Wildcard Weekend Battle of the Birds: Eagles Look to fly Past Seahawks

Bill Enright

Eagles are the only home under-dogs in Wildcard Weekend, are they poised to make another magical run to the Super Bowl or will the Seahawks soar past Philadelphia?

Wildcard Weekend: Eagles Host Seahawks 

The Seahawks and Eagles is the only match-up in the first round of the NFL playoffs where both teams met during the regular season. It's also the only game Wildcard Weekend that features a home under-dog with Philadelphia getting two-and-a-half points from Seattle. Back when these two teams met in Week 12, the Seahawks won in Philadelphia by a score of 17-9. 

Philly squeaked into the playoffs after winning the NFC East with a 9-7 record while the Seahawks were on the verge of earning a first round bye but fell a half yard short of beating the 49ers in Week 17 and thus is forced to not only play in the first round of the NFL Playoffs but travel cross country as the visiting team despite their 11-5 record.

Both teams have a long list of injuries to some very key starters. As Eagles Maven Ed Kracz points out the Philly wide receiving corps has been decimated by injuries as the two main starters at the beginning of the year Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson are both on injured reserve and tight end Zach Ertz unlikely to play. The Seahawks backfield is also a mess with Chris Carson, Rashad Penny, and CJ Prosise all landing on IR. But as Seahawks Maven Corbin Smith points out, Marshawn Lynch played admirably considering they grabbed him "off the couch" shortly before Week 17. 

Check out some fun and interesting stats and nuggets about the Seahawks and Eagles courtesy of the NFL:

  • Seattle has won 10-or-more games in seven of the past eight seasons. PETE CARROLL has led the Seahawks to the playoffs in eight of his 10 seasons as head coach.
  • Philadelphia enters the playoffs having closed the regular season with four consecutive wins, tied for the NFC’s second-longest active streak behind Green Bay (five). The Eagles have won the NFC East for the second time in the past three seasons. In 2017, Philadelphia used a division title as a foundation to win Super Bowl LII.
  • Seahawks quarterback RUSSELL WILSON is the first quarterback in NFL history with a winning record in each of his first eight seasons. Wilson (31, third) and Eagles quarterback CARSON WENTZ (27, tied-fifth) ranked in the NFL’s top five in touchdown passes this season.
  • Seattle running back MARSHAWN LYNCH has 1,064 scrimmage yards (96.7 per game) and nine rushing touchdowns in 11 career postseason games.
  • Seattle linebacker BOBBY WAGNER paced the NFL with 159 total tackles.
  • Eagles running back MILES SANDERS led NFL rookies with 1,327 scrimmage yards.
  • One of five Philadelphia players selected to the Pro Bowl, tight end ZACH ERTZ has 525 receptions since entering the NFL in 2013, the most by a tight end in his first seven seasons in NFL history.
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