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Staff report: Wilson, Metcalf, defense shine in 17-9 NFL playoff road victory

MICHAEL WORKMAN PHOTO - Seattle players and coach Pete Carroll celebrate as the Seahawks clear their first-round NFL playoff hurdle with a 17-9 victory at Philadelphia on Sunday. The Seattle Seahawks advanced in the NFL playoffs with a 17-9 road victory Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Seattle, a wild-card entry after finishing second to San Francisco in the NFC West, never trailed against the NFC East champions.

The victory put Seattle into next week's NFC divisional playoffs against Green Bay. The Seahawks will visit the Packers for a game at 3:40 p.m. next Sunday.

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson led the way on offense at Philly. He completed 18 of 30 passes for 325 yards without an interception and ran nine times for a team-high 45 yards.

The Seahawks took a 3-0 lead with 1:29 left in the first half. Jason Myers kicked a 49-yard field goal.

The Eagles lost starting quarterback Carson Wentz in the second quarter to a head injury after a hit by Jadeveon Clowney.

But with backup Josh McCown at the controls, the Eagles got even with a 46-yard field goal by Jake Elliott at the 2:58 mark of the second quarter.

Some big pass plays by Wilson and his receivers got Seattle to the Philadelphia 5 with 1:36 left in the half. DK Metcalf gained 26 yards to the 50-yard line on third-and-4, and David Moore picked up 38 yards on third-and-10 to the 5.

After the teams traded penalties, Marshawn Lynch banged through defenders for a 5-yard touchdown run, and Myers' PAT sent Seattle to the locker room on top 10-3 after the nine-play, 82-yard drive.

The Eagles drove to the Seahawks 5 with the second-half kickoff, but stalled and had to settle for a 26-yard, Jake Elliott field goal that got them to within 10-6.

Seattle came up with the next big play as Metcalf got behind the secondary and hauled in a Wilson bomb for a 53-yard score. The point-after made it 17-6 for the Hawks with 8:54 left in the third quarter.

Elliott cut the gap to 17-9 with a 38-yard field goal with 2:53 remaining in the third quarter.

Late in th game, the Eagles drove to near midfield and then got to the Seattle 13 via a 39-yard pass interference call. McCown was sacked on the next play, and Seattle then forced a third-and-13. A short completion left fourth-and-7 from the 10 with two minutes to go. McCown was sacked at the 11.

Philadelphia used two timeouts in trying to force a Seattle punt. But on third-and-10, Wilson hit Malcalf down the field and to the Seahawks 47, which enabled Wilson to take a knee three times and run out the clock.

McCown finished 18 of 24 passing for 174 yards. Wentz was 1 for 4 for three yards. Miles Sanders led Philadelphia ground gainers with 69 yards on 14 carries.

Metcalf caught seven passes for 160 yards. Tyler Lockett was next in receptions with four for 62 yards.


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