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Russell Wilson leads Seahawks over Wentz-less Eagles

D.K. Metcalf goes off in Wild Card win over Eagles.

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver D.K. Metcalf reacts after his touchdown reception as quarterback Russell Wilson looks on during the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles in a NFC Wild Card playoff football game at Lincoln Financial Field. Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

NFL journeyman Josh McCown was rushed into duty after Carson Wentz was forced from the game early with a concussion caused by Seahawks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney’s helmet-to-helmet hit. McCown played admirably but Russell Wilson and company were too much for the undermanned Eagles, as Seattle won 17-9 in Philadelphia.

Wilson was his vintage self, scrambling for first downs and hitting his receivers deep, with rookie receiver D.K. Metcalf taking advantage of the Eagles poor pass defense. Metcalf caught 7-of-9 targets for 160 yards and a touchdown, with the biggest coming midway through the third quarter when he made a nice 53-yard touchdown reception.

Marshawn Lynch didn’t have a big statistical game against the Eagles strong run defense, but he made his best run count, as he bulled his way into the end zone from five-yards out. It was Beast Mode at his best and gives Seattle fans flashbacks to Super Bowl 49 and what could have been.

McCown finished the game completing 18-of-24 passes for 174 yards, with Dallas Goedert as his top receiver. Goedert caught seven passes for 73 yards, as Zach Ertz played, but was limited with a cracked rib and just-healed lacerated kidney. Philadelphia was down to a skeleton crew on offense, with injuries at most key offensive positions.

Seattle now heads to Green Bay to take on what is likely the weakest Divisional round matchup.