Eagles ride defense in win over Seahawks

The Philadelphia Eagles highly ranked defense bent but never broke against a Seattle offense that had been soaring in its last two games. The result was a 27 to 20 Philadelphia win at Seahawks Stadium.

 

The high powered Seattle offense looked like it would be a formidable match for the highly ranked Philadelphia defense when it scored two field goals on it' first two possession of the game.

In it's last two games the Seattle offense had set numerous offensive records.

With four minutes and fifty-three seconds left in the first quarter Ryan Lindel had converted on field goals of 34 and 43 yards to give the home team a 6-0 lead.

Because Seattle had to settle for field goals Philadelphia was able to take the lead for good on its next possession.

 Philly quarterback A.J. Feely hit Wide Receiver James Thrash from six yards out to tie the game at six all and David Akers extra point made it Philadelphia 7 Seattle 6 with 13 seconds left in the first quarter.

Once it gained the lead the Philly defense increased its intensity and pressure on Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.

Hasselbeck was intercepted on two consecutive possessions by Philly Defensive back Bobby Taylor." We just wanted to bang them around Hasselbeck has been doing a great a job in terms of passing yards, and using his legs to scramble around and avoid sacks." Taylor said when asked about the strategy the defense used against Hasselbeck.

Philadelphia capitalized on the second of the two interceptions when Duce Staley scored on a 22 yard run.

Staley finished the game with 100 yards one touchdown on 21 carries.

 Philadelphia 14 Seattle 6.

The Seahawks offense sputtered on its next possession and lined up in punt formation.

Punter Jeff Feagles was flattened by N.D.Kalu before he could punt the ball and the Eagles had the ball on the Seattle 35 yard line.

Philadelphia made it 17 to 6 after a 33-yard field goal by Akers.

Akers booted another field goal from 40 yards out to give the Eagles a 20 to 6 half time lead.  

Philadelphia increased it' lead to 27 to 6 when quarterback A.J. Feely hit Wide Receiver Todd Pinkston from 20 yards out."That play was designed for me; it is just a matter of the right call on the right coverage. Pinkston said when asked about the play after the game.

Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck threw two touchdown passes, an eight yarder to Koren Robinson and an 11 yarder to Jeremy Stevens to bring the Seahawks within striking distance.

The last touchdown was score with 49 seconds left in the game.

Philadelphia recovered Seattle's attempted onside kick and the game was over.

Philadelphia 27 Seattle 20.

Seattle Head Coach Mike Holmgren believes the early turnovers were the difference in the game.

"Another very close game, hard fought game, a the end. I think the turnovers were the difference in today's game.  We had three interceptions, and then the special teams turnover, and that was it. We lost a tough game to a real good football team. The Eagles are a good team." Holmgren said after the game

GAME NOTES:

Running back Shaun Alexander finished the game with 123 yards on 17 carries. Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck line was 45 attempts, 24 completions, 223 yards 2 touchdowns and three interceptions.

A.J. Feely finished the day with 21-of-35 passes for 190 yards and was picked off once. The Eagles won their fourth straight, all against NFC West teams, and moved to 9-0 in the conference.


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