The Seahawks may have just won their biggest game of the season on Sunday night. The Seahawks defended their home-turf and defeated the NFL’s best team in the Philadelphia Eagles (10-2), 24-10, putting themselves in a good spot in the NFC playoff race.
Russell Wilson played an outstanding game, completing 20 of his 31 passes for 227 yards and three touchdowns. This performance led Wilson to a QB rating of 118.6. Playing against one of the league’s best defenses, Wilson was sharp from the first snap of the game. Wilson spread the ball around, completing passes to seven different receivers, with all three touchdowns going to three different receivers. Wilson also received help from Mike Davis, who was promoted from the practice squad a few weeks ago. Davis played a strong game, running for 61 yards on 13 carries, but also added 37 receiving yards on four receptions.
Carson Wentz was able to put up huge numbers, but was unable to put points up on the board for the Eagles. Wentz completed 29 of his 45 passes for 348 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He was able to move the ball down the field, but as soon as the Eagles got into Seattle territory, they were unable to make plays. Bradley McDougald played an outstanding game, making multiple third down stops, and also racked up 12 tackles. Bobby Wagner led the defense with 13 tackles on the night.
Wilson was once again the best player on the Seahawks offense. He had to scramble away from multiple pressures, but made the backyard football plays that he has become known for. Wilson made almost zero mistakes throwing the ball. He also chipped in 31 rushing yards on six attempts. His 258 total yards was 85 percent of the Seahawks total offense, showing once again that the Seattle offense goes as Wilson goes.
With a decimated defense and a one-dimensional offense, the Seahawks needed to play a perfect game to beat the Eagles. And they did just that. Even the worst part of the team this season, the running backs, played very well tonight. Mike Davis is showing that he can handle the starting running back duties. And the injury filled Seattle secondary was able to make Carson Wentz not look like the MVP candidate that he has been all season. For that reason, there is no least valuable player for the Seahawks. Every unit played outstanding, and did not make a mistake for the Eagles to jump on.
Play of the Game
In the third quarter, the Eagles had driven down the field to the Seattle 25. Down 17-3, the Eagles were needing to score points to stay in the game. On third and three, Eagles tight end ran a slant that was knocked away by Seattle safety Bradley McDougald. Although he was four inches shorter and outweighed by 40 pounds, McDougald did not allow Ertz to box him out and was able to make a huge third down stop. The following play, the Eagles threw an incomplete pass on fourth down, turning the ball over. This created a huge momentum shift towards the Seahawks, and the Eagles could not recover.
The Seahawks (8-4) travel to Jacksonville to face off against the Jaguars on Sunday, December 10th at 4:25 p.m. EST. Fueled by a dominant defense, the Jaguars surprisingly find themselves in the middle of a playoff chase. This game is vital for both teams as they are both battling to win their divisions.