In the days heading into the wildcard matchup featuring the Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks, there were some intriguing questions around the visitors in the contests. The Seahawks pushed past the Eagles in a tight game that saw them inch out in the final minutes of the fourth quarter with a road win that has advanced them to the divisional round to face the Philadelphia Eagles. It was a game that was headlined by some standout play from stellar rookie wideout DK Metcalf placed himself in the NFL record books behind his impressive outing on Sunday night.
Seahawks squeeze past Eagles
Although the Eagles limped into the contest as a battered team, they held home-field advantage along with some momentum building into the game.
However, quickly went south for them offensively with star quarterback Carson Wentz checking out of the contest early after suffering a head injury. The Seahawks were able to do just enough on the road that saw them dictate the flow of the game behind their defense that didn’t allow a touchdown along with 4.6 yards per play.
The Seahawks offense had some balance that was primarily led by star quarterback Russell Wilson being the linchpin in their offensive attack with a solid outing, completing 18-of-30 passes for 325 passing yards and a touchdown along with 108.3 passer rating and had 45 rushing yards. However, it was more than just Wilson’s production that led the way as Metcalf was the real star of the game.
DK Metcalf makes NFL history
The Seahawks were led by their passing game against the Eagles that saw Wilson continuing his strong, promising connection with the Ole Miss rookie wideout.
Metcalf stepped up to the plate with a tremendous performance, hauling in seven of nine targets for 160 receiving yards and a touchdown. That included a 53-yard touchdown grab that gave the Seahawks a double-digit lead. According to NFL Research, it was also the most receiving yards for a rookie wide receiver in a playoff game in the Super Bowl era in league history.
The 22-year-old has continued to emerge into a more promising role as the season has worn on to become one of Wilson’s most relied upon passing game targets. Metcalf was slighted heading into the NFL due to his criticisms with his route-running ability, but he has proven to be a significant playmaker in the Seahawks offense and key piece of the puzzle.
The fact that he’s making this big of an impact this early in his career, he’s only scratching the surface of how great of a player he can become in Seattle.
Seahawks advance to face the Packers
The Seahawks moved past their first test in the playoffs to move into the divisional round, where they face a more daunting challenge against the Green Bay Packers.
The Packers are heading into the contest after securing the second overall seed behind a strong season that has earned them home-field advantage at one of the most challenging places to play in the NFL. The Seahawks will once again lean on their championship-tested quarterback to lead the way. The continued emergence of Metcalf should play a factor in providing stability in the passing game on the road.
It should be another entertaining performance between two of the league’s top-tier quarterbacks that saw the last time they faced off turn into an all-time classic game. It’s been nearly five years since that previous meeting, but the stakes are still almost as equally high with a trip to the NFC Championship Game on the line. Expect plenty of storylines to emerge heading into the contest in the coming days.