Seahawks beat Eagles 26-15 for 3rd straight win despite several injuries
Nov 20, 2016, 5:02 PM | Updated: 7:44 pm
The Seahawks’ first touchdown came on their longest rush in two years, C.J. Prosise running 72 yards on his second carry.
Their last touchdown was scored by the quarterback, which wouldn’t be all that odd except that it was Russell Wilson catching a scoring pass instead of throwing one.
Throw in a couple of interceptions of Philadelphia’s Carson Wentz and a third quarter in which Philadelphia never got past its own 33 and you had the recipe for a fairly straightforward double-digit victory.
Except by the end of Seattle’s 26-15 win over Philadelphia at CenturyLink Field, the biggest question might relate to the losses the Seahawks suffered over the course of it.
Safety Earl Thomas and cornerback DeShawn Shead both left the game with hamstring injuries while Prosise was knocked out of the game by a shoulder injury. Throw in the fact that rookie Troymaine Pope – the team’s No. 3 running back – left the game with an ankle injury and you had a Seattle team that was decidedly short-handed and a fourth quarter that looked more like a preseason game.
Seattle was down to its No. 4 cornerback, DeAndre Elliott, by the end of this one. In fact, it was Elliott and backup safety Steven Terrell who were in coverage when Philadelphia’s Dorial Green-Beckham caught a 5-yard touchdown pass with less than 5 minutes left.
On Seattle’s ensuing possession, the Seahawks were reduced to handing off to backup quarterback Trevone Boykin on first down because both Prosise and Pope were out and the Seahawks didn’t want Thomas Rawls carrying the ball any more.
Rawls carried 14 times for 57 yards in his first game back since suffering a broken leg in Week 2. He also caught three passes.
Wilson completed 18 of 31 passes for 272 yards. He threw for one touchdown, an improvisational act in which he found Jimmy Graham for a 35-yard score, and then Wilson caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Doug Baldwin in the third quarter.
It was the Seahawks’ third straight victory.
The Seahawks’ ground game took a step forward in C.J. Prosise’s first NFL start when he rushed for 66 yards. Well, he showed no signs of slowing down as he ran 72 yards for a touchdown the third time he touched the ball. It was Seattle’s longest touchdown run since Marshawn Lynch rushed for a 79-yard touchdown on Dec. 21, 2014.
Of course, the Seahawks then had the point-after attempt blocked. It’s the fourth time this year the Seahawks’ failed to convert a PAT, matching the number of botches from all of last season.
Sea – C.J. Prosise 72 run (kick blocked) at 11:02 (Drive: 2 plays, 80 yards, 0:48). Score: Seahawks 6, Eagles 0.
The Seahawks’ nine-point lead lead came down to two plays. First came the third-and-11 that Seattle not only converted but scored on as Russell Wilson stepped up in the pocket, ran toward the line of scrimmage and threw downfield to tight end Jimmy Graham, who made the catch and ran away from the defender for a touchdown.
The second play that made the difference was one that didn’t count: Eagles tight end Zach Ertz’s 57-yard screen pass for a touchdown was nullified by a penalty for illegal formation. Philadelphia went from having a point-after kick to take the lead to facing a third-and-11 and being forced to punt.
The Seahawks got the ball to the Philadelphia 3 on the ensuing possession, but settled for a field goal. A Kam Chancellor interception unplugged the Eagles’ final possession just past midfield.
Phi – Zach Ertz 4 pass from Carson Wentz (Caleb Sturgis kick) at 14:13 (Drive: 13 plays, 68 yards, 7:35). Score: Eagles 7, Seahawks 6.
Sea – Jimmy Graham 35 pass from Russell Wilson (Steven Hauschka kick) at 8:20 (Drive: 10 plays, 92 yards, 5:53). Score: Seahawks 13, Eagles 7.
Sea – Hauschka 21 field goal at 3:47 (Drive: 6 plays, 74 yards, 1:45). Score: Seahawks 16, Eagles 7.
The Seahawks pulled away as Seattle’s quarterback had almost as many yards receiving in the period (15) as the Eagles gained as a team (19). The Eagles had the ball three times, gained one first down and never advanced the ball past their own 33. Meanwhile, the Seahawks scored on a trick play as Wilson handed to Baldwin on what appeared to be a fly sweep only to have Baldwin stop and throw it to Wilson, who dove into the end zone for Seattle’s third touchdown.
Sea – Wilson 15 pass from Doug Baldwin (Huaschka kick) at 7:31 (Drive: 6 plays, 59 yards, 2:16). Score: Seahawks 23, Eagles 7.
The Eagles offense crossed midfield twice in the fourth quarter, which was a marked improvement on the third quarter. They also scored, but only after Neiko Thorpe left the game, leaving Seattle down to its No. 4 cornerback.
Sea – Hauschka 35 field goal at 13:34 (Drive: 8 plays, 24 yards, 2:42). Score: Seahawks 26, Eagles 7.
Phi – Dorial Green-Beckham 5 pass from Wentz (Nelson Agholor pass from Wentz) at 3:42. Score: Seahawks 26, Eagles 15.