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Eagles takeaways from costly 24-10 loss to Seattle Seahawks

04 December 2017, 08:43 | Jodi Jackson

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With his trio of touchdowns Sunday night, Wilson improved his his stellar December resume to 46 touchdowns (with just 15 interceptions) since 2012 as the Seahawks improved to 18-5 in December games during Wilson's tenure.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson threw three more touchdowns in Sunday night's victory over the Eagles, bringing him to a tie with Tom Brady for the second-most in the NFL. There were too many penalties, too many missed tackles, too many missed chances for touchdowns in a 24-10 loss in Seattle.

It was also the first time the Eagles had trailed by 10 or more points since the Week 2 game at Kansas City.

In the NFC West race, the Seahawks remained a game behind the Los Angeles Rams (9-3), who beat the Arizona Cardinals earlier Sunday.

Former Eagles cornerback Byron Maxwell sealed the deal when he picked off Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz in the end zone.

Four plays later, Wilson hit J.D. McKissic on a 15-yard touchdown pass for the clinching score for a 24-10 lead. Schwartz dialed up a blitz on a third-and-10 play but no one got to Wilson. Instead, the ball was stripped before he crossed the plane. But few came when it really mattered as the Seahawks stopped two fourth-down plays and got key third down stops early to keep Philly out of the end zone. Quarterback Carson Wentz, as he's done so often this season, set his feet, reared Philadelphia's most cherished right arm back and rifled a pass toward his teammate. Mike Davis dropped hints that he might be the tailback the Seahawks have been looking for, carrying the ball 16 times for 64 yards and catching four passes for 37 yards. The Eagles ran the ball decently enough, gaining 91 yards on 19 carries in the first half, but they didn't do much of anything in the passing game, accumulating just 45 yards on 13 Wentz passing attempts.

Russell Wilson (20-of-31, 227 yards, 3 TDs) got the best of this showdown, though, and responded with a touchdown drive of his own to push the game out of reach.

The Eagles entered the game with the NFL's top-ranked red-zone offense (71.8%) and eighth-best red-zone defense (28.6) but sputtered in both phases. Even so, the Seahawks jumped to a 10-0 lead behind Wilson and a stout defense that clearly took the challenge of facing the league's top offense to heart. Graham recorded his NFL-leading ninth red-zone touchdown, on an 11-yard back-shoulder catch against safety Malcolm Jenkins at the front left pylon.

An offense that scored nearly at will in the first 11 games - the Eagles had scored at least 20 points in every game and had topped the 30-point mark in the last five - came up empty against the Seahawks. On a third and long, the three-time Pro Bowler vacated the pocket and before being tackled short of the sticks, lateraled to running back Mike Davis from almost ten yards down the field.

The Eagles managed a field goal in the second quarter to come within three points of Seattle.

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