Saturday, September 5, 2015

Play on, Eagles!

How many plays can the Eagles run in a game? These teams may know.

Play on, Eagles!

Eagles coaches use large flash cards to signal plays. (Nick Wass/AP)
Eagles coaches use large flash cards to signal plays. (Nick Wass/AP)

The Eagles ran as many plays (37) in the first 18:46 of Monday night’s game as they had in an entire game against the Steelers in 2004. Although they finished with “only” 77 plays (49 rushes, 25 passes, 3 sacks), it is safe to say there is more fun to come.

How much fun? How does triple digits sound?

Only two teams have ever allowed an opponent to snap the ball 100 times in a game — and one of them will be lining up at Lincoln Financial Field Sunday.

Here are the most plays run in the league and by the Eagles, in both overtime and regulation games (since 1940):

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 No.  Team  Date  Opponent  Result
 110   Redskins   Nov. 4, 1990  @Lions  W 41-38
 100  Bears  Oct. 25, 1981  Chargers  W 20-17
   99  Bengals  Dec. 30, 2001  Steelers  W 26-23
   99  Packers  Oct. 12, 1980   @Bucs  T 14-14
 95  Packers  Oct. 26, 1986  49ers  L 17-31
 95  Steelers  Dec. 8, 2002  Texans  L 6-24
 95  Rams  Nov. 4, 1979  @Seahawks   W 24-0
 95  Chargers  Oct. 19, 1986  @Chiefs  L 41-42


 No.  Date  Opponent  Result
 96  Sept. 27, 1976  Redskins  L 17-20
 95  Dec. 13, 1992  @Seahawks  W 20-17
 87  Dec. 7, 1986  Rams  T 10-10
 85  Oct. 8, 1955  Redskins  W 37-34
 91  Nov. 19, 2006  Titans  L 13-31
 91  Nov. 27, 1949  Steelers  W 34-17
 89  Oct. 15, 1950  @Colts  W 24-14
 88  Sept. 9, 2012  @Browns  W 17-16
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