Philadelphia, PA - For the third consecutive year, the Eagles have found their way to a post-season berth in a very unlikely scenario. Aided by the emergence of running back Boston Scott, the Philly offense has started to play much better down the stretch, and combined with the collapse of an uber-talented Dallas roster, the Eagles took the NFC East crown.
In the final game of the regular season, The Giants went blow for blow at first, but the Eagles were able to dispatch of them for the second time this year in a sweet victory. Carson Wentz also became the first Eagles quarterback to eclipse 4,000 passing yards in a season - a tremendous milestone for a player who has lifted an injury-plagued offense.
Philadelphia Eagles Vs. Seattle Seahawk - NFC Wild Card
Next up is a home game against the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle came up just short against San Francisco last Sunday in a game that would’ve won them the NFC West and forced the 49ers to play Philadelphia in this game. The Birds should really be quite thankful that San Fran hung on because beating the Seahawks is a much better bet than the 49ers. These two teams met at the Linc’ earlier this year, with Seattle claiming a 17-9 victory. Both defenses had great days, but Seattle’s offense just played better than Philly’s.
Coming into this game, it’s important that the Eagles can get off the ground early offensively. This isn’t a team that is built to play from behind, and they really will need an upper hand from the start. Defensively, the Eagles just want to avoid giving up the deep ball. It’s been a big problem all year, and if they can make Seattle have to check down and run, it will allow this defense to play aggressively and tackle hard. Russell Wilson is hard to contain for 60 minutes, but the Eagles will have to do their best. Overall, I think Philly can do this. They thrive on being the underdog, and as shown in previous years, this is a dangerous team to doubt.
Final Score: Eagles, 20. Seahawks, 17.
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