Seahawks Beat Injury-riddled Eagles 17-9, Advance to Divisional Round Against Packers

Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson passes during the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

We’re headed to Green Bay!

It was a case of “second verse, same as the first” in the final NFL Wild Card weekend game, as the Seattle Seahawks once again beat the Philadelphia Eagles by a score of 17-9, only this time Philly did not get a touchdown.

Russell Wilson threw for 325 yards on 18/30 passing, DK Metcalf had a phenomenal playoff debut with 7 catches for 160 yards and a touchdown, Marshawn Lynch got into the end zone on an otherwise ineffective day, while the defense racked up seven sacks. The unfortunate moment of the game occurred early in the opening quarter, when a bad hit by Jadeveon Clowney went unpenalized as his helmet hit the back of Carson Wentz’s helmet, and Wentz missed the remainder of his first playoff start with a head injury.

Seattle is off to the NFC Divisional Round against the Packers.

1st Half

The Seahawks got the ball first and went three-and-out. Travis Homer fumbling his first carry and Tyler Lockett dropping a 3rd and 4 conversion led to an early punt. Philadelphia responded with a three-and-out that included a fumble by Carson Wentz after a pitch back to Miles Sanders went awry. Seattle got great field position near midfield after David Moore was whacked on a fair caught punt return by Craig James.

Seattle almost took advantage of the good field position. Travis Homer and Russell Wilson gained chunk yards on the ground, but Jason Myers’ 35-yard field goal would get blocked by Philadelphia’s Vinny Curry to keep the game scoreless.

The Seahawks got on the board first with a Myers 49-yard field goal. Russell’s third down throw on the run to DK Metcalf gained 24 yards and helped spur Seattle to the game’s first points. It would’ve been cooler if this offsides was called on 3rd and 3.

Carson Wentz was concussed on this hit by Jadeveon Clowney, with the Eagles ruling him questionable and then later out for the game. Josh McCown took over, making an undermanned Eagles offense that much more shorthanded.

Despite Seattle’s statistical dominance and Tyler Lockett’s brilliance, the Seahawks and their costly penalties were drive-killers. A DJ Fluker hold and a delay of game led to another punt early in the 2nd quarter. Philadelphia got a quality drive going, with Josh McCown leading a 13-play, 64-yard drive ending in a Jake Elliott tying field goal. 3-3.

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SOURCE: Field Gulls, Mookie Alexander