Raul Allegre's fifth field goal of the game, a 30-yarder with 2 minutes 7 seconds left, gave the Baltimore Colts a 22-21 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles today.
The Colts (5-4) got their chance for the winning field goal when rookie Steve Parker recovered a fumbled pitchout by Perry Harrington at the Philadelphia 41 with 8:10 left.
The Colts got a first down at the 31 on a third-down, 14-yard pass from quarterback Mike Pagel to Matt Bouza. Three running plays gave them a first down at the 20. But the Eagles held, and Allegre came on.
Seven minutes earlier, Allegre--who has kicked 18 field goals in 21 attempts this season--missed a 27-yarder that appeared to have been the Colts' last chance.
"On the missed field goal, the snap was good," Allegre said. "I thought it went over the right post but the officials said no.
"I don't know what happened. I was very mad at myself. You just don't miss those. Then when we recovered the ball, I knew we were setting it up for me again and I was glad to get the opportunity."
The Eagles (4-5) had taken a 21-19 lead on an eight-play, 44-yard drive ended by quarterback Ron Jaworski's six-yard pass to Harold Carmichael. It was Carmichael's 78th touchdown, breaking the team record of 77 held by Steve Van Buren.
After Allegre's winning field goal, the Eagles, with 15 seconds left, tried a 62-yard field goal by Tony Franklin, but it was far short. It was the fourth straight defeat for Philadelphia.
"I think, after today, we're getting back to where we were before the last two games," Coach Frank Kush said, referring to two defeats for the Colts. "We have a young ball club. We have problems maintaining consistancy. But we made some big plays on defense today."
Philadelphia Coach Marion Campbell was not pleased with his defense.
"We didn't give our offense an opportunity to get going," he said. "The (Colts) ball control was not to our liking, and a fumble at the end cost us the game."