PHILADELPHIA (AP)—The Philadelphia Eagles played as though nothing was on the line.
“It’s their first team against our second and third teams. It didn’t look well,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said.
“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.
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 period.
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 fumble.
“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. ^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.