Russell Wilson threw for 230 yards, 177 of them to star receiver DK Metcalf, and the Seattle Seahawks cruised to a 23-17 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football, despite a late touchdown and 2-point conversion from the Eagles to make the game interesting.
Wilson and Metcalf singlehandedly picked apart the Eagles defence all night. Eagles cornerback Darius Slay was given the daunting task of covering Metcalf all game, and he flat out lost the battle against the 6’4”, 229 lb wide receiver.
Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz got off to a miserable start, looking very unconfident in his throwing decisions. He finished the first half with just 29 passing yards, the highlight being a 3-yard touchdown pass to TE Dallas Goedert. Wentz looked much better in the second half, throwing a 32-yard touchdown pass to Richard Rodgers with 21 seconds left in the game. Wentz would finish with a respectable 215 passing yards, 2 TDs and 1 INT.
Wentz’s lone interception came after a very interesting fourth quarter decision by Eagles coach Doug Pederson. The Eagles were facing 4th and 4 from the Seattle 15 yard line, down 20-9 with 8:41 remaining in the game. Instead of kicking a field goal to get the Eagles within one score (TD + 2 point conversion), Pederson kept his offence on the field. Wentz would go on to throw an end zone interception right to Seattle safety Quandre Diggs. Given the outcome of this game where the Eagles lost by 6, this was a huge miss for Pederson’s Eagles.
The first quarter would finish scoreless, despite Metcalf balling out for 101 yards receiving after the first 15 minutes. The Eagles struggled mightily on offence and were not able to get much by the Seahawks stout defence.
The Seahawks broke the scoreless tie 4:04 into the second quarter, with Wilson throwing a 1 yard touchdown pass to WR David Moore. Jason Myers kicked the extra point to make it 7-0 Seahawks. After Philadelphia responded with a 3-and-out, Wilson and Co. went back to work, with this drive ending in a 16-yard touchdown run by Chris Carson. Myers kicked another successful convert to make it 14-0. The Eagles did not manage a first down until Wentz ran for 20 yards with less than five minutes remaining in the first half.
Both teams traded unsuccessful drives, and Philadelphia would eventually get the ball back with just over a minute remaining in the half. With 12 seconds to go, Goedert caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from Wentz to get the Eagles on the board. Eagles kicker Jake Elliott was unsuccessful on the extra point, and the teams headed to the locker room with a 14-6 Seattle lead.
Both defences came strong out of the gate to start the second half, and the only offence of the third quarter was a pair of field goals, one from each team. Elliott nailed a 42 yard kick to cut the score to 14-9, before Myers responded with a 44 yard kick of his own to get the Seahawks back to an 8-point lead.
Cue the fourth quarter, where the intensity amped up and the excitement began.
Seahawks RB Carlos Hyde ran for a 17-yard touchdown in the first few minutes of the fourth quarter, but the touchdown was negated after a holding call on OT Cedric Ogbuehi. Despite the touchdown coming off the board, Myers connected on another field goal, this time from 33 yards, to make the lead 20-9 for the Seahawks.
Wentz’s offence responded with an impressive series of plays that got them to the Seattle 15 yard line. No points would come from it though, as Wentz through an end zone interception on 4th and 4.
Myers would have another successful kick from 39 yards out to make the score 23-9, which is where the score stood for the rest of the fourth quarter until Rodgers caught a 32-yard touchdown pass from Wentz on a desperation Hail Mary into the end zone. The ball was tipped into the air by a Seattle defender and Rodgers came down with the ball for the touchdown. Eagles RB Miles Sanders had a successful 2-point conversion rush to make the score 23-17 with 12 seconds to go, but that’s as close as the Eagles would get.
With the win, the Seahawks improved to 8-3 and jumped past the Los Angeles Rams into first place in the highly-competitive NFC West.
The Eagles fell to 3-7-1 and into third place in the not-so-competitive NFC East. The loss put them half a game behind the New York Giants and Washington Football Team, who are tied for first in the division at 4-7.
The Seahawks will enjoy three more games against under .500 teams, as they are scheduled to play the 4-7 New York Giants, 0-11 New York Jets, and 4-7 Washington Football Team in the next three consecutive weeks.
The Eagles schedule definitely does not get any easier, as they will take on the 8-3 Green Bay Packers, 9-2 New Orleans Saints, and 6-5 Arizona Cardinals over their next three consecutive weeks.
Seattle will face the Giants at their home Lumen Field, while the Eagles will travel to chilly Wisconsin to meet the Packers at Lambeau Field. Both games will be played on Sunday.
– Russell Wilson is now 6-0 against the Eagles in his career. The Seahawks as an organization have won 7 straight against Philadelphia.
– The Eagles had -4 net yards after the first quarter, which matched their worst first quarter in the past 30 seasons.
– The Eagles went 3-and-out on their first five drives of the game.
– Seattle’s defence entered the game allowing the most yards in the NFL and most yards passing, but held Philadelphia’s woeful offence to 250 yards over the game.
THREE STARS OF THE GAME
*** – Dallas Goedert, TE (PHI): 7 REC, 75 YDS, 1 TD
** – Russell Wilson, QB (SEA): 22/31, 230 YDS, 1 TD
* – DK Metcalf, WR (SEA): 10 REC, 177 YDS
Featured photo courtesy of Chris Szagola / AP
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