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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Eagles storm to "Blizzard Bowl" win
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

Dec. 19, 1948

Because of a driving snowstorm that makes it difficult to remove the tarpaulin over the field at Shibe Park in Philadelphia the players must help the grounds crew to remove it. The game starts a half-hour late. Chains can't be used for measurements and the sidelines are marked by ropes tied to stakes.

The crowd of 28,864 watches the Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Cardinals slip, slither and skid over the snow-covered field. The two teams combine for a total of 47 yards passing, with the Eagles completing only 2-of-12 passes for 12 yards.

Late in the third quarter Eagles defensive lineman Frank "Bucko" Kilroy recovers a fumble at the Cardinals' 17-yard line. On the third play of the fourth quarter, Steve Van Buren crashes outside right tackle and plunges through the snow into the end zone. The touchdown gives the Eagles a 7-0 victory and avenges their defeat to the Cardinals in last year's championship game.

The game will be known as the "Blizzard Bowl."

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