By Ian Baker -- Trinity Christian Academy junior and 2019-2020 Junior Journalist
In the final game of the NFL Wildcard round, the 11-5 Seattle Seahawks traveled to Philly to battle the 9-7 Philadelphia Eagles, who barely sneaked into the playoffs.
Seattle got the ball first and was not able to capitalize, fumbling on the second play. They recovered the fumble but then had to punt it away. Philly got the ball at their own 22-yard line; they also started off slowly and fumbled on the second play but recovered it back. The Eagles eventually punted the ball away, and Seattle got the ball at their own 48-yard line after a 15-yard penalty for unnecessary roughness against the Eagles.
The Seahawks finally got something going, making it all the way to the Philly 17-yard line. They brought out Jason Myers to try to make a 35-yard field goal, but the kick was blocked. So, the score stayed 0-0. Philly got the ball back, looking to try to put a score on the board. On 3rd and 10, quarterback Carson Wentz went to scramble but was tripped up and fell forward. Seahawks defensive back Jadeveon Clowney dove down towards Wentz’s head, smashing Wentz's face into the grass and knocking Wentz out of the game with a concussion. There was no penalty for Clowney.
The Seahawks got the ball back and were looking to finally get some points on the board. They drove down the field to the Seattle 30-yard line, and Myers kicked a 49-yard field goal to make the score 3-0. The Eagles got the ball back, and with veteran quarterback Josh McCown, the Eagles’ offense was off tempo and struggled to move the ball the entire game.
After a couple of punts by both teams, the Eagles finally got something going and wound the clock down with a 5:53-long drive. The Eagles capped off the drive with a 46-yard field goal by Jake Elliot. The Seahawks got the ball back and did not want to let the Eagles gain on them. They drove right down the field, working against the clock with halftime approaching. The Seahawks finally handed Marshawn Lynch the ball on the goal line, and Seattle got the first touchdown of the game to go up 10-3.
The Eagles received the kickoff to start the second half. They got a nice 32-yard pass to Zach Ertz to get into Seattle territory. A pass interference call against the Seahawks put Philadelphia deeper into Seattle territory, but with the tempo and the slow play, the Eagles struggled with McCown fumbling and getting sacked on the next play. The Eagles had to settle for a 26-yard chip-shot field goal to make the score 10-6. Seattle got the ball and wasted no time gaining several 15+ yard plays and finishing the drive with a 53-yard bomb to rookie DK Metcalf to make the score 17-6.
The Eagles also drove down the field with an 11-play, 5:57 drive, but McCown fumbled again for the second time and, thankfully, recovered it. Once again, Philly had to settle for a field goal to make the score 17-9 with 2:49 in the 3rd quarter.
After multiple punts by Seattle and a few turnover on downs from the Eagles, Seattle won the game by a score of 17-9 to move on to the divisional round off the playoffs and play the Green Bay Packers in Green Bay.
PLAYER OF THE GAME.
DK Metcalf: 7 receptions, 160 yards, 1 TD