Through two quarters this game is just like the Seahawks' previous two: Smothering, smacking defense controlling the game; the offense squandering chances. The only difference: Punter Jon Ryan dropping a punt snap right to his hands in the first quarter. That's the only reason Philadelphia has scored.
The Seahawks have 242 yards to Philadelphia's 67. They have 14 first downs to the Eagles' five. Yet Seattle's lead is only 10-7 at halftime.
Philadelphia came in fourth in the league at 31.3 points and 416.2 yards on offense per game. The Eagles were averaging 5.7 yards per play. They are getting 2.9 yards per snap so far today.
The recipe has been the same so far. Kam Chancellor and Byron Maxwell have led a Seahawks secondary that has been all over Philadelphia's receivers. Chancellor and Bobby Wagner have been up hard against the run, limiting LeSean McCoy (1,018 yards in 12 games coming in) to 39 yards on 11 runs.
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On Friday, coach Pete Carroll had said the Seahawks liked the matchups they could get against the Eagles by playing starting cornerback Maxwell inside. Maxwell has responded by making three plays -- a pass breakup and two immediate tackles -- to end Eagles drives in the first half.
The offense has moved well between the 30s --again -- and has stalled after that. Again.
Russell Wilson has been sacked twice and been hit at least six other times. But he has esacaped seven more sacks, and has made four astounding plays off scrambles, escapes for first downs. His third-and-15 spin, turn, run away from another sack and throw to Doug Baldwin for 20 yards with less than a minute left in the half got Seattle in position for Steven Hauschka's go-ahead field goal with 2 seconds left before halftime.
Wilson has created 10 points and cost Seattle six.
He has a game-high 43 yards rushing, including 26 yards untouched around left end on a read-option run for the touchdown that tied the game at 7 two plays into the second quarter.
Wilson has, however, cost the Seahawks chances at two more field goals. He waited, waited and took a rare out-of-bounds sack in the first quarter to push Hauschka into what would have been a 51-yard try into a stiff wind that Carroll chose not to attempt in the first quarter. In the second period Wilson took a 15-yard intentional-ground penalty to ruin what would have been -- had he been able to throw it away sooner to a receiver, a 49-yard try by Hauschka with the strong wind at the kicker's back that time.
In the last 10 quarters the Seahawks have allowed 13 points, 435 total yards -- 67 so far today. Seven of those points came from Ryan's drop punt snap today at the Seattle 14. The Eagles turned that gift into a 1-yard touchdown pass outside by Carroll's former USC quarterback Mark Sanchez to Jeremy Maclin.
Sanchez is 4 for 9 passing for 28 yards.
Marshawn Lynch has 39 yards on 12 carries. Baldwin has four catches for a game-leading 74 yards.
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