Johnson, Kitna help Bengals finish 8-8

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Philadelphia Eagles played as though
nothing was on the line.

With Donovan McNabb and several other starters sitting out, the
Eagles' backups were thoroughly dominated in a 38-10 loss to the
Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

"It's their first team against our second and third teams. It
didn't look well," Eagles coach Andy Reid said.

Rudi Johnson ran for three touchdowns and Jon Kitna threw a
scoring pass, helping the Bengals win their second straight game to
finish 8-8 for the second year in a row.

"We were going to win regardless who they played," Johnson
said. "We weren't concerned."

The Eagles (13-3) had five turnovers in their worst performance
since a 38-0 loss to Seattle in the 1998 season opener.
Philadelphia, which secured home-field advantage throughout the
playoffs two weeks ago, will play Jan. 15 or 16.

McNabb, running back Brian Westbrook, free safety Brian Dawkins,
defensive end Jevon Kearse and cornerback Lito Sheppard were among
the starters held out of the lineup. Cautious of injuries after Pro
Bowl wide receiver Terrell Owens went down with torn ankle
ligaments on Dec. 19, the Eagles played their starters briefly in
last Monday's loss to St. Louis.

Only the 1967 Green Bay Packers won the Super Bowl after losing
the final two regular-season games.

"Once we start practicing again, we'll get the same momentum we
had," Kearse said.

Johnson ran for 99 yards to finish with 1,453, breaking Corey
Dillon's team record of 1,435 set in 2000. Kitna, making his third
straight start since Carson Palmer injured his knee, was 16-of-27
for 160 yards.

Jeff Blake threw a 3-yard TD pass to Freddie Mitchell for
Philadelphia's only touchdown.

Johnson's 5-yard TD run capped a 13-play, 89-yard drive, giving
the Bengals a 7-0 lead in the second quarter. Kitna threw a 20-yard
TD pass to T.J. Houshmandzadeh to make it 14-0 midway through the

Defensive end Robert Geathers intercepted Blake's first pass and
returned it 36 yards for a score, putting the Bengals ahead 24-3.

After Rod Hood fumbled the ensuing kickoff, Cincinnati took over
at the Eagles 15. Johnson ran in from the 6 two plays later to make
it 31-3.

"I can't make an apology for winning," Bengals coach Marvin
Lewis said. You've got to go and win as many times as you can. The
(Eagles) earned their season the way they did."

The Eagles' best chance to score when the game still was in
reach came early in the third quarter. They had a first down at
Cincinnati's 8, but Koy Detmer was intercepted by Deltha O'Neal in
the end zone.

Detmer threw for 202 yards, but was intercepted twice and lost a

"That was tough," Detmer said of O'Neal's pick. "There was
plenty of time left. But it's over and done. Hopefully we can learn
from it."

Eagles Pro Bowl kicker David Akers hit a 46-yard field goal,
breaking the NFL record for most field goals of 40 yards or more in
a season with 17.

Game notes
The Eagles honored Reggie White with a pregame video
tribute, and also wore his No. 92 on their helmets. ... Eagles LB
Mark Simoneau strained his ankle and tight end L.J. Smith left with
lower back pain. ... McNabb needed two TD passes to break Sonny
Jurgensen's team record of 32. ... Houshmandzadeh finished with 71
yards receiving and 978 for the season, falling 22 yards short of
joining teammate Chad Johnson over the 1,000-yard mark. ... The
Bengals are 7-3 against the Eagles.


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