Seahawks Defense Makes a Stand in 17-9 Win over Eagles

DEFENSIVE CHALLENGE

Earlier in the week linebacker, KJ Wright challenged the  Seattle Seahawks defense to allow zero touchdowns in the upcoming game against the  Philadelphia Eagles.  On Sunday The  Seahawks defense met the challenge and allowed the Eagles offense three field goal and kept them out of the endzone. Having met that challenge the Seahawks will now travel to Green Bay and take on the  Packers at  Lambeau Field next Sunday.

I’m saying it again, I predicted this,” said Wright, who earlier this season claimed to have dreamt about having a two-interception game before he did that against Carolina. “I predicted this. It was a vision I had. I knew this defense was capable of putting up that performance. We just did a great job of communicating, we tackled really well, we got off the field on third down. We put together a complete game today and it felt really good.”

DEFENSIVE LINE WAS A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH

Coming into the Eagles game the Seahawks were averaging just two sacks a game when the final whistle blew on Sunday the Seahawks defense recorded seven sacks four of which went to the defensive line. Quentin Jefferson had two,  Rashad Green one and Jadeveon Clowney had the other one to total four for the Dline.

Clowney also had an incidental helmet to helmet hit that knocked Eagles starting quarterback Carson Wentz out of the game with a concussion on the Eagle’s second offensive series of the game. After the game, Clowney was empathetic for Wentz and also glad the Seahawks pulled off the win.

On the empathy he has for Wentz given his own experience with injuries:

“Like I said, I don’t intend to hurt anybody. That’s a great player over there for their team and for their organization. I hope he’s okay. Like I said, I didn’t intend to hurt him. I didn’t even know he went out of the game until the next series. I thought it was just a small hit, but everybody was going crazy on the sidelines. I was just trying to finish the play, but it happened. I hope he’s okay. I hope he’s good.”

On whether he was excited about the win:

“For sure. It was big for us. We’ve been practicing all week and harping on coming down here and playing well on the road. We came out here and did that. We just have to continue to play like we’ve been playing on the road all season and keep it going in the playoffs.”

OFFENSE DOES ITS PART

In addition to the stifling play by the defense quarterback, Russell Wilson played like “Playoff dangerous Wilson” finishing with 325 passing yards on 18/30 attempts and one touchdown. Wilson had one passing touchdown and led the Seahawks in rushing with 45 yards on nine carries.  DK Metcalf had seven receptions for 160 yards and one touchdown to set an NFL record for most receiving yards by a rookie in  playoff game in the Super Bowl era.

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