Eagles to face Seahawks in NFL playoff game, with chance to avenge regular-season loss



Delaware Online


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Eagles insisted that they don't care who they're playing in the wildcard round of the playoffs.

They're just glad that they have a home game.

But the Eagles also don't mind having another chance at the Seattle Seahawks, their opponent this coming Sunday at 4:40 p.m. after the Seahawks lost 26-21 to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night. The Seahawks were stopped just short of the goal line with 9 seconds left.

At least, that's what quarterback Carson Wentz said after committing four of the Eagles' five turnovers in a 17-9 loss to the Seahawks on Nov. 24 at Lincoln Financial Field.


"I just remember the turnovers," Wentz said. "I thought offensively, I thought we did some decent things. We just gave them the ball, and those are the things that we’ll get cleaned up. We’re just excited for the opportunity for whoever that may be. We’re pumped that it’s at home. We’re going to take advantage of that."

The Eagles fell to 5-6 after the loss as Wentz went 33 of 45 for 256 yards. He threw one touchdown pass and two interceptions and lost two fumbles. The Eagles were without both right tackle Lane Johnson, who had a concussion, and right guard Brandon Brooks, who left in the first quarter because of an anxiety attack.


The Eagles would lose again the next week to Miami before finishing the season with four straight wins, ending up 9-7 and the NFC East division champions. That enabled them to host a playoff game as the No. 4 seed.

The Seahawks (11-5) are the No. 5 seed. Had Seattle beaten the 49ers, they would have won the NFC West and the 49ers would have been the Eagles' opponent.

The winner of the Eagles-Seahawks game will travel to either San Francisco or Green Bay the weekend of Jan. 11-12.

For the Seahawks, it was their second loss in a row and third in four games. They will come into Philadelphia without their top three running backs in Chris Carson, Rashaad Penny and C.J. Prosise.


Carson had 1,230 yards rushing this season. Penny had 129 yards rushing against the Eagles, one of two running backs to surpass 100 yards against the Eagles this season.

The Seahawks were desperate enough to sign Marshawn Lynch last week.

Seattle does have quarterback Russell Wilson, who came into Sunday night's game having thrown 29 touchdown passes against just 5 interceptions. Wilson's passer rating was 107.5, which ranked fifth in the NFL.


But to Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, he's just happy the Eagles are in the postseason. 

"I don’t think we care who we play," he said. "So, for us, it doesn’t really matter. We want an opportunity to be at home. We’re not being choosy. Bring on whoever it is, and we’ll compete."


The Eagles announced that tickets will go on sale Monday beginning at noon. Tickets can only be purchased online at www.Ticketmaster.com. There is a four ticket limit per household and all tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.


The Eagles know their opponents for the 2020 season. They'll play their NFC East rivals Dallas, Washington and the Giants both home and away. They'll also play the NFC West, with home games against Seattle and the Los Angeles Rams, and road games against San Francisco and Arizona.

They'll also face the AFC North, with home games against Baltimore and Cincinnati, and road games against Pittsburgh and Cleveland.

Finally, they'll face the other NFC first-place finishers – at Green Bay, and home for New Orleans.

The dates and times will be set in April.



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