It appeared to be a trap game. Two tough games against two pretty good teams
in San Francisco and St. Louis. Then starting the following 3 weeks - 3 games against very
familar foes in the Redskins, Cowboys and Giants. Seattle? Seattle Who? Well,
the Birds took care of business against the Seahawks on the road with a 27-20
win. It was close in the first quarter and then again in the fourth quarter.
But in the 2nd & 3rd quarters, the Eagles dominated. They dominated on both
offense and defense. AJ Feely finished the game passing 21-for-35 with 190 yards,
2 TD's and 1 INT. the game started out with Seattle driving down the field rather
easily. They appeared headed for the games first points, possible a touchdown.
A big sack by Brandon Whiting, forcing the Seahawks to settle for a FG. Three
plays and out for the Eagles later, Seattle marched down the field again. The
Eagles defense stiffened again and forced Seattle to kick another FG. The score
read 6-0, Seahawks.
On the ensuing kickoff after the second FG, Brian Mitchell took the ball and
returned it 32 yards to the 45-yard line. Feely then completed a 12-yard pass
to Antonio Freeman on 3rd-and-7. Then Feely completed another 3rd down pass
to Todd Pinkston. Finally, AJ pumped faked a pass and threw an easy 6-yard
pass to James Thrash for the games first TD and a 7-6 Eagles' lead. The Eagles
never looked back. Later in the second quarter, it was the running of Duce
Staley that made the score 14-6. What was that I heard after his touchdown
run. It was DDUUUUCCCEEE. In Seattle?? Yes!! Duce ran the ball 21 times for
100 yards and the chants of "Duce" could be heard on just about every carry.
David Akers added 2 field goals, 1 from 33 yards out and the other from 40 yards
out with 8 seconds left in the half. The Eagles had a 20-7 lead at halftime.
The Philadelphia Eagles came out of the half and after stopping the Seahawks with
a Sheldon Brown INT from Matt Hasselbeck, the Eagles drove the short 39 yards on
5 plays for another TD drive. The touchdown pass was a beauty. A 20-yard pass to
Todd Pinkston who had 7 catches and 88 yards. That gave the men in white and green an
almost insurmountable lead at 27-6 and the defense forced Haselbeck into more
turnovers with pressure from sacks. Levon Kirkland also made a big play by
breaking up a pass meant for Jeremy Stevens. Another time, they forced Matt
Hasselbeck into an incomplete pass in the endzone on fourth down. Then, the
reliable David Akers missed a 39-yard FG late in the 4th quarter with only
8 minutes left. With the score 27-13, AJ and the running game drove the field
eating valuable time off the clock. With under 2 minutes left, Akers was setup
to kick a 39-yard FG which would have made the score 30-13, but he missed. Give
Seattle some credit as they kept fighting with Matt Hasselbeck leading the Seahawks
downfield and with less than 45 seconds left and no timeouts, he threw an 11-yard
touchdown pass to Jeremy Stevens. The Eagles lead was cut to 27-20. The Seahawks
had no other choice, but to try the onside kick. The onside kick was recovered
by Freddie Mitchell and a very important three-game stretch ended in three
straight victories for Philadelphia. Now Philly goes home to play the Washington
Redskins in the last regular season game at Veteran's Stadium. Three more wins
to home-field advantage. Three more wins and all NFC roads to San Diego go through
South Philadelphia. Three more wins and teams such as the Niners and Bucaneers
start having nightmares of cold winter days in the "City of Brotherly Love".
Three more wins and Christmas time around the city will be a very joyous one.
So Eagles, let's get it done and close out the Vet in style. Even though
it's a dungeon and it should be forgotten. It is our dungeon or "The Dump" as
Jeffrey Lurie would call it.