The Seattle Seahawks blew their chance to secure a playoff game at home when they lost to the San Francisco 49ers in the final regular season game. However, that development may not be an altogether bad thing when the Seahawks face the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday (1:40 p.m. PT/4:40 p.m. ET, NBC) in a Wild Card playoff.
The Seattle Seahawks won their first meeting on the road against the Philadelphia Eagles this season. To advance to the divisional round of the NFC playoffs, they’ll need to replicate that outcome Sunday in the wild-card round.
Much has changed for both the Seahawks and Eagles since their Nov. 24 meeting, which Seattle won 17-9. Russell Wilson and Co. couldn’t secure the NFC West and were thus relegated to a wild-card berth. The Seahawks are also without Rashaad Penny, their leading rusher from the first meeting, after the running bear suffered a torn ACL in early December. The Eagles, meanwhile, won four of their final five games to secure the NFC East title and No. 4 seed. Carson Wentz will be making his playoff debut Sunday after missing the last two trips to the postseason due to injury.
NFC WILDCARD PLAYOFFS – NFL
Time: 4:40 p.m. ET
TV channel: NBC
Live stream:NBC Sports, fuboTV
Venue: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia
The Seahawks’ 26-21 loss to the 49ers prevented from winning the NFC West and hosting a playoff game. Now, they play a road game against the Eagles. However, the Seahawks’ posted a 7-1 record on the road this season, including a 17-9 win over the Eagles in Week 12. That game was the Seahawks’ best defensive performance of the season. Since then? The Seahawks (11-5) have not held any opponent under 24 points and have allowed an average of 25.8 points a game. If the Seahawks are going to win, they better hope quarterback Russell Wilson’s second-half performance – 18-of-28, 178 yards, two touchdown passes – against the 49ers travels to Philadelphia and they get a big boost from resurrected running back Marshawn Lynch, because the defense is not very good. Watch Now!
The Eagles (9-7) won four straight games – including a critical win over the Dallas Cowboys in Week 16 – to overtake the Cowboys and win the NFC East. The other three wins came against the New York Giants (twice) and Washington. Uh, okay. However, quarterback Carson Wentz was superb during the streak, throwing for 1,199 yards with seven touchdown passes and no interceptions while completing 68 percent of his passes. The Eagles’ wide receivers group has been decimated by injuries and tight end Zach Ertz has not been medically cleared for contact after suffering a rib injury and a lacerated kidney in Week 17. The Eagles also lost right guard Brandon Brooks for the season with a shoulder injury. Live Now!