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Seattle Triumphs over the Broken Birds

In the end, Wilson and the freakishly athletic wideout DK Metcalf put Seattle on their backs and won the game.

In the end, Wilson and the freakishly athletic wideout DK Metcalf put Seattle on their backs and won the game. Metcalf caught 7 balls for 160 yds and a TD, including the game sealing first down catch in the fourth quarter.

You remember watching the final minutes of the boxing match in Rocky IV? How Rocky and Drago stagger throughout the ring, barely able to keep their gloves raised yet somehow still throwing punches and taking hits? That's kinda what this game felt like.

The NFC East champion Eagles crawled into the playoffs with a shell of a roster after suffering injury after injury throughout the season. They were lucky to have Zach Ertz on the field as the TE gutted it out through rib and kidney injuries.

Here's just a sampling of who the Birds lost: WR Nelson Agholor, WR Alshon Jeffery, RG Brandon Brooks, WR DeSean Jackson, DT Malik Jackson, RB Darren Sproles, CB Ronald Darby, RB Corey Clement.

What was worse, the Eagles couldn't leave the injury bug in the regular season. Early in the game, Carson Wentz suffered a blow to the head. He went to the locker room and never returned to the field.

Philly fans hoping for another backup QB playoff surge like Nick Foles gave in the run to Super Bowl LII were sorely disappointed when Josh McCown took over play calling duties. The 40 year-old journeyman simply didn't have the juice to overcome the injuries around him as he failed to throw a TD and was sacked six times.

With all the injuries for Philadelphia, Seattle should've cruised to victory. The Seahawks were playing for the #1 seed in the NFC just a week ago but could barely put away the crumbling Eagles on Sunday, winning by just eight points

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - JANUARY 05: Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks drops back to pass against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on January 05, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

To their credit, the Seahawks have suffered their share of losses. Mainly, the Seattle RB core of Chris Carson, Rashaad Penny, and CJ Prosise were all lost to injury, prompting the (somewhat desperate) return of Marshawn Lynch. Beast Mode put up a TD but totaled only 7 rush yds. Russell Wilson led the team with 45 yds on the ground.

It might not have been the prettiest, this win kept Seattle's season alive. The Seahawks leap into Lambeau next week to face the Packers in the NFC divisional round. They'll need to play at a much higher level to win in Wisconsin against the always dangerous Aaron Rodgers and company.

(The beat up Eagles get a much needed break next week as they enter the first of 35 consecutive bye weeks before next year's season opener).

No Shenanigans, just football.

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