Seahawks earn an A on defense for keeping Eagles in check

Carson Wentz Bobby Wagner

Carson Wentz Bobby Wagner

The Seahawks offensive line was as bad as advertised, particularly between the tackles, where Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham and a host of other Eagles spent the night pushing guards Luke Joeckel and Ethan Pocic around the field.

It wasn't so much that the Eagles saw their nine-game winning streak come toppling down to the Seattle Seahawks before a national TV audience Sunday night, nor that their grip of the NFC is far more tenuous, it was discouraging to sense the Eagles couldn't win a franchise-record 10th-straight game because they may have been intimidated.

The Seahawks held on to a 10-3 lead and got the ball back.

The Eagles remain in control of the NFC East, but the loss drops Philadelphia to the No. 2 seed in the NFC behind the Vikings, who beat the Falcons earlier on Sunday. The Seahawks host the Rams in Week 15.

It all translated into the Eagles worst performance of the season, a 24-10 drubbing by the Seattle Seahawks, who sent the message that no one was going to take their turf-especially the Eagles.

Wilson, who amassed 227 via the air and another 31 on the ground, threw three touchdowns for the game, bringing his total to 26 on the season, which is tied with Tom Brady for second most, only to Wentz.

Just four plays later, Wilson found running back J.D. McKissic leaking out of the backfield for a 15-yard touchdown pass.

The initial call of a 48-yard touchdown was overturned and Baldwin was ruled out of bounds at the 1-yard line, but Wilson threw a touchdown two plays later, this time to Tyler Lockett. It was Graham's ninth of the season, and all of them have come in the past eight games. But few came when it really mattered as the Seahawks stopped two fourth-down plays and got key third down stops early to keep Philly out of the end zone. With the Eagles driving and a touchdown feeling inevitable in the early minutes of the second half, Richardson stripped quarterback Carson Wentz on the 1-yard line. Despite completing the 32-yard pass, Wentz underthrew Agholor.

Entering the game, Ertz ranked first among NFC tight ends in receptions (55) and yards (639).

The Seahawks flipped the script in the first quarter.

Seattle finished the quarter with a 10-0 lead and 111 yards of offense.

Seattle struck first with a 46-yard field goal by Blair Walsh with 9:47 left in the quarter. He had two catches for 24 yards vs. Seattle before heading to the locker room to be examined.

But Pederson's big mistake of the night was not throwing a challenge flag on Russell Wilson's lateral/forward pass midway through the fourth quarter.

No one will want to hear this, but even if this season ultimately ends up in disappointment, the Eagles have the structure in place to sustain their success over multiple seasons.

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