70-yard punt earns player of the week honor for Eagles’ Donnie Jones


Late in the fourth quarter on Sunday, it appeared that the Eagles’ huge lead was about to slip away. Washington had scored two touchdowns and two two-point conversions to close a once 24-0 gap to 24-16, and now the Eagles’ offense had been held to a three-and-out and would have to punt with 3:26 remaining.

Fortunately, Philadelphia punter Donnie Jones saved the best kick of his career for the perfect time: Jones unleashed a huge 70-yard punt that rolled out of bounds at the 4-yard line, pinning Washington deep in its own territory for its final offensive drive, a drive that would end with a game-sealing interception.

As a result, Jones has been chosen as this week’s NFC special teams player of the week.

And that 70-yard punt wasn’t all Jones did. He also boomed a 54-yard punt that was downed at the 2-yard line, a 43-yard punt that went out of bounds at the 17-yard line, a 49-yard punt that was returned for no yardage, a 45-yard punt that wasn’t returned and a 41-yard punt that was fair caught at the 15-yard line.

Jones’s 50.7-yard net average is the highest in Eagles history for any game with at least four punts, and he’s just the sixth punter since 1976 (when the NFL started keeping stats on punts inside the 20) to have a net average of better than 50 yards and land at least four punts inside the 20.

That 70-yard punt was the longest by an Eagle since Randall Cunningham booted an 80-yard punt in 1994.

7 responses to “70-yard punt earns player of the week honor for Eagles’ Donnie Jones

  1. Donnie Jones should take Mike Shanahan, Nick Williams and Keith Burns to dinner after Shanny hand-delivered this opportunity to Jones by allowing Burns to bring a new low to the worst special teams in league history by inserting the unprepared Williams to fumble and fail to field punt after punt.

  2. I was there, the importance of that punt cannot be underestimated. The Redskins had all the momentum. Donnie Jones got the distance and the bounce. It literally saved the game. It was the best punt I’ve ever seen (I didn’t see Cunningham’s though which is more amazing because he was the QB).

  3. a49erfan77 says:Nov 20, 2013 12:53 PM

    Wow…really…how is Hartley not the winner after kicking three 4th quarter FGs including a clutch game-winner?


    Because the three kicks went a total of 94 yards — 21, 42, 31.

  4. Now that is some burly punting there, and worthy of the weekly award.

    Speaking of punting…and yeah, this is a bit off-topic and a bit of “my team chest beating”, but, indulge me a moment….the Seahawks have allowed a total of fifteen yards on punt returns this season.

    Not average per kick, or average per game. The entire season.

    And that, too, is the result of some burly punting.

  5. hahahah

    I just took so much flack this weekend after sayin
    “The NFC East has some serious punters this year. Donnie Jones might be our defensive MVP”

    while i relize K are special teams, this guy has really bailed the defense out this season with his kicking game.
    strange how this guy comes out of nowhere to resurect his career and plants himself as one of the top “coffin corner” kickers in the league.

    special teams are certainly overlooked by most teams. If you can’t do the basics, you won’t have much luck.

    Now if they could only find someone to replace Alex Henery.

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