Seahawks vs. Eagles final score: 3 things we learned from Seattle’s 24-14 win
The Seahawks put on a defensive clinic against the Eagles.
The Seattle Seahawks’ visit to the Philadelphia Eagles was billed as perhaps the biggest game in the NFL this weekend. The drama of the game itself failed to live up to the hype, however. The Eagles managed just 139 total yards on the day as the Seahawks sailed to a 24-14 win.
The game started poorly for Seattle. Punter Jon Ryan fumbled a snap, giving the Eagles a short field for their opening score. Philadelphia took a 7-0 lead on 1-yard touchdown pass from Mark Sanchez to Jeremy Maclin.
The Eagles would score just once more the rest of the game.
Seattle’s defense was stifling. Philadelphia went just 2-for-11 converting third downs. Those short possessions led to a big disparity in time of possession. The Seahawks held the ball for nearly 22 minutes in the first half, and 41:19 for the game.
Seattle’s offense was unspectacular, but it was more opportunistic. Wilson completed two long third completions on the Seahawks’ 41-yard field goal drive to end the first half, for example. The Eagles’ pass rush did a good job harassing Wilson early in the game with two first half sacks, but a secondary that was a known weakness entering the game broke down whenever the defensive front didn’t get penetration. Wilson hit both of his passing touchdowns in the third quarter.
Wilson’s first touchdown came on a well-executed read option play in the second quarter.
— Danny Kelly (@FieldGulls) December 7, 2014
1) When Russell Wilson is bad, he is still good
Wilson looked trigger shy early in the game, going 11-for-21 passing in the first half. He was excellent on the ground once again, however, picking up 43 yards rushing in the first half and 48 for the game. Because he was able to make plays on the ground, Seattle’s offense didn’t bog down too much when he was struggling to complete passes.
Wilson was much better in the second half, going 11-for-16 to bring himself up to 263 yards on the day. The game was just the latest example of how steady he is. Wilson has now gone four straight games without throwing an interception. He doesn’t make mistakes, even if he rarely posts the eye-popping production of a Peyton Manning. Wilson keeps the Seahawks’ offense on an even keel, and that’s more than enough when the defense is as dominant as it was Sunday.
2) You can’t get big plays against Seattle
Heading into Sunday’s game, Seattle had been giving up just 4.9 yards per play — fourth in the NFL — and Philadelphia had been averaging 5.7 yards per play on offense — tied for 10th. Somebody had to budge. Philadelphia did.
The Seahawks gave a complete defensive effort against an Eagles offense that entered the game among the top six teams in the NFL in both running and passing. On Sunday. Philadelphia managed just 139 total yards and, perhaps more importantly, had just one play of more than 20 yards.
3) Mark Sanchez had a really good run
Three straight games of more than 300 yards followed by a strong effort against the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day are nothing sneeze at. At this point, there is plenty of evidence to suggest Sanchez is an excellent quarterback in Chip Kelly’s system. Unfortunately, he crashed hard down to Earth on Sunday, highlighted by a Jets-ian interception in the fourth quarter when the Eagles had a chance to flip momentum off a Marshawn Lynch fumble.
Sanchez finished 10-for-20 for 96 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. This was a big letdown performance for Philadelphia overall, coming off a transcendent performance against its biggest rival. Sanchez, and the Eagles, should bounce back. One bad loss to a good Seahawks team doesn’t erase everything they have accomplished this season.