By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN
Seattle Seahawks 17
Philadelphia Eagles 9
It was a long season for both teams. Both the Eagles and the Seahawks had been injured throughout the season. The Eagles, however, despite inconsistent play earlier in the season, were able to put together a strong run at the end of the season to make it to the playoffs.
The Seahawks, despite injuries as well, we’re able to put together a strong season behind quarterback Russell Wilson. They also had a very late-season addition to the team in running back Marshawn Lynch to help bolster a running back corps that was depleted due to injury.
What was going to be really great was that after years of being on the sideline due to injury, Eagles QB Carson Wentz was going to be able to play in an actual playoff game. Very exciting for him and his team.
It started off slow, but then in then, late in the first quarter, Wentz took a hit in the head from Seahawks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and had to leave the game with what likely is a concussion. There is some controversy, as there was no flag on the play. However, flag or not, the game went on, and well-traveled journeyman QB Josh McCown came in for Wentz. And while he kept them in the game, he wasn’t able to convert plays when they needed them.
Not even the fact that we lost. We’ve had worse losses. I can handle those. It’s the fact that Wentz got hurt and we didn’t even have a chance.
I never thought McCown was going to get it done because of what Wentz gives us in the redzone.
— Keiana (@RealMamaEagle) January 6, 2020
But Russell Wilson did Russell Wilson things and was able to lead his team to the hard-earned win. But it wasn’t just Wilson who contributed. In the spirit of “unfinished business” Wilson handed the ball to Lynch in the red zone who was able to barrel in for the score.
— NFL Warehouse (@NflWarehouse) January 5, 2020
And who else stole the show? Rookie wide receiver D.K. Metcalf, who has turned into a typical Seattle draft pick. He fell to them in the second round of last year’s draft, and the Seahawks got another gem. Metcalf ended today with 7 catches for 160 yards and a touchdown.
D.K. Metcalf is the 1st rookie WR with a 50-yard Rec TD in the postseason since Jeremy Maclin (for the Eagles) in 2009 at the Cowboys.
At 22 years old, Metcalf is also the youngest player in Seahawks history to catch a touchdown in the postseason. pic.twitter.com/VMKYUl6FVG
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 5, 2020
And what’s been the Seahawks calling card the past few years? Their defense. And while it wasn’t as stout as it as been in the past, today the defense came to ball. They had 11 tackles for losses and a season-high 7 sacks.
The Seahawks will go on to face the Green Bay Packers next Sunday in Lambeau Field. And while they haven’t met in a while, these two teams have gone back and forth and almost have a rivalry going.
And there’s no reason to expect that this game will be any different!
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