Defense and DK: Seahawks shut down Eagles, Metcalf has huge game as Seattle takes control of NFC West

By Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times on

Published in Football

A 52-yard Wilson-to-Metcalf connection on a third-and-13 took the ball to the Philly 1, where two plays later Wilson hit Moore for the touchdown.

On the next drive, Wilson hit Metcalf for 17 yards to the Eagles 6. After a penalty, Chris Carson then rumbled 16 yards for a touchdown and a 14-0 Seattle lead with 5:27 to play in the first half.

But the Eagles then finally got their offense moving, keyed by runs by Wentz of 20 and 13 yards.

That set up a 3-yard pass from Wentz to tight end Dallas Goedert with 12 seconds to play in the half. The extra point was no good, leaving the score at 14-6 at halftime.

Seattle outgained the Eagles 194-74 in the first half, as Metcalf had seven receptions for 118 yards. Wilson was 13-for-18 for 152 yards and one touchdown.

Seattle went three-and-out on its first possession of the second half, and the Eagles then drove to the Seahawks 17. But on third-and-10, Adams broke through to sack Wentz and force a field goal that cut the deficit to five at 14-9 with 7:33 to play in the third quarter.

Seattle then answered with a field-goal drive of its own with two more Metcalf catches allowing the Seahawks to get to the Philly 27 before the drive stalled.

After going for it earlier on two fourth downs, Carroll decided to kick a field goal on fourth-and-one and Jason Myers hit a 44-yarder to make it 17-9 — the same score as Seattle's two wins against the Eagles last season in the regular season and then in the wild-card playoff game.


The game then turned Seattle's way for good early in the fourth quarter.

First, K.J. Wright batted down a Wentz pass when the Eagles decided to go for it on fourth-and-two at their 48-yard line, with tight end Richard Rogers appearing to be open for the first down if the pass had gotten through.

The Seahawks then used another Metcalf reception — this one for 32 yards — to move into position for a 33-yard field goal by Myers that made it 2-0 with 11:08 left. Seattle would have had a touchdown if Metcalf had been able to hang onto a pass a few plays later in the end zone.

The Eagles used two pass-interference penalties to move to the Seattle 15 on their next drive.

But on fourth-and-four a Wentz pass in the end zone was picked off by Quandre Diggs with 8:35 left.

And given the ineptitude of the Eagles offense — and the sudden competency of Seattle's defense — at that point any drama had been sucked out of a game that was pretty light on it throughout.

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