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1978 Philadelphia Eagles season
Head Coach Dick Vermeil
Home Field
Results
Record 9–7
Place 2nd NFC East
Playoff Finish Lost Wildcard
Timeline
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1977 1979

The 1978 Philadelphia Eagles season resulted in an appearance in the postseason for the first time in eighteen years, which ended the longest postseason drought in the franchise’s history and one of the longest in the history of the National Football League.

Off SeasonEdit

The Eagles held their last training camp at Widener University in the city of Chester, in Delaware County, Pennsylvania)

NFL DraftEdit

The 1978 NFL Draft The draft was held May 2–3, 1978. The league also held a supplemental draft after the regular draft and before the regular season. The draft was 12 rounds long with a total of 334 players selected.

The Eagles, because of previous trades made, had to wait until the 3rd round for their first pick. They would only have 7 picks and of these 7 players selected, 5 made the team and played during the season. With the 66th pick the Eagles as their first pick in the draft the Philadelphia Eagles selected Reggie Wilkes a Linebacker out of Georgia Tech.

The number 1 overall pick in the draft was taken by the Houston Oilers who selected the 1977 Heisman Trophy winner, Earl Campbell [1] a Running Backout of the University of Texas

Future Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, in 2006, Warren Moon, a Quarterback from University of Washington, went undrafted. He is also in the Canadian Football League's Hall of Fame.

Player SelectionsEdit

The table shows the Eagles selections and what picks they had that were traded away and the team that ended up with that pick. It is possible the Eagles' pick ended up with this team via another team that the Eagles made a trade with. Not shown are acquired picks that the Eagles traded away.

= Pro Bowler [2] = Hall of Famer
Rd PICK PLAYER POS SCHOOL
1 8 Pick Traded to
Cincinnati Bengals
2 35 Pick Traded to
Cincinnati Bengals
3 66 Reggie WilkesLinebackerGeorgia Tech
4 92 Dennis HarrisonDefensive tackleVanderbilt
5 118 Pick Traded to
Kansas City Chiefs
5 130 Norris Banks
Acquired Pick
Running backKansas
6 145 Pick Traded to
Buffalo Bills
7 176 Pick Traded to
Oakland Raiders
7 186 Greg Marshall
Acquired Vikings Pick
Defensive tackleOregon State
8 204 Pick traded to
Minnesota Vikings
9 230 Charles WilliamsDefensive backJackson State
10 261 Pick traded to
Cleveland Browns
11 288 Bill CampfieldRunning backKansas
12 315 Mark SlaterCenterMinnesota

Pre SeasonEdit

  • On August 5, the NFL played its first game in Mexico City. The New Orleans Saints beat the Philadelphia Eagles by a score of 14–7.[3]

Regular SeasonEdit

The Miracle at the Meadowlands is the term used by sportscasters and Philadelphia Eagles fans for a fumble recovery by cornerback Herman Edwards that he returned for a touchdown at the end of a November 19, 1978 NFL game against the New York Giants in Giants Stadium. It was seen as miraculous because it occurred at a point in the game when the Giants were easily capable of running out the game's final seconds. The Giants had the ball, and the Eagles had no timeouts left. Everyone watching expected quarterback Joe Pisarcik to take one more snap and kneel with the ball, thus running out the clock and preserving a 17–12 Giant upset. Instead, he attempted to hand it off to fullback Larry Csonka and botched it, allowing Edwards to pick up the ball and run 26 yards for the winning score.

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 3, 1978 Los Angeles Rams L 16–14
64,721
2 September 10, 1978 at Washington Redskins L 35–30
54,380
3 September 17, 1978 at New Orleans Saints W 24–17
49,242
4 September 24, 1978 Miami Dolphins W 17–3
62,998
5 October 1, 1978 at Baltimore Colts W 17–14
50,314
6 October 8, 1978 at New England Patriots L 24–14
61,016
7 October 15, 1978 Washington Redskins W 17–10
65,722
8 October 22, 1978 at Dallas Cowboys L 14–7
60,525
9 October 29, 1978 St. Louis Cardinals L 16–10
62,989
10 November 5, 1978 Green Bay Packers W 10–3
64,214
11 November 12, 1978 New York Jets W 17–9
60,249
12 November 19, 1978 at New York Giants W 19–17
70,318
13 November 26, 1978 at St. Louis Cardinals W 14–10
39,693
14 December 3, 1978 at Minnesota Vikings L 28–27
38,722
15 December 10, 1978 Dallas Cowboys L 31–13
64,667
16 December 17, 1978 New York Giants W 20–3
56,396

Game RecapEdit

Week 1 vs LA RamsEdit

Week 1: Philadelphia Eagles vs Los Angeles Rams
1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 3 3 0 10

16

Eagles 0 0 0 14

14

at Veterans Stadium on AstroTurf,

  • Date: Sunday, September 3, 1978
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 76 degrees, wind 9 mph
  • [1]
Game information
1st quarter
  • Rams – Frank Corral 29 yard field goal, Rams 3–0
2nd quarter
  • Rams – Frank Corral 47 yard field goal, Rams 6–0
3rd quarter
  • No Scoring
4th quarter
  • Rams – Nolan Cromwell 0 yard fumble return (Frank Corral kick), Rams 13–0
  • Eagles – Ken Payne 24 yard pass from Ron Jaworski (Nick Mike-Mayer kick) Rams 13–7
  • Eagles – Wally Henry 57 yard punt return (Nick Mike-Mayer kick), Eagles 14–13
  • Rams – Frank Corral 46 yard field goal, Rams 16–14
Passing
  • Eagles – Ron Jaworski: 7 of 17 for 102 yards, 1 TD, 1 ints
  • Rams – Pat Haden: 14 of 33 for 154 yards, O TD, 0 ints
Rushing
  • Eagles – 30 Att, 128 Yards, 0 TDS
  • Wilbert Montgomery, 12 Att, 46 yards, 1 TD
  • Rams – 33 Att, 103 Yards, 0 TDS
  • Wendell Tyler – 10 Att, 36 yards, 0 TD
Receiving
  • Eagles – Harold Carmichael: 1 rec, 32 yards, 0 TD
  • Rams – Willie Miller: 3 rec, 44 yards, 0 TD
NFC East Standing
  • Dallas, New York & Washington (1–0); Philadelphia & St. Louis (0–1)

Week 9 vs St Lou CardinalsEdit

The St Louis Cardinals come into the game with a win less record of 0–8 against the 4th place 4 wins and 4 loses Philadelphia Eagles.

Week 1: Philadelphia Eagles vs St Louis Cardinals
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 0 13 0 3

16

Eagles 0 10 0 0

10

at Veterans Stadium on AstroTurf,

  • Date: Sunday, September 3, 1978
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 52 degrees, wind 8 mph
  • [2]
Game information
1st quarter
  • No Scoring
2nd quarter
  • Eagles – Nick Mike-Mayer 25 yard field goal, Eagles 3 – 0
  • Cardinals – Jim Otis 7 yard rush (kick failed) Cardinals 6 – 3,'
  • Eagles – Harold Carmichael 33 yard pass from Ron Jaworski (Nick Mike-Mayer kick), Eagles 10 – 6
  • Cardinals – Dave Stief 55 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick) Cardinals 13 – 10
3rd quarter
  • No Scoring
4th quarter

4th Cardinals – Jim Bakken 31 yard field goal Cardinals 16 – 10

NFC East Standing
  • Washington (7–2)
  • Dallas (6–3)
  • New York (5–4)
  • Philadelphia (4–5)
  • St. Louis (1–8)
Passing
  • Eagles – Ron Jaworski: 21 of 40 for 231 yards, 1 TD, 1 ints
  • Cardinals – Jim Hart: 12 of 24 for 260 yards, 1 TD, 3 ints
Rushing
  • Eagles – 28 Att, 132 Yards, 0 TDS
  • Billy Campfield, 10 Att, 74 yards, 0 TD
  • Cardinals – 35 Att, 94 Yards, 1 TDS
  • Jim Otis – 22 Att, 72 yards, 1 TD
Receiving
  • Eagles – Harold Carmichael: 7 rec, 126 yards, 1 TD
  • Cardinals – Mel Gray: 2 rec, 76 yards, 0 TD
Team Stats STL PHI
  • First downs STL 15 – PHIL 19
  • Rush-yards-TDs STL 35–94–1 – PHIL 28–132–0
  • Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT
  • STL 12–24–260–1–3
  • PHIL 21–40–231–1–3
  • Sacked-yards STL 0–0 – PHIL 2–11
  • Net pass yards STL 260 – PHIL 220
  • Total yards STL 354 – PHIL 352
  • Fumbles-lost STL 4–0 – PHIL 4–2
  • Turnovers STL 3 – PHIL 5
  • Penalties-yards STL 7–53 – PHIL 6–45

Week 11 vs NY JetsEdit

Week 11: Philadelphia Eagles vs New York Jets
1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 0 3 6 0

9

Eagles 0 7 3 7

17

at Veterans Stadium on AstroTurf,

  • Date: Sunday, November 12, 1978
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 50 degrees, wind 9 mph
  • [3]
Game information
1st quarter

No Scoring

2nd quarter
  • Rams – Frank Corral 47 yard field goal, Rams 6 – 0
  • Eagles – Harold Carmichael 18 yard pass from Ron Jaworski (Nick Mike-Mayer kick) Eagles 7 – 3
3rd quarter
  • Eagles – Nick Mike-Mayer 39 yard field goal Eagles 10 – 3
  • Jets Kevin Long 5 yard rush (kick failed) Eagles 10 – 9
4th quarter
  • Jets – Pat Leahy 41 yard field goal Jets 3–0
  • Eagles – Harold Carmichael 6 yard pass from Ron Jaworski (Nick Mike-Mayer kick) Eagles 17 – 9
NFC East Standing
  • Washington (8–3)
  • Dallas (7–4)
  • Philadelphia (6–5)
  • New York & (5–6)
  • St. Louis (3–8)
Other Teams
  • Los Angeles (9–2) Leads NFC West
  • Atlanta (7–4)
  • Green Bay (7–4)
  • Minnrsota (7–4)
Passing
  • Eagles – Ron Jaworski: 13 of 23 for 135 yards, 2 TD, 1 ints
  • Jets – Matt Robinson: 10 of 23 for 143 yards, O TD, 2 ints
Rushing
  • Eagles – 43 Att, 154 Yards, 0 TDS
  • Billy Campfield: 22 Att, 92 yards, 0 TD
  • Jets – 33 Att, 108 Yards, 1 TDS
  • Kevin Long: 15 Att, 62 yards, 1 TD
Receiving
  • Eagles – Harold Carmichael: 3 rec, 45 yards, 2 TD
  • Rams – Willie Miller: 5 rec, 88 yards, 0 TD

Week 12: at NY GiantsEdit

The Miracle at the Meadowlands is the term used by sportscasters and Philadelphia Eagles fans for a fumble recovery by cornerback Herman Edwards that he returned for a touchdown at the end of a November 19, 1978 NFL game against the New York Giants in Giants Stadium. It was seen as miraculous because it occurred at a point in the game when the Giants were easily capable of running out the game's final seconds. The Giants had the ball, and the Eagles had no timeouts left. Everyone watching expected quarterback Joe Pisarcik to take one more snap and kneel with the ball, thus running out the clock and preserving a 17–12 Giant upset. Instead, he attempted to hand it off to fullback Larry Csonka and botched it, allowing Edwards to pick up the ball and run 26 yards for the winning score.

Week 12: Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 0 6 0 13

19

Giants 14 0 3 0

17

at The Meadowlands on AstroTurf,

  • Date: Sunday, November 19, 1978
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 49 degrees, wind 14 mph
  • [4]
Game information
1st quarter
  • Giants – Bobby Hammond 19 yard pass from Joe Pisarcik (Joe Danelo kick), Giants 7–0
  • Giants – Johnny Perkins 30 yard pass from Joe Pisarcik (Joe Danelo kick), Giants 14–0
2nd quarter
  • Eagles – Wilbert Montgomery 8 yard rush (kick failed), Giants 14–6
3rd quarter
  • Giants – Joe Danelo 37 yard field goal, Giants 17–6
4th quarter
  • Eagles – Mike Hogan 1 yard rush (kick failed), Giants 17–12
  • Eagles – Herman Edwards 26 yard fumble return (Mike Michel kick), Eagles 19–17
Passing
  • Eagles – Ron Jaworski: 15 of 31 for 164 yds, 0 tds, 3 ints
  • Giants – Joe Pisarcik: 13 of 23 for 181 yds, 2 tds, 1 ints
Rushing
  • Eagles – 45–150–2, Wilbert Montgomery, 22 Att, 88 yards, 1 TD
  • Giants – 31–100–0, Doug Kotar – 13 Att, 36 yards, 0 TD
Receiving
  • Eagles – Harold Carmichael: 5 rec, 105 yards, 0 TD
  • Giants – Jim Robinson: 4 rec, 73 yards, 0 TD
  • Giants – Johnny Perkins: 3 rec, 65 yards, 1 TD
NFC East Standing
  • Dallas (8–4)
  • Washington (8–4)
  • Eagles (7–5)
  • Giants (5–7)
  • Cards (4–8)

Week 13 at St L CardinalsEdit

After the games of week 11 the Philadelphia Eagles look out of being an NFC playoff team were slim. They were in 3rd place in the NFC East and behind 4 teams for a Wild Card team spot. That was some of the reasoning why the place kicking duties were given to the punter Mike Michel when regular kicker Nick Mick-Meyer got hurt. At the end of week 13 the Eagles find themselves trailing division leading Dallas by 1 game, and tied with the Atlanta Falcons and Washington Redskins for 1 of 2 Wild Card team playoff spots.

Week 12: Philadelphia Eagles at St Louis Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 0 7 0 7

14

Cardinals 3 0 0 7

10

at Busch Memorial Stadium on AstroTurf,

  • Date: Sunday, November 26, 1978
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 43 degrees, wind 15 mph
  • [5]
Game information
1st quarter
  • Cardinals – Jim Bakken 32 yard field goal, Cardinals 3 – 0
2nd quarter
  • Eagles – Charlie A. Smith 22 yard pass from Ron Jaworski (Mike Michel kick) Eagles 7 – 3
3rd quarter
  • No Scoring
4th quarter
  • Eagles – Mike Hogan 2 yard rush (Mike Michel kick), Eagles 14 – 3
  • Cardinals – Pat Tilley 1 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick), Eagles 14 – 10
NFC East Standing
  • Dallas (9–4)
  • Eagles (8–5)
  • Washington (8–5)
  • Giants (5–8)
  • Cardinals (4–9)
Other Teams
  • Atlanta (8–5)
  • Minnesota (7–5–1)
  • Green Bay (7–5–1)
Passing
  • Eagles – Ron Jaworski: 15 of 31 for 164 yds, 0 tds, 3 ints
  • Cardinals – Joe Pisarcik: 13 of 23 for 181 yds, 2 tds, 1 ints
Rushing
  • Eagles – 45–150–2, Wilbert Montgomery, 22 Att, 88 yards, 1 TD
  • Cardinals – 31–100–0, Doug Kotar – 13 Att, 36 yards, 0 TD
Receiving
  • Eagles – Harold Carmichael: 5 rec, 105 yards, 0 TD
  • Cardinals – Jim Robinson: 4 rec, 73 yards, 0 TD
Team Stats
  • First downs PHIL 15 – ST L 17
  • Rush-yards-TDs PHIL 37–95–1 – ST L 25–102–0
  • Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT
  • PHIL 13–25–156–1–0
  • ST L 20–37–197–1–2
  • Sacked-yards PHIL 1–7 – ST L 1–5
  • Net pass yards PHIL 149 – ST L 192
  • Total yards PHIL 244 – ST L 294
  • Fumbles-lost PHIL 1–0 – ST L 2–1
  • Turnovers PHIL 0 – ST L 3
  • Penalties-yards PHIL 8–74 – ST L 3–25

Week 14Edit

Week 15Edit

Week 16Edit

StandingsEdit

The Eagles were hampered by the loss of their placekicker (Nick Mike-Mayer) in the closing weeks of the season and his replacement (punter Mike Michel) was unable to make several extra point kicks and missed all field goal attempts.

NFC East
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
Dallas Cowboys 1240.750384208
Philadelphia Eagles 970.563270250
Washington Redskins 880.500273283
St. Louis Cardinals 6100.375248296
New York Giants 6100.375264298

1978 RosterEdit

= 1978 Pro Bowl Selection [4] = Hall of Famer
  • + After name means 1st team selection
NO. Player AGE POS GP GS WT HT YRS College
Dick Vermeil 40 Head Coach 3 San Jose State
38 Larry Barnes24RB702205–11 1 Tennessee State
66 Bill Bergey*33LB16162436–49Arkansas State
34 James Betterson24RB902106–0 1 North Carolina
25 Bill Bryant27DB301955–112 Grambling State
95 John Bunting28LB662206–16 North Carolina
67 Lem Burnham31DE1502366–4 1 U.S. International
37 Billy Campfield22RB1622005–11RookieKansas
17 Harold Carmichael*29WR-TE16162256–87Southern
71 Ken Clarke22NT-DT1602686–2RookieSyracuse
46 Herman Edwards24DB16161946–0 1 California and
San Diego State
13 Rick Engles24P601775–112 Tulsa
30 Cleveland Franklin23RB1642166–2 1 Baylor
53 Dennis Franks25C1602416–12 Michigan
64 Ed George32T1602706–43Ferrum,Wake Forest
33 Louie Giammona25RB701805–92Utah State
78 Carl Hairston26DE-DT-LB16162606–32 Md-Eastern Shore
68 Dennis Harrison22DE1662756–8Rookie Vanderbilt
89 Wally Henry24WR301755–8 1 UCLA
35 Mike Hogan24RB14122136–22Tennessee-Chattanooga
23 Bob Howard34DB1061746–211 Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo and
San Diego State
7 Ron Jaworski27QB16161966–24Youngstown State
65 Charlie Johnson26NT16162666–3 1 Colorado
49 Eric Johnson26DB1601926–1 1 Washington State
72Wade Key32G-T13122456–58Texas,Texas State
84 Keith Krepfle26TE10102276–33Iowa State
88Bill Larson25 TE5 1 2256–43Colorado State
55 Frank LeMaster26LB16162326–24 Kentucky
41 Randy Logan27DB16161956–15 Michigan
63Tom Luken28G1662536–36Purdue
32 Herb Lusk25RB301906–02 Long Beach State
54Drew Mahalic25LB982256–43Notre Dame
2 Mike Michel24P-K1001775–10 1 Stanford
81 Oren Middlebrook25WR1601856–2RookieArkansas State
1 Nick Mike-Mayer 28K1201865–85Temple
31 Wilbert Montgomery*24RB14141965–10 1 Abilene Christian and
Jackson State
50 Guy Morriss27C16162556–45TCU
57 Mike Osborn23LB16 1 2356–5RookieKansas State
86 Richard Osborne25TE1672306–32Texas A&M
20 John Outlaw33DB1481805–109Jackson State
83 Vince Papale32WR1301956–22St. Joseph's (PA)
Played no college football
82 Ken Payne28WR1691856–14 Langston
69 Woody Peoples35G15142526–210 Grambling State
52 Ray Phillips24LB1042246–4 1 Nebraska
26 John Sanders28DB15151756–14 South Dakota
21 John Sciarra24DB-QB1621855–11RookieUCLA
76 Jerry Sisemore27T-G16162656–45 Texas
79 Manny Sistrunk31DT-DE16102696–58 Ark-Pine Bluff
85 Charlie A. Smith28WR1451856–14 Grambling State
58Terry Tautolo24LB1622326–22UCLA
75 Stan Walters*30T16162756–66Syracuse
11 John Walton31QB402106–22Elizabeth City State
51 Reggie Wilkes22LB16132356–4RookieGeorgia Tech
47 Charles Williams25DB7 1 1806–1RookieJackson State
53 Players
Team Average
26.7 16 217.9 6–1.8 3.1

PostseasonEdit

NFL Wild Card GameEdit

Atlanta Falcons 14, Philadelphia Eagles 13
1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 6 0 7 0

13

Falcons 0 0 0 14

14

at Atlanta Fulton County Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia

The Falcons won their first playoff game in team history after they overcame a 13–0 deficit by scoring 2 touchdowns in the final 5 minutes of the game. Punter Mike Michel, who took over placekicker duties when regular placekicker Nick Mike-Mayer got injured in week 12, missed a possible game winning field goal in closing seconds.

Awards and honorsEdit

Pro-Bowl Selections

  • Bill Bergey – LB
  • Harold Carmichael – WR
  • Wilbert Montgomery – RB
  • Stan Walters – Tackle

League Leaders[5]

  • Harold Carmichael, NFC Leader, Receiving Yards – 1072 [6]
  • Wilbert Montgomery, NFC Leader, Rushing Avg – 4.6

ReferencesEdit

  1. Earl Campbell, 1977 Heisman Trophy winner "Heisman Trophy". http://www.heisman.com/winners/e-campbell77.html. Retrieved 2008-08-04.[dead link]
  2. Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro-Bowl at any time in their career.
  3. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York, NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p.284
  4. Players are identified as a 1978 Pro Bowl.
  5. http://www.databasefootball.com/leagues/leagueyear.htm?lg=nfl&yr=1978
  6. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York, NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 452
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