QB RUSSELL WILSON WR TYLER LOCKETT LB BOBBY WAGNER
The Eagles and the Seahawks have gone in
slightly different directions since meeting at
Lincoln Financial Field on November 24, a
battle won by Seattle 17-9.
The Eagles had to win their final four games
to capture the NFC East title and earn a
playoff spot. Seattle, meanwhile, went 2-3,
although the Seahawks were literally inches
from winning the NFC West.
Last Sunday night, in the NFL’s regularseason
finale, the Seahawks hosted the San
Francisco 49ers with the division crown on
The Seahawks got the ball at their own 27-
yard line, down 26-21 with 2:27 remaining
in the game. On a fourth-and-10 from the
49ers’ 12-yard line, quarterback Russell
Wilson connected with wide receiver John
Ursua for an 11-yard completion to the
1-yard line to keep the drive alive.
After spiking the ball to stop the clock, the
Seahawks took a delay of game penalty.
On fourth-and-goal, Wilson’s pass to tight
end Jacob Hollister was caught, but rookie
linebacker Dre Greenlaw stopped him just
inches short of the goal line, preserving the
win for the 49ers.
It’s a different Seattle offense than the one
that traveled to Philadelphia in November.
Running back Rashaad Penny gained 129
yards and a touchdown on the ground to
power the Seahawks’ offense. However,
Penny is out after suffering a knee injury.
The Seahawks are also down leading rusher
Chris Carson and backup C.J. Prosise.
The Seahawks turned to some familiar faces
in Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin as
Seattle wants to establish the run. The Eagles
have done a good job keeping opposing
running backs contained during the fourgame
Now, containing Wilson is another challenge
Wilson has never lost to the Eagles in
his previous four starts, all in the regular
season. He wasn’t great in the first
matchup, throwing for just 200 yards with
a touchdown and an interception. And the
Eagles sacked him six times. But Wilson isn’t
afraid to make defenses pay with his arm
or his legs. The Seahawks have two vertical
threats at wide receiver in Tyler Lockett and
rookie DK Metcalf who will challenge the
This is quarterback Carson Wentz’s first
playoff game and he gets the opportunity
to redeem himself for one of the worst
outings of his career. Wentz threw two
interceptions and lost two fumbles in the
first matchup. The Eagles had five total
turnovers, a surefire way to lose a ballgame.
The Eagles also have a different look
offensively as Greg Ward is the featured
wide receiver. Ward did have six catches for
40 yards in the first meeting. Tight end Zach
Ertz’s status is in question due to injury and
that would be a huge blow as he hauled in
12 catches for 91 yards and a touchdown
back in Week 12 against Seattle.
Ertz isn’t the only player the Eagles hope
to get back as running back Miles Sanders
exited last Sunday’s win over the Giants
with an ankle injury. Tackle Lane Johnson
is also trying to get back on the field after
missing the last three games with an
ankle injury. However, Johnson’s tag-team
partner, Pro Bowl guard Brandon Brooks,
is out for the remainder of the year with a
The coaches will review what happened in
the first meeting back in Week 12, but it’s a
new season and the Eagles will look to reap
the benefit of playing in front of a raucous
crowd at Lincoln Financial Field.
CAN THE EAGLES WIN THE REMATCH?
BY CHRIS McPHERSON
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES GAMEDAY MAGAZINE 9