Tony Franklin kicked a 43-yard field goal with 57 seconds remaining, spoiling John Elway's home debut as the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Denver Broncos, 13-10, today.
Elway's 33-yard touchdown pass to running back Rick Parros had tied the score with 1:54 remaining. It was the first touchdown pass as a pro for the $5 million rookie and it helped atone for a rocky performance in the first half.
The Eagles, however, followed with two big pass plays to move into position for Franklin's clincher. Ron Jaworski completed a pass to Mike Quick for 38 yards, and then found Melvin Hoover for 24 yards to reach the Denver 18-yard line. After Harold Carmichael was whistled for offensive pass interference in the end zone, the Eagles settled for the field goal.
Jaworski passed 38 yards to Quick for a first quarter touchdown and the Philadelphia defense protected the margin as Denver failed to record a first down until midway through the second quarter.
But Elway got Denver moving in the third quarter with a 17-yard pass to Steve Watson and a 19-yard gain on a scramble to set up Rich Karlis' 34-yard field goal.
Two interceptions, one of them in the end zone by Herman Edwards, stymied Elway. The Eagles, meanwhile, got a 20-yard field goal from Franklin for a 10-3 advantage less than two minutes into the final quarter.