Ron Jaworski, booed by the crowd at the beginning of the game, passed for three touchdowns to lead Philadelphia to a 38-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals that clinched the home-field advantage for the Eagles in the National Football Conference's wild-card playoff.
The Eagles (10-6), making the playoffs for the fourth straight year, will play the New York Giants at Veterans Stadium Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
The Eagles had lost their last four games while scoring only 43 points. Today they gained 444 yards, and Jaworski threw touchdown passes of four yards to Charlie Smith, six yards to Harold Carmichael and 29 yards to Billy Campfield before leaving the game to cheers from the crowd with 9:47 left in the third quarter.
"I'm pleased to see Ron Jaworski do so well under what could have been a pressure situation," said Philadelphia Coach Dick Vermeil.
"You never give up on good people. He's got more character than any one person who ever booed him."
Wilbert Montgomery gained 108 yards in 13 carries and scored on a nine-yard run in the second period. Rookie Hubie Oliver scored from 18 yards out in the period for his first NFL touchdown and Tony Franklin kicked a 44-yard field goal in the third period.
The top-ranked Philadelphia defense limited the Cardinals (7-9) to 211 yards, forced six turnovers and sacked rookie quarterback Neil Lomax seven times.
The Eagles had touchdown drives of 47, 47 and 48 yards en route to a 28-0 halftime lead, outgaining the Cardinals, 309-43. St. Louis did not advance past the Philadelphia 36 until late in the fourth quarter.
For St. Louis, Ottis Anderson gained 102 yards on 19 carries, and rookie kick returner Stump Mitchell set a league record for combined yardage on punt and kickoff returns, breaking the mark of 1,658 set by Bruce Harper of the New York Jets in 1978.