Instant Replay: Seahawks 26, Eagles 15

Instant Replay: Seahawks 26, Eagles 15


SEATTLE – It would have been hard enough for the Eagles to win on Sunday even if they played the perfect game in Seattle.

It was impossible to win with the way they played.

Brandon Graham jumped offsides, Jalen Mills missed a tackle and Nelson Agholor didn’t line up on the line of scrimmage. The list of mistakes goes on.

All of that was too much to overcome against one of the best teams in the NFL, as the Eagles lost, 26-15, to the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on Sunday afternoon.

With the loss, the Eagles dropped to .500 on the season at 5-5. The Seahawks improved to 7-2-1. The Seahawks improved to 32-5 at home since 2012.

The Eagles are now 0-5 when they give up 20-plus points this season and 5-0 when they don’t.

Despite all the Eagles’ mistakes in the first half, they were down just 16-7 heading into the second half. But the Eagles lost their top two running backs and the Seahawks cruised to a victory.

The Seahawks ended up outgaining the Eagles 439-308 on the afternoon. The Eagles added a fourth-quarter touchdown, but couldn’t get any closer.

Turning point
The Eagles scored a 57-yard touchdown that would have given them the lead in the second quarter, but Agholor wasn’t lined up on the line of scrimmage. The Eagles were called for an illegal formation and the play was called back.

On the very next series, the Eagles – as they like to do – went back to Agholor. He was all alone in the middle of the field for what should have been a first down, but he dropped the ball.

Key stat
With his touchdown catch on a trick play in the third quarter, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has the same number of receiving touchdowns as Agholor this season. Agholor hasn’t had one since Week 1.

First half
The Eagles had chances in the first half but went into the locker room down 16-7 after a few costly mistakes.

The biggest was the illegal formation that negated a 57-yard touchdown that would have given the Eagles a 14-13 lead. On the ensuing drive, the Seahawks picked up a field goal.

On the drive before the Agholor penalty, the Seahawks went on a 10-play, 92-yard drive that was capped by a 35-yard touchdown catch by Jimmy Graham. Graham caught the ball with Jaylen Watkins draped on him, but it didn't matter. The play before the touchdown, Brandon Graham was flagged for being offside. Even earlier in the drive, the Seahawks had a 2nd-and-20 from their own 10-yard line and converted on third down.

The Seahawks kicked off the scoring with a big 72-yard run from rookie C.J. Prosise, but after the Seahawks missed the extra point, the Eagles responded with a 13-play, 68-yard drive that spanned 7:35. It was their longest drive (plays and time) of the season. Ertz caught his first touchdown pass of the season to cap off the drive.

The Seahawks outgained the Eagles, 300-146, in the first half.

Offensive stud
Ertz picked up his first touchdown of the season and should have had another had it not been for a bonehead penalty.

Offensive dud
Agholor. The penalty, the drop. Just an awful day for the former first-round pick.

Defensive stud
Nolan Carroll had a huge highlight-reel hit in the first half.

Defensive dud
Rookie Jalen Mills didn’t have his best game. He had a rough day in coverage and missed a tackle on the long touchdown run by Prosise.

Injury report
Ryan Mathews (knee) and Darren Sproles (ribs) were both injured in the first half and did not return for the second half. Jason Peters (left forearm) left briefly but returned. Halapoulivaati Vaitai left in the fourth quarter with a left knee injury.

Jordan Matthews (back) and Zach Ertz (hamstring) were both questionable coming into the game, but were active. Safety Terrence Brooks (hamstring) did not play.

Up next
The Eagles will be home next weekend for a Monday Night Football game against the Packers. Then they’ll travel to Cincinnati the following weekend.

Eagle Eye Podcast: How long will the loss sting for the players?

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Eagle Eye Podcast: How long will the loss sting for the players?

Derrick Gunn and Barrett Brooks are still recovering from the Eagles' loss Sunday. How long does it take players to get over a loss like that?

The guys start to preview offseason decisions the Eagles will have to make.

1:00 - The loss still hurts.
12:30 - How long does it take to forget about this loss?
14:30 - More respect for Doug Pederson.
18:00 - How does upcoming free agency affect handling a loss like that?
21:00 - Who's coming back next season? Who will be elsewhere?
28:00 - Future looks bright.

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Does this move make Nick Foles to Jacksonville more likely?

Does this move make Nick Foles to Jacksonville more likely?

The Jaguars were already one of the favorite teams to land Nick Foles this offseason. And that was before they brought in his former QBs coach. 

Now, John DeFilippo is heading to Jacksonville and it’s fair to wonder if Foles won’t be too far behind. 

Foles and DeFilippo weren’t together long in Philadelphia. Foles came back in 2017 so the two worked together for just one season, but that season ended with Foles holding the Super Bowl MVP trophy. DeFilippo was highly regarded by the Eagles and by the quarterbacks in his meeting room. 

This is what Foles said about DeFilippo late last season, when it became likely Flip would find a job elsewhere. 

He grinds. He puts us through some stuff, which is awesome. He's a great coach. I know he's focused on us right now, but I also know he's going to be a great head coach someday, and I'm excited for his opportunity.

DeFilippo, 40, might still be a head coach someday soon, but he’s going back to an OC position for now. He was the OC and play caller in Minnesota but was fired by head coach Mike Zimmer before the conclusion of the 2018 season. 

Even before the arrival of DeFilippo, the Jaguars were clearly in the mix to get Foles. 

The real question would be whether or not they’d be willing to part with draft picks to get Foles or if he’d simply be a guy they might want to sign if he becomes a free agent. 

The Eagles were able to get to an incredibly high level of play while DeFilippo was working with Foles, so it would make some sense for there to be a reunion in Jacksonville. It doesn’t mean this is where Foles will definitely end up, but there seems to be at least a little better chance after this move.

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