles' first ever win against the Tennessee Titans, since they changed their name and city from the Houston Oilers. Also Josh Huff scored a 107-yard Touchdown on the opening kickoff

Week 13: at Dallas Cowboys

Thanksgiving Day game

With this win, the Eagles were not only the sole leaders of their division, but at 9-3, they tied the Broncos, Patriots, Cardinals, and Packers for the best record in the entire NFL.

Week 14: vs. Seattle Seahawks

The Eagles wore their blackout uniform in this game.

Week 15: vs. Dallas Cowboys

Week 16: at Washington Redskins

Although the Redskins were 3-11 and had a 6-game losing streak, the Eagles lost to their divisional rivals due to a 4th quarter interception by Mark Sanchez. With the crippling loss, the Eagles fell to 9-6, and were eliminated from postseason contention after the Cowboys defeated the Colts the following Sunday.

Week 17: at New York Giants

With the win, the Eagles finished their season 10-6 and barely missed out on the playoffs. The team also swept the Giants for the first time since 2010.



NFC East
(3)Dallas Cowboys 12 4 0 .750 4-2 8-4 467 352 W4
Philadelphia Eagles 10 6 0 .625 4-2 6-6 474 400 W1
New York Giants 6 10 0 .375 2-4 4-8 380 400 L1
Washington Redskins 4 12 0 .250 2-4 2-10 301 438 L1


Division leaders
1[a] Seattle Seahawks West 12 4 0 .750 5-1 10-2 .525 .513 W6
2[a] Green Bay Packers North 12 4 0 .750 5-1 9-3 .482 .440 W2
3[a] Dallas Cowboys East 12 4 0 .750 4-2 8-4 .445 .422 W4
4 Carolina Panthers South 7 8 1 .469 4-2 6-6 .490 .357 W4
Wild Cards
5[b] Arizona Cardinals West 11 5 0 .688 3-3 8-4 .523 .477 L2
6[b] Detroit Lions North 11 5 0 .688 5-1 9-3 .471 .392 L1
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7 Philadelphia Eagles East 10 6 0 .625 4-2 6-6 .490 .416 W1
8 San Francisco 49ers West 8 8 0 .500 2-4 7-5 .527 .508 W1
9[c] New Orleans Saints South 7 9 0 .438 3-3 6-6 .486 .415 W1
10[c] Minnesota Vikings North 7 9 0 .438 1-5 6-6 .475 .308 W1
11[d] New York Giants East 6 10 0 .375 2-4 4-8 .512 .323 L1
12[d] Atlanta Falcons South 6 10 0 .375 5-1 6-6 .482 .380 L1
13[d] St. Louis Rams West 6 10 0 .375 2-4 4-8 .531 .427 L3
14 Chicago Bears North 5 11 0 .313 1-5 4-8 .529 .338 L5
15 Washington Redskins East 4 12 0 .250 2-4 2-10 .496 .422 L1
16 Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 2 14 0 .125 0-6 1-11 .486 .469 L6
  1. ^ a b c Seattle, Green Bay and Dallas were ranked in seeds 1-3 based on conference record.
  2. ^ a b Arizona defeated Detroit head-to-head (Week 11, 14-6).
  3. ^ a b New Orleans defeated Minnesota head-to-head (Week 3, 20-9).
  4. ^ a b c The New York Giants defeated both Atlanta and St. Louis head-to-head (Atlanta: Week 5, 30-20; St. Louis: Week 16, 37-27), while Atlanta finished ahead of St. Louis
    based on conference record.
  5. ^ 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.


  1. ^ "Eagles eliminated from playoffs as Dallas Cowboys rout Indianapolis Colts to win NFC East title". NJ.com. December 21, 2014.
  2. ^ "Eagles Release WR DeSean Jackson". philadelphiaeagles.com. Archived from the original on 28 March 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ "DeSean Jackson Signs 3-Year, $24M Deal With Redskins". CBSNewYork/AP. April 2, 2014.
  4. ^ Alper, Josh (May 5, 2014). "Eagles sign U.S. Army Ranger Alejandro Villanueva". ProFootballTalk. NBC Sports. Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press
  6. ^ "2014 Conference Standings". NFL.com. Retrieved 2014.
  7. ^ "2014 NFL playoff picture". CBS Sports. Retrieved 2014.

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