Posted on December 3, 2017, by Travis Pulver
The Seattle Seahawks needed a win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night Football to remain within reach of the division-leading Los Angeles Rams. But with the slew of injuries they are dealing with on both sides of the ball, the odds were stacked against them.
How could they expect to bring down the team with the best record in the NFL with the Legion of Boom decimated by injuries? As it turns out, they could do so with other guys stepping up and making plays. Oh—and Russell Wilson doing Russell Wilson-type stuff.
Sheldon Richardson made one of the biggest plays of the game on the opening drive of the second half. Seattle led 10-3 at the half. But it looked like the Eagles were going to tie the game up. After LeGarrette Blount was stuffed on first and goal from the four-yard line, the Eagles decided to try a sneak from the five-yard line.
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It appeared as if it was going to work, but then Richardson popped the ball out right before Wentz could cross the goal line. It ended up rolling out the back of the end zone making it Seattle ball at the 20-yard line.
The Seahawks responded by taking the ball 80 yards in eleven plays and ending with a one-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Lockett.
Down by 14- points, the Eagles had to respond soon. After trading punts, Wentz got the Eagles offense on track and needed just seven plays to close the gap to seven points, 17-10. Nelson Agholor did the honors with a 27-yard touchdown pass from Wentz.
But if the Eagles were to get in the game, they needed to stop the Seahawks on their next drive. Instead, Russell Wilson took the team on a ten-play, 73-yard drive that ended with J.D. McKissic catching a 15-yard touchdown pass from Russel Wilson.
With half a quarter left, there was still time for the Eagles to pull it out. But the offense stalled on their next drive and Wentz threw an interception on the one after that. By the time the Eagles got the ball back again, there were just seconds on the clock.
Game over. Seattle wins, 24-10.
Russell Wilson was up to his old tricks throughout the game often making one play with his legs before he could have a chance to make one with his arm. Seattle head coach Pete Carroll didn’t hold back with his praise after the game (ESPN):
“I thought Russell was phenomenal tonight. I thought that was Russell showing you everything he’s all about. From start to finish, from the first play of the game, he was on it. He created. His execution was excellent.”
He finished the night 20-31 for 227 yards and three touchdowns to go along with 31 yards rushing. But the big story for the Seahawks was easily the defense. Minus several starters, they held Wentz to just 37 yards in the first half and only gave up a single touchdown. Yes, Wentz did blow up in the second half. But thanks to two turnovers and one turnover on downs, much of his work did result in points.
Seattle will need just as impressive a performance next week when they take on the Jacksonville Jaguars. They will need to win to remain within striking distance of the Rams and in control of the No. 5 seed in the NFC.