|Date of game: 12/7/2014
Recap: Philadelphia vs. Seattle
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Russell Wilson accounted for three touchdowns, including one on a 15-yard pass to Marshawn Lynch that helped the Seattle Seahawks pull away in the second half for a 24-14 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
Lynch's touchdown came after Eagles running back LeSean McCoy fumbled on the first play from scrimmage in the third quarter and extended Seattle's lead to 17-7.
"We're high on confidence because we put the work in during the week," said Wilson.
Later, in another key sequence in the fourth quarter, the Seahawks dodged a bullet after Lynch lost a fumble for the first time this season.
Tharold Simon intercepted Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez on the next play, protecting Seattle's 10-point lead.
The Seahawks (9-4) controlled the game more than the score showed, holding Chip Kelly's fast-paced offense to just 139 yards in 18 minutes of possession to get their third win in a row.
"I'll give them credit," said Kelly, the Eagles coach. "They did a hell of a job on defense."
The Eagles (9-4) had a 10-game regular season home winning streak snapped and fell into a tie with Dallas for first place in the NFC East nine days after beating the Cowboys convincingly on Thanksgiving.
The Seahawks, who were also coming off a win over division rival San Francisco on Thanksgiving, remained a game behind Arizona in the NFC West.
Wilson was 22-of-37 passing for 263 yards and two touchdowns and scrambled for a 26-yard score in the first half that countered an early Eagles touchdown.
Lynch rushed 23 times for 86 yards -- going over 1,000 yards for the fourth season in a row -- and Doug Baldwin had five catches for 97 yards and a score.
Sanchez completed just 10 of his 20 passes for 96 yards in his fifth straight start for the injured Nick Foles. He threw touchdown passes to Jeremy Maclin and Zach Ertz, but McCoy ran for just 50 yards on 17 carries against a stout Seattle front four.
Philadelphia's division lead disappeared with the loss, which came three days after Dallas beat the Bears on Thursday night in Chicago. The Cowboys will visit Philadelphia for a key game next Sunday night.
The Eagles were held to 67 yards of offense in the first half and McCoy lost a fumble when he was stripped by linebacker K.J. Wright and safety Earl Thomas dove into the pile to get the ball.
That led to Lynch's 15-yard touchdown reception for Seattle's 17-7 lead.
The Eagles cut their deficit to three points after two big plays: Josh Huff's 46-yard kickoff return -- Seattle thought he fumbled, but lost the challenge -- and Sanchez's 35-yard touchdown pass to Ertz, who made the catch near the left sideline behind Wright and stumbled into the end zone.
But a 44-yard pass interference penalty on the Eagles helped the Seahawks push their lead to 24-14 on Wilson's 23-yard touchdown strike to Baldwin, who beat Malcolm Jenkins to get open with nine minutes left in the third quarter.
Linebacker Mychal Kendricks got a helmet on the ball to force Lynch's fumble in the fourth, which was recovered by the Eagles at their own 30.
But Sanchez threw behind Riley Cooper on the next play and Simon easily picked it off.
On another missed Philadelphia opportunity, Jenkins jumped a pass intended for tight end Tony Moeaki and nearly had an interception with momentum that might have carried him to the end zone.
Instead, Seattle punted, then sacked Sanchez two times on Philadelphia's final possession.
The Seahawks gave up seven points after punter Jon Ryan dropped the ball and the Eagles recovered it at the Seattle 14, leading to Sanchez's 1-yard pass to Maclin on the left side for a 7-0 lead with 3:37 left in the first quarter.
The Seahawks responded with an 82-yard drive, tying the score when Wilson scored untouched on a 26-yard scramble on the second play of the second quarter after faking a handoff.
Wilson had two big completions on 3rd-and-long plays near the end of the half, hitting Baldwin and Paul Richardson for 20-yard gains to set up Steven Hauschka's 44-yard field goal for a 10-7 lead going into the break.Game Notes
McCoy became the Eagles' all-time leading rusher with 6,541 yards, passing
Wilbert Montgomery (6,538) for first place ... Seattle earned a fourth win in
a row in Philadelphia and tied the all-time overall series at 7-7 ... The last
Eagles win at home over the Seahawks was a 31-7 victory on Sept. 10, 1989 ...
The Seahawks host San Francisco next Sunday.