Seattle wide receivers D.K. Metcalf (14) and David Moore celebrate after Metcalf’s touchdown catch in the second half of Sunday’s NFC wild-card playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Seattle wide receivers D.K. Metcalf (14) and David Moore celebrate after Metcalf’s touchdown catch in the second half of Sunday’s NFC wild-card playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Grading the Seahawks’ 17-9 playoff win over the Eagles

Coaching staff bolsters its grade with a gutsy pass call in the closing minutes

Here’s how the Seattle Seahawks grade out in their 17-9 wild-card playoff victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field:


While Seattle’s running game never got going, the passing game was immaculate. Quarterback Russell Wilson played at an MVP level, making big-time plays with both his arm and his feet. Rookie receiver DK Metcalf was every bit the star many predict he will become, making the catches that were the difference in the game. And Seattle was tremendous on third down, going 8-for-15 and converting several third-and-longs. All-in-all it’s somewhat puzzling the Seahawks came away with just 17 points.

Grade: B


Seattle’s defense was given the luxury of facing a team devoid of most of its offensive playmakers, and then the Eagles lost starting quarterback Carson Wentz in the first quarter to a head injury. While it may have seemed alarming that the Seahawks allowed an offense guided by 40-year-old Josh McCown to gain yards, Seattle kept the Eagles out of the end zone — including a pair of fourth-down stops in the fourth quarter when Philadelphia was threatening. The Seahawks’ much-maligned pass rush came up with seven sacks, though several of those were of the coverage variety.

Grade: B+


It began poorly for Seattle’s special teams when Jason Myers’ first-quarter 35-yard field-goal attempt was blocked. But things stabilized from there. Myers responded by line-driving a 49-yard field goal on Seattle’s ensuing possession. Punter Michael Dickson and his magical ability to make the ball bounce straight up pinned Philadelphia inside its own 10, though his overall punting wasn’t as booming as it has been in the past. There was little accomplished in the return game by either team.

Grade: B-


The Seahawks used their dime package on defense more frequently, deploying six defensive backs on third downs, and that helped create solid coverage throughout the game. Pete Carroll made one challenge that was successful, turning a pass that was ruled incomplete into a reception for Tyler Lockett. There were times when it seemed like the Seahawks could bring more heat on McCown and force him to show he could make play, but the play call to throw the deep ball on third down in the final two minutes, which ended up icing the game, was pure guts.

Grade: B+


Given the crazy number of injuries the Eagles had on offense, especially with Wentz departing early, it sure seems like this one should have been a lay-up for Seattle. But the Seahawks just don’t play games that don’t come down to the end. However, a road playoff win is a road playoff win, even when it’s not always the prettiest. Seattle is going to have to come up with another one next week when the Seahawks travel to Green Bay for the divisional round.

Grade: B+

Talk to us

More in Sports

Seattle Mariners shortstop J.P. Crawford, left, and center fielder Kyle Lewis celebrate the team's win over the Los Angeles Angels in a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)
Mariners see development, progress in truncated season

With more talent on the way, Seattle’s rebuilding timeline appears to be coming to fruition.

Seattle Seahawks outside linebacker Shaquem Griffin, left, blocks Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle Brandon Knight during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 38-31. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)
Shaquem Griffin impresses Seahawks against Cowboys

Cut when Seattle reduced its roster to 53, the pass-rusher proved he deserves another opportunity.

Everett's Dustin Wolf stops a shot at goal against Seattle Sunday evening at ShoWare Center in Kent on March 8, 2020. The Silvertips won 3-2. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Community sports roundup: Wolf again on U.S. hockey radar

Plus the WIAA is offering free mental training and a local park will host women’s football tryouts.

From left to right, Seattle Mariners Kyle Lewis, Kyle Seager and Dee Gordon stand together at a “summer camp” baseball practice in July, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
POLL: How do you grade the Mariners’ 2020 season?

Seattle missed the postseason yet again while giving young players valuable experience.

Seattle Seahawks' Jermaine Kearse catches the game-winning touchdown pass in front of Green Bay Packers' Tramon Williams during overtime of the NFL football NFC Championship game Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 28-22 to advance to Super Bowl XLIX. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Kearse, author of many big moments for Seahawks, retires

The wide receiver who also starred at UW was a clutch performer during Seattle’s Super Bowl years.

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 27. (John Froschauer / Associated Press)
Tyler Lockett is Seattle’s most important wide receiver

He’s overshadowed by the flamboyant DK Metcalf, but Lockett makes the big plays.

Meet the 9 new members of the Snohomish County Sports HOF

The class includes legendary teams, athletes, coaches and voices from the area.

Washington co-defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake works with players at the first practice of spring football for the NCAA college team Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
UW ‘off and running’ in preparing for season opener

After a ‘roller coaster’ offseason, new head coach Jimmy Lake turns his attention to the football field.

Seattle Seahawks receiver Tyler Lockett, second from right, celebrates with teammates DK Metcalf, center, and Jordan Simmons, right, after Lockett scored a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys during the first half of Seattle’s 38-31 victory Sunday at CenturyLink Field. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Grading the Seahawks’ 38-31 victory over the Cowboys

The offense shines again, while questions still linger about the defense.

Most Read