The Seattle Seahawks defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 17-9 in the Wild Card round of the 2019 NFL playoffs. Rookie WR D.K. Metcalf is the GCSN player of the game as he went for 160 yards on 7 Receptions and a touchdown.
Seattle just had to keep themselves from imploding once Carson Wentz left the game in the first quarter with a concussion. 40 year old journeyman Josh McCown came in and played the rest of the game. The Eagles offense just couldn’t click with McCown taking over.
The biggest difference in this game was how both teams played on third down. The Seahawks were 3 for 3 on third down and ten or more yards. One of which was a run for 18 yards by Russell Wilson on a 3rd and 15 in the third quarter. The Eagles went 4-12 on third down.
This game began as a snooze fest through the entire first quarter. Neither team made any real big plays on offense. Kicker Jason Myers had one field goal blocked and hit one on the quarter. D.K. metcalf had one big catch that went for 24 yards on a 3rd and 11.
Tyler Lockett made a phenomenal sideline catch that had to be challenged by Pete Carroll to count early in the second. Marshawn Lynch ended the first half with a five yard touchdown run leaving just 1:06 seconds left on the clock. The Eagles drive was then killed by a Quintin Jefferson sack.
Russell Wilson had already thrown for 181 yards at halftime. The real story was Metcalf at the half. 5 receptions for 71 yards. The Seahawks gained 204 yards by halftime compared to the 93 that the Eagles got.
The Eagles were knocking on the end edge of the endzone and K.J. Wright shut down Josh McCown on a QB draw saving the touchdown and holding Philly to another field goal. Metcalf opened up the third quarter with a 53 yard touchdown pass. This would be his third reception of the day that would go for more than twenty yards.
With two minutes to go, the Eagles have the ball on a 4th and 7 and they go for it. Jedeveon Clowney and Jarron Reed sack Josh McCown to give the Seahawks the ball back with less than two to go.
The Eagles started to gain momentum again to open up the fourth quarter. On a fourth and one, the Seattle defense stood still as Miles Sanders dropped a wide open pass. On the next drive Tre Flowers committed his second defensive pass interference of the game giving the Eagles the ball on the 13 yard line.
The biggest downside to this game for the Seahawks was their 11 penalties for 111 yards. They will have to tighten that up if they want to make a deeper run in the playoffs this year.
The Seattle Seahawks will now head to Green Bay next weekend to face Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in the Divisional Round.
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