Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski broke a club record for touchdown passes today with a game-winning 10-yard throw to Harold Carmichael in the fourth quarter that beat the playoff-bound Dallas Cowboys, 24-20.
The Eagles raised their record to 3-5, but were virtually eliminated from the playoffs. The Cowboys dropped to 6-2 after winning their last six, but clinched a first-round home-field advantage in the playoffs because Green Bay defeated Atlanta.
"We haven't been playing particularly well the last two weeks and it was hard to get up for a 2-5 team, even if it is Philadelphia," said Dallas Coach Tom Landry.
Jaworski's 112th touchdown pass broke the record held by Norm Snead.
Two plays by reserve defensive end Greg Brown of Washington, D.C., resulted in 10 points for the Eagles in a game played in near-freezing rain.
They scored early in the first period when Brown batted the ball out of quarterback Danny White's hands and fell on it in the end zone for his first NFL touchdown. Brown again stripped the ball from White late in the game to set up a short field goal.
Dallas rallied to lead, 17-14, at halftime after White passed 33 yards to Butch Johnson for one touchdown and, after the Eagles' Leroy Harris scored from a yard out, 11 yards to tight end Doug Cosbie.
Bob Breunig recovered Jaworski's fumble at the Eagle 36 to set up Cosbie's touchdown.
An interference call on Eagles linebacker Jerry Robinson put the ball at the 20. On a fourth-and-one situation from the 11, the Cowboys fooled the Eagles as White passed to Cosbie.
Dallas led, 17-14, at the half on Rafael Septien's 18-yard field goal. It was set up by cornerback Dennis Thurman's interception of a pass from Jaworski that caromed off receiver Ron Smith at the Philadelphia 36.
Septien's 33-yard fourth-quarter field goal gave Dallas a 20-14 lead but the Eagles drove 62 yards for the game-winning touchdown.