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The Eagles franchise record for most completions in a game is 35, achieved twice by the most recent addition to the Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Fame. Donovan McNabb completed 35 passes in a game in 2005 and 2009, and interestingly enough, both times it was against the San Diego Chargers. The 2005 win will always be remembered for Matt Ware returning Quintin Mikell's blocked field goal 65 yards for a touchdown in the game’s final minutes.
First Eagle To Wear No. 35: T Tex Leyendecker (1933)
Most Recent Eagle To Wear No. 35: CB Trevard Lindley (2010)
E PETE PIHOS (1947-55)
No. 35 on our countdown brings us to one of the greatest players in Eagles history.
In 1945, the Eagles selected Pete Pihos in the fifth round of the NFL Draft, even though they knew that he had to finish his military service before he could join the team.
As it turns out, Pihos was worth the wait.
Pihos joined the Eagles in 1947 and compiled 1,148 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns in his first two seasons alone. In the 1948 NFL Championship Game, quarterback Tommy Thompson completed just two passes. Pihos was on the receiving end of both, as the Eagles beat the Chicago Cardinals 7-0. In the 1949 title game, Pihos caught a 31-yard touchdown as the Eagles knocked off the Los Angeles Rams, 14-0.
Pihos' numbers with the Eagles are incredible. He led the Eagles in receptions in eight of his nine seasons, with the only exception coming in 1952 when he was moved to defensive end (earning All-Pro honors). After switching back to offense in 1953, Pihos would lead the league in receptions for each of the next three seasons.
A six-time Pro-Bowl selection and five-time All-Pro choice, Pihos is remembered as one of the most talented players in Eagles history. He remains fourth on the Eagles' all-time receptions list with 373, and his 5,619 career receiving yards ranks fifth in team history. Pihos spent his entire nine-year career in Philadelphia and was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1970.