The Seattle Seahawks( 8-4) snapped thier two-game home losing streak with a solid 24 to 10 win over the visiting Philadelphia Eagles ( 10-2) Sunday Night at CenturyLink Friday. In the process, the Seahawks established themselves as a legitimate contender not only for the NFC West Division but the NFC Conference.
After consecutive home losses to Washington and Atlanta many where wondering if the Seahawks had lost their home court advantage. While the Seahawks had road victories at Arizona and San Francisco home victories were becoming far and few.
On Sunday night the Seahawks used their tried and true formula of a balanced offense and a dominating defense that kept the 12’s on their feet and creating decibel breaking sounds all game long. The result was a dominating win over the visiting Eagles who flew into CentraLink with the NFL’s best record and were a three-point favorite.
” We knew it was going to be a big game. We did want to treat it any differently than the the games that weve had previously. Obviously, we knew that they wear a great a team, “ Seahawks receiver Tyler Lockett said after the game. ” They have a great offense, a great defense and we just had to go out there and execute That’s exactly what we did. We did a good job of special teams. Defense did a tremendous job stopping them and thier explosive offense and we were able to go ur ther and get the win.”
The Seahawks took the opening drive marched 53 yards on 12 plays to take a 3-0 lead on a Blair Walsh 46 yard field goal. Russell Wilson hit Jimmy Graham on an 11-yard pass play to give the Seahawks a 10-0 with 14 seconds left in the first quarter. It was Graham’s ninth touchdown catch in eight games and the first time this season the Eagles have given up a touchdown in the first quarter.
The Eagles offense found its traction halfway through the second quarter when Jake Elliot nailed a 26yard field to narrow the Seahawks lead to 10-3.
The Eagles looked like they would tie the game when they took the second half kickoff and drove to the one-yard line only to see Carson Wentz fumble the ball into the end zone for a touchback after Sheldon Richardson stripped the ball from Wentz.
Feeling invigorated the Seattle Seahawks offense then marched 80 yards down field and scored on a one-yard pass play from Wilson to Dough Baldwin for the 17 to 3 lead. It looked like Seattle had scored one play earlier but the 48-yard pass play between Baldwin and Wilson was ruled one yard short of the endzone.
Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright forced an incomplete pass by Wentz on fourth down during the Eagles next offensive series. The Seahawks offense sputtered and gave the ball back to the Eagles who got back in the game with a seven-play 81-yard drive that ended with a 27 touchdown pass from Wentz to Nelson Agholor to make it a one touchdown game at 17-10 with 12:15 left in the contest.
Wilson hit J.D. McKssic on a 15-yard pass for his third touchdown of the game to extend the lead to 24-10 and prove that they are still relevant in the race for the NFC title.