Earnest Jackson scored on a 51-yard touchdown run and Mike Quick caught two touchdown passes to lead the Philadelphia Eagles to a 24-14 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals today.
Jackson totaled 162 yards on 34 carries. "I was all banged up all day. I was just happy to get what I was getting," said Jackson.
Cardinals halfback Stump Mitchell ran for a career-best 179 yards on 22 carries and caught four passes for 79 yards and scored two touchdowns for St. Louis (4-7). Neil Lomax completed 12 of 20 passes for 196 yards but was sacked six times. "Just about every game that I've rushed for 100 yards, we've lost," Mitchell said.
Philadelphia (6-5) won despite losing quarterback Ron Jaworski early in the third period after a sack by linebacker Freddie Joe Nunn. Jaworski suffered a bruised right shoulder and rookie Randall Cunningham replaced him at 12:06.
Cunningham directed the Eagles to a 20-yard field goal by Paul McFadden with 12:50 left in the game and a 17-14 lead. Jackson broke off right tackle and ran 51 yards for an insurance touchdown with 9:16 left to make the score 24-14.
Philadelphia free safety Wes Hopkins blocked Carl Birdsong's punt attempt at the St. Louis 45 to set up the Eagles' first touchdown. With the ball on the Cardinals' 38, Jaworski handed off to Herman Hunter, who started a sweep but pulled up and threw a touchdown pass to Quick. McFadden added the first of his three extra points to make it 7-0. On their next possession the Eagles drove 52 yards, scoring on Jaworski's five-yard pass to Quick.
Mitchell ran 60 yards off tackle to set up his three-yard touchdown plunge on the first play of the second quarter.
On the Eagles' next possession, linebacker E.J. Junior intercepted a Jaworski pass at the goal line and returned it to the Cardinals' 39.
A 30-yard reverse by flanker J.T. Smith highlighted a 61-yard scoring drive that ended when Mitchell scored from one yard out to tie the score at 14-14.