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Seahawks defense back in full force with 24-14 win over Eagles

Seattle Seahawks v Philadelphia Eagles

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 07: LeSean McCoy #25 of the Philadelphia Eagles fumbles the ball and it is recovered by K.J. Wright #50 of the Seattle Seahawks during the third quarter of the game at Lincoln Financial Field on December 7, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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Over their last three games, the Seattle Seahawks have allowed 204 yards of offense to the Arizona Cardinals, 164 yards to the San Francisco 49ers and 139 yards to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

With the return of Bobby Wagner and Kam Chancellor to the lineup, the Seahawks defense looks every bit as formidable as the unit that led Seattle to the Super Bowl last season. The defense forced two turnovers and limited the high-powered Eagles offense on their way to a 24-14 win.

It wasn’t only the defense that led to the victory for Seattle. Russell Wilson and the Seahawks offense gained 440 yards against the Eagles defense as well.

Holding a 10-7 lead at halftime, linebacker K.J. Wright stripped LeSean McCoy on the first scrimmage play of the third quarter. The fumble was recovered by Earl Thomas at the Eagles 19-yard line to give the Seahawks a short field. Two plays later, Russell Wilson hit Marshawn Lynch out of the backfield for a 15-yard touchdowns to extend their lead to 17-7.

Philadelphia took advantage of a 46-yard kickoff return by Josh Huff and quickly answered on the ensuing possession. After a pass interference call on Bobby Wagner, Mark Sanchez connected with Zach Ertz for a 35-yard touchdown behind Wright to pull the Eagles back within three. The touchdown drive would be Philadelphia’s only possession of the game to gain more than 25 yards.

The Seahawks took advantage of a pass interference call of their own on the next drive as Bradley Fletcher was flagged for a 44-yard penalty against receiver Doug Baldwin to move Seattle into Eagles’ territory. Four plays later, Wilson and Baldwin hooked up for a 23-yard touchdown as the Seahawks took a 24-14 advantage.

The Eagles stripped Lynch to give themselves a chance to turn away Seattle’s offense in the fourth quarter, but Sanchez was intercepted by Tharold Simon on the ensuing play to give the ball back to the Seahawks.

One of Philadelphia’s touchdowns was set up by a special teams gaffe by the Seahawks. Punter Jon Ryan dropped a punt snap from Clint Gresham that was recovered at Seattle’s 14-yard line. Seattle nearly recovered to limit the damage by forcing a fourth-and-1, but Chip Kelly elected to go for it with the goal line in sight and McCoy converted to give Philadelphia a fresh set of downs.

Two plays later, Mark Sanchez threw a quick screen to Jeremy Maclin, who walked in for a 1-yard touchdown to give the Eagles a 7-0 lead over Seattle.

Russell Wilson answered back with a 26-yard touchdown run on an option keeper to tie the game at 7-7 early in the second quarter. Steven Hauschka added a 44-yard field goal to close the half and give Seattle a 10-7 lead at the break.