Week 13 Game Recap: Seattle Seahawks 42, Philadelphia Eagles 0
What you need to know
Seeking their eighth straight victory on a snowy night in Philadelphia, the Seattle Seahawks led off the game with an impressive eight plus minute, 16 play touchdown drive. With a ball-hawking pass defense and a few doses of Shaun Alexander, the Seahawks continued to pour it on and the game was over by halftime. The Seattle defense scored three touchdowns in this game, two on interception returns, and one on a fumble recovery.
With a comfortable early lead, Hasselbeck wasn’t asked to do very much in this game except hand the ball off to his backs. When he did drop back to pass, Hasselbeck enjoyed solid pass protection. He made good decisions and accurate throws when called upon, and finished the game with 98 yards on eight completions and one touchdown.
When Seattle did go to the air, the ball was spread around among three receivers. Bobby Engram was the recipient of Seattle’s lone touchdown pass, his first of the season. Jerramy Stevens also contributed to the Seattle air attack, catching four passes for 22 yards. D.J. Hackett pitched in with a 42 yard reception to set up the Seahawks’ fifth touchdown.
Shaun Alexander scored two more rushing touchdowns in the first half of this game. However, with the game out of hand at halftime, Alexander gave way to Maurice Morris in the Seattle backfield. Alexander finished with 49 yards on 19 attempts.
In front of a national television audience in December, the Eagles looked more like a team that was playing out the string than a team that was fighting to keep its dim playoff hopes alive. The Eagles’ defense allowed Seattle to march down the field on a 16 play touchdown drive on their opening possession. Meanwhile, the Eagles’ offense faced a real quandary. They found no room to run on the ground, but seemingly every time they passed the ball, it resulted in an interception.
Mike McMahon had a terrible night. He completed four of ten passes to his team, and two of two passes to the Seahawks. Both interceptions were returned for touchdowns. Completely ineffective, McMahon gave way to Koy Detmer in the second quarter. Detmer also struggled, throwing an interception on his first pass attempt and losing a fumble. Detmer also threw an interception on a tipped ball late in the game. He finished with 13 completions on 29 attempts for 84 yards and no touchdowns.
Brian Westbrook had a quiet night. He left the game on the Eagles’ first series with an apparent foot or ankle injury, returned for the rest of the first half, and did not play in the second half. While in the game, Westbrook struggled to find any running room. He finished with just 17 yards on nine rushing attempts, but did manage 38 receiving yards on five receptions. Ryan Moats and Reno Mahe saw the bulk of the action with Westbrook out of the game. Moats had a few nice runs, and finished with 26 yards on ten carries.
Philadelphia receivers played very poorly in this game. Rookie Reggie Brown, playing in place of Terrell Owens, was a non-factor with three catches for 27 yards. L.J. Smith led all Philadelphia receivers with 46 receiving yards.
What you ought to know
Hasselbeck led his team down the field on an impressive 16 play touchdown drive to start the game. He enjoyed great pass protection, looked comfortable in the pocket, and threw the ball accurately to his receivers. The drive ended with an 11 yard touchdown pass on which Hasselbeck rolled right, waited for his receiver to get open, then threw a strike back across his body to a wide open Bobby Engram in the middle of the end zone. Thereafter, with Seattle leading the game by a wide margin, Hasselbeck was in the game primarily to hand the ball off to his running back. He left the game at the end of the third quarter.
Wallace took over at quarterback for Seattle with just over a quarter remaining in the game. For the most part, he just handed off the football. He finished with zero completions on just two attempts.
Alexander had a short but relatively successful night against the Eagles. In one half of action, he notched 49 yards and two touchdowns. Both of his touchdowns came on short goal line carries. He broke one long run of 18 yards, but for the most part was held in check by the Eagles’ defense. Alexander also had three carries from inside the Philadelphia six yard line on Seattle’s first possession, but he lost yardage on two of them.
With Alexander out of the game, Morris carried the rushing load for Seattle in the second half. He tallied 15 yards on 33 carries. His low yardage total can largely be attributed to the Eagles’ stacking the line of scrimmage, as Seattle was ran the ball on virtually every play in the second half.
Weaver came into the game in the middle of the fourth quarter and notched ten yards on five attempts.
Strong had two carries on four yards, and sat out much of the second half.
Engram caught a pass across the middle of the field to convert a Seattle third down on the Seahawks’ opening drive. The drive culminated in Engram’s first touchdown of the year when he caught a pass in the middle of the end zone from a scrambling Hasselbeck. Engram was quiet the rest of the game, as the Seahawks were content to run the ball on virtually every play.
Hackett’s first and only catch of the game was an impressive one, as he leaped over double coverage on a deep sideline route to haul in a 42 yard pass at the Philadelphia three yard line. The play set up a Shaun Alexander touchdown.
Jurevicius, a renowned Eagles’ killer, failed to register a catch. He was targeted on a fade in the end zone on Seattle’s opening drive, but was unable to get both of his feet in bounds.
Stevens made four receptions on the first five plays of the game, after making no catches the previous week. He did not have a catch thereafter. Stevens was targeted in the red zone on the same drive, but was pushed out of the way by a Philadelphia defender. The play resulted in an interception but was nullified by an illegal contact penalty.
Brown converted six of six extra point tries, but missed a 40 yard field goal attempt.
The Seattle rush defense dominated the line of scrimmage, allowing little running room for Philadelphia running backs. In total they allowed just 61 yards on the ground. The unit also forced a fumble and returned it for a touchdown.
Seattle’s pass defense completely dominated the Eagles’ inexperienced passing offense. They pressured the quarterback and blanketed Philadelphia receivers downfield. By the time the game had mercifully ended, the pass defense had tallied four interceptions, one forced fumble, and four sacks. Two of the interceptions were returned for touchdowns and one was returned to the Philadelphia two yard line.
|QB Koy Detmer, Pass: 13 - 29 - 84 - 0 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 1 - 1 - 0|
Detmer came into the game with 5:00 remaining in the second quarter in relief of an ineffective Mike McMahon. His first pass was thrown into tight coverage, deflected, intercepted, and returned to the Philadelphia two yard line. It didn’t get much better for Detmer after that. He looked unsettled in the pocket, had several passes tipped at the line of scrimmage, and overthrew his receivers. He finished with 84 yards passing, two interceptions, and one lost fumble. He was unable to move the Philadelphia offense anywhere close to the red zone.
|QB Mike McMahon, Pass: 4 - 10 - 61 - 0 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 3 - 14 - 0|
In his third start as an Eagle, McMahon played miserably. In an effort to get him involved in the flow of the game early, Eagles’ coach Andy Reid allowed McMahon to come out throwing. The results were disastrous. After moving the chains a couple times on the Eagles’ first series, McMahon threw a strike into the chest of Seattle defender Andre Dyson. The interception was returned for a touchdown. To be fair though, WR Greg Lewis shared some blame as waited on the ball and let Dyson make the play. Three drives later, McMahon made the same mistake again, as Lofa Tatupu undercut a pass for a 38 yard interception return for a touchdown. McMahon finished with four completions for 61 yards on ten attempts and two interceptions before giving way to Detmer in the second quarter.
Westbrook had a forgettable performance coming off his first 100 yard rushing game of the season. He left the game in the first quarter after getting hit on his right ankle at the end of a ten yard pass play. He returned to the game a few plays later, but found scarce running room after his return. At the beginning of the second half, with the score 42-0, Westbrook was shown leaving for the locker room. He finished the game with 55 combined rushing and receiving yards.
|RB Ryan Moats, Rush: 10 - 26 - 0, Rec: 1 - 3 - 0 (2 targets)|
With Westbrook ailing and the game out of reach, Moats saw plenty of action in this game. For the most part, he was bottled up by the Seattle run defense. He did show good strength and quickness at times. His long run was for 14 yards. Moats did make a costly mistake when he fumbled the ball on his first carry of the second half. The ball was picked up by Seattle and returned for a touchdown. He was given the ball on the ensuing Philadelphia possession, and picked up nine yards running off tackle left.
|RB Reno Mahe, Rush: 2 - 3 - 0, Rec: 4 - 16 - 0 (6 targets)|
Mahe saw limited action out of the backfield, mostly as a pass catcher, with the outcome of the game decided early in the contest. He also returned punts.
Brown followed up on last week’s dismal zero catch performance with equally disappointing numbers. He finished with three receptions for 27 yards. He was not targeted on any deep throws.
McCants was targeted on a sideline route in the first quarter when the game was still meaningful, but the ball was overthrown. McCants had one catch for nine yards.
Lewis had a very tough game. In the first quarter he was targeted on a comeback route that was undercut, intercepted, and returned for Seattle’s first defensive touchdown. John Madden remarked that Lewis made no effort to fight off the defender to prevent the interception. Lewis was targeted later in the game on a deep post, but the ball was knocked away by the defender. Again Madden jumped on Lewis for failing to make a play on the ball. Lewis also had a bad drop on a short pass at the end of the game.
Despite being the leading Eagles’ receiver with 46 yards on two catches, Smith had a tough game. He was targeted on the second Seattle interception, a ball that was undercut by the defender and returned for a touchdown. Smith dropped a pass at the end of the first half that hit him in the chest. He also had a pass bounce off of his chest in the fourth quarter, which resulted in Seattle’s fourth interception. Finally, with time expiring on the last play of the game, Smith dropped a pass on the goal line that hit him in the chest and would have given the Eagles a touchdown.
Akers did not attempt a field goal or extra point in the game.
The Eagles’ rush defense allowed just 96 yards on the ground in the game, although they did allow two rushing touchdowns. The low yardage total is largely the result of a Seattle offense that was content to simply handoff the ball three times and punt for the duration of the second half.
The Philadelphia pass defense was unable to get any sort of pass rush early in the game, allowing Seattle to move the ball downfield at will. On Seattle’s first touchdown, a pass to Bobby Engram, replay showed that Hasselbeck had more than eight seconds to find an open receiver. Although the Eagles gave up just 98 yards in the air, this low total is exaggerated by the Seahawks’ run oriented play selection in the second half. The Eagles had no sacks and no interceptions.