The Philadelphia Eagles, who had scored three touchdowns rushing all season, got three today on two short sweeps by backup quarterback Joe Pisarcik and a 10-yard run by Wilbert Montgomery in a 27-17 victory over the New England Patriots.
The Eagles' sixth victory against eight losses and a tie eliminated New England (8-7) from playoff contention in the American Conference's Eastern Division.
The Eagles' rushing game, ranked last in the NFL with an 82-yard average, totaled 136 yards, with Montgomery gaining 100 in 19 carries. He was the first Eagle in 33 games to rush for 100 yards.
Pisarcik completed 16 of 29 passes for 205 yards. He carried five times for 20 yards and scored from the one and the three -- the latter coming in the fourth period and giving the Eagles their final margin.
"I didn't know I was a running quarterback," said Pisarcik, who incurred a back bruise on his second score. "You just do what you have to do. The coaches did a good job of calling those plays. They worked."
Paul McFadden kicked his league-leading 29th field goal of the season, a 46-yarder early in the third period, to put the Eagles ahead, 20-17.