1978 Philadelphia Eagles season

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1978 Philadelphia Eagles season
Head coach Dick Vermeil
General manager Jim Murray
Owner Leonard Tose
Home field Veterans Stadium
Results
Record 9–7
Division place 2nd NFC East
Playoff finish Lost Wildcard

The 1978 Philadelphia Eagles season was the team's 46th season in the National Football League. The Eagles reached 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 NFL.

The Miracle at the Meadowlands[edit]

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.

The Eagles were 6–5 going into this game, and the win was crucial in that it ultimately allowed the Eagles to get the fifth-and-final playoff spot in the 1978 playoffs.

Off Season[edit]

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

NFL Draft[edit]

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 Selections[edit]

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 Wilkes Linebacker Georgia Tech
4 92 Dennis Harrison Defensive tackle Vanderbilt
5 118 Pick Traded to
Kansas City Chiefs
5 130 Norris Banks
Acquired Pick
Running back Kansas
6 145 Pick Traded to
Buffalo Bills
7 176 Pick Traded to
Oakland Raiders
7 186 Greg Marshall
Acquired Vikings Pick
Defensive tackle Oregon State
8 204 Pick traded to
Minnesota Vikings
9 230 Charles Williams Defensive back Jackson State
10 261 Pick traded to
Cleveland Browns
11 288 Bill Campfield Running back Kansas
12 315 Mark Slater Center Minnesota

Pre Season[edit]

  • 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 Season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

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 Recap[edit]

Week 1 vs LA Rams[edit]

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: September 3, 1978
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 76 degrees, wind 9 mph
  • [1]
Game information

Week 9 vs St Lou Cardinals[edit]

The St Louis Cardinals come into the game with a win-loss record of 0–8 against the 4th place, 4 wins and 4 losses 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: October 29, 1978
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 52 degrees, wind 8 mph
  • [2]
Game information

Week 11 vs NY Jets[edit]

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

Week 12: at NY Giants[edit]

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: November 19, 1978
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 49 degrees, wind 14 mph
  • Referee: Cal Lepore
  • [4]
Game information

Week 13 at St Louis Cardinals[edit]

After the games of week 11 the Philadelphia Eagles' outlook of being an NFC playoff team was 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 placekicking duties were given to the punter Mike Michel when regular kicker Nick Mick-Meyer got hurt. At the end of week 13 the Eagles found 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: November 26, 1978
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 43 degrees, wind 15 mph
  • [5]
Game information

Week 14[edit]

Week 15[edit]

Week 16[edit]

Standings[edit]

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
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Dallas Cowboys(2) 12 4 0 .750 7–1 9–3 384 208 W6
Philadelphia Eagles(5) 9 7 0 .563 4–4 6–6 270 250 W1
Washington Redskins 8 8 0 .500 4–4 6–6 273 283 L5
St. Louis Cardinals 6 10 0 .375 3–5 6–6 248 296 W1
New York Giants 6 10 0 .375 2–6 5–9 264 298 L1

1978 Roster[edit]

1978 Philadelphia Eagles Team Starters
'Offense
7   Ron Jaworski        QB
31  Wilbert Montgomery  RB
35  Mike Hogan          FB
17  Harold Carmichael   WR
82  Ken Payne           WR
84  Keith Krepfle       TE
75  Stan Walters        LT
72  Wade Key            LG
50  Guy Morriss         C
69  Woody Peoples       RG
76  Jerry Sisemore      RT
Defense
79   Manny Sistrunk     LDE
65   Charlie Johnson    NT
78   Carl Hairston      RDE
51   Reggie Wilkes      LB
66   Bill Bergey        LB
55   Frank LeMaster     LB
54   Drew Mahalic       LB
20   John Outlaw        LCB
46   Herman Edwards     RCB
41   Randy Logan        SS
26   John Sanders       FS
Kicking Team
1   Nick Mike-Mayer    K
2   Mike Michel        P
21  John Sciarra       DB/PR
37  Billy Campfield    RB/KR
= 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 Barnes 24 RB 7 0 220 5–11 1 Tennessee State
66 Bill Bergey* 33 LB 16 16 243 6–4 9 Arkansas State
34 James Betterson 24 RB 9 0 210 6–0 1 North Carolina
25 Bill Bryant 27 DB 3 0 195 5–11 2 Grambling State
95 John Bunting 28 LB 6 6 220 6–1 6 North Carolina
67 Lem Burnham 31 DE 15 0 236 6–4 1 U.S. International
37 Billy Campfield 22 RB 16 2 200 5–11 Rookie Kansas
17 Harold Carmichael* 29 WR-TE 16 16 225 6–8 7 Southern
71 Ken Clarke 22 NT-DT 16 0 268 6–2 Rookie Syracuse
46 Herman Edwards 24 DB 16 16 194 6–0 1 California and
San Diego State
13 Rick Engles 24 P 6 0 177 5–11 2 Tulsa
30 Cleveland Franklin 23 RB 16 4 216 6–2 1 Baylor
53 Dennis Franks 25 C 16 0 241 6–1 2 Michigan
64 Ed George 32 T 16 0 270 6–4 3 Ferrum,Wake Forest
33 Louie Giammona 25 RB 7 0 180 5–9 2 Utah State
78 Carl Hairston 26 DE-DT-LB 16 16 260 6–3 2 Md-Eastern Shore
68 Dennis Harrison 22 DE 16 6 275 6–8 Rookie Vanderbilt
89 Wally Henry 24 WR 3 0 175 5–8 1 UCLA
35 Mike Hogan 24 RB 14 12 213 6–2 2 Tennessee-Chattanooga
23 Bob Howard|34 DB 10 6 174 6–2 11 Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo and
San Diego State
7 Ron Jaworski 27 QB 16 16 196 6–2 4 Youngstown State
65 Charlie Johnson 26 NT 16 16 266 6–3 1 Colorado
49 Eric Johnson 26 DB 16 0 192 6–1 1 Washington State
72 Wade Key 32 G-T 13 12 245 6–5 8 Texas,Texas State
84 Keith Krepfle 26 TE 10 10 227 6–3 3 Iowa State
88 Bill Larson 25 TE 5 1 225 6–4 3 Colorado State
55 Frank LeMaster 26 LB 16 16 232 6–2 4 Kentucky
41 Randy Logan 27 DB 16 16 195 6–1 5 Michigan
63 Tom Luken 28 G 16 6 253 6–3 6 Purdue
32 Herb Lusk 25 RB 3 0 190 6–0 2 Long Beach State
54 Drew Mahalic 25 LB 9 8 225 6–4 3 Notre Dame
2 Mike Michel|24 P-K 10 0 177 5–10 1 Stanford
81 Oren Middlebrook 25 WR 16 0 185 6–2 Rookie Arkansas State
1 Nick Mike-Mayer 28 K 12 0 186 5–8 5 Temple
31 Wilbert Montgomery* 24 RB 14 14 196 5–10 1 Abilene Christian and
Jackson State
50 Guy Morriss 27 C 16 16 255 6–4 5 TCU
57 Mike Osborn 23 LB 16 1 235 6–5 Rookie Kansas State
86 Richard Osborne 25 TE 16 7 230 6–3 2 Texas A&M
20 John Outlaw 33 DB 14 8 180 5–10 9 Jackson State
83 Vince Papale 32 WR 13 0 195 6–2 2 St. Joseph's (PA)
Played no college football
82 Ken Payne 28 WR 16 9 185 6–1 4 Langston
69 Woody Peoples 35 G 15 14 252 6–2 10 Grambling State
52 Ray Phillips 24 LB 10 4 224 6–4 1 Nebraska
26 John Sanders 28 DB 15 15 175 6–1 4 South Dakota
21 John Sciarra 24 DB-QB 16 2 185 5–11 Rookie UCLA
76 Jerry Sisemore 27 T-G 16 16 265 6–4 5 Texas
79 Manny Sistrunk 31 DT-DE 16 10 269 6–5 8 Ark-Pine Bluff
85 Charlie A. Smith 28 WR 14 5 185 6–1 4 Grambling State
58 Terry Tautolo 24 LB 16 2 232 6–2 2 UCLA
75 Stan Walters* 30 T 16 16 275 6–6 6 Syracuse
11 John Walton 31 QB 4 0 210 6–2 2 Elizabeth City State
51 Reggie Wilkes 22 LB 16 13 235 6–4 Rookie Georgia Tech
47 Charles Williams 25 DB 7 1 180 6–1 Rookie Jackson State
53 Players
Team Average
26.7 16 217.9 6–1.8 3.1

Postseason[edit]

NFL Wild Card Game[edit]

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

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 honors[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Earl Campbell, 1977 Heisman Trophy winner "Heisman Trophy". Heismen. Archived from the original on June 14, 2009. Retrieved August 4, 2008. 
  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, 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, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 452

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