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Seahawks look like their old selves in 24-10 win over Eagles

Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times on

Published in Football

SEATTLE -- There was the strip, and there was the flip.

And, yes, there was a lot else, too, on a night when the Seahawks proved they are indeed not yet ready to be put to sleep -- to paraphrase the words last week of linebacker K.J. Wright -- in beating the team with the NFL's best record, the Philadelphia Eagles, 24-10 at CenturyLink Field.

But if this game ends up being the one that lifts the Seahawks to the postseason then maybe Sheldon Richardson's third-quarter strip of Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz that prevented what almost was a game-tying touchdown will stand as its defining moment.

If not, then maybe what will is a play a quarter later when Russell Wilson capped a night's worth of MVP-worthy actions when he flipped the ball while running 6 yards downfield to running back Mike Davis for a 19-yard gain that converted a third-and-eight and set up Seattle's touchdown that clinched the game.

Wilson also threw three touchdown passes as he outdueled Wentz, considered by many as the MVP of the league coming into the game.

Wentz was just a few feet from tying the game at 10 on Philadelphia's first drive of the second half when he dove for the end zone on a scramble up the middle from the 6.

 

But as Wentz reached for the goal line, Richardson reached in with his right hand to strip the ball away as Wentz -- who also was being wrapped up by free safety Earl Thomas -- reached for the end zone.

The ball bounded wildly into the end zone where Seattle's Michael Wilhoite tried to locate it among several other Eagles players, with Wentz vainly chasing after it as well.

But no one could get it with Wentz making a futile dive as the ball bounced out the back of the end zone.

Instead of a possible 10-10 tie Seattle kept the lead at 10-3 and took over at its 20.

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