June 22, 2024

NFL

The Eagles gave up the game-winning landing within the remaining minute in Matt Patricia’s first sport as their defensive playcaller.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts, proper, runs for yardage as Seattle Seahawks defensive finish Mario Edwards Jr. (97) tries to cease him in the course of the first half of an NFL soccer sport, Monday, Dec. 18, 2023, in Seattle. (AP Photograph/Lindsey Wasson) AP

SEATTLE (AP) — Amid the flood of feelings that continued lengthy after he walked off the sector a winner, Drew Lock paused briefly to replicate.

Uncommon is the prospect to have a second like what the Seattle Seahawks’ backup quarterback skilled on Monday night time.

“I feel it was simply the over-the-top of feeling of you don’t get very many moments, you don’t very many alternatives on this league,” Lock stated. “And with each alternative you get, that you must be as prepared as you will be.”

Lock threw a 29-yard landing cross to Jaxon Smith-Njigba with 28 seconds left to cap a 92-yard drive, and the Seahawks surprised the Philadelphia Eagles 20-17, ending a four-game skid and getting again into NFC playoff competition.

Seattle (7-7) rallied behind Lock, who moved the group the size of the sector for its longest landing drive this season and located the Seahawks’ rookie first-round decide for the largest catch of his younger profession.

On third-and-10, Smith-Njigba beat James Bradberry off the road and Lock’s throw was excellent to cap an unlikely comeback from an early 10-0 deficit. Lock, who made his second straight begin rather than the injured Geno Smith, linked with DK Metcalf 3 times on the decisive drive, together with much-needed chunk performs of 18 and 34 yards.

Seattle moved right into a logjam with 4 groups at the moment at .500 which might be battling for the NFC’s final two playoff spots, whereas Philadelphia (10-4) misplaced its third straight and wasted an opportunity to maneuver a sport forward of Dallas within the NFC East. The defending NFC champion Eagles have already secured a playoff spot.

Philadelphia had one final alternative, however Julian Love made his second interception of the fourth quarter, choosing off Jalen Hurts’ deep cross meant for A.J. Brown and simply getting his toes down inbounds.

“I used to be watching (Brown) that complete play. I used to be within the submit, I noticed a double transfer, I simply took off. I noticed the ball floating and I have to be dwelling proper as a result of I bought my toes in, fortunately,” Love stated.

Love additionally picked off Hurts in the long run zone on a deep shot for Quez Watkins with 8:08 remaining to stop the Eagles from extending their 17-13 lead.

Lock’s landing cross to Smith-Njigba was a play Seattle ran earlier within the sport, and Lock knew if he bought single protection once more, the throw was headed to the rookie.

“Positive sufficient, they gave us one-on-one. It was form of the right look,” stated Lock, who completed 22 of 33 for 208 yards.

It was the second game-winning landing within the fourth quarter for Smith-Njigba, who had one in opposition to Cleveland. And it regarded awfully acquainted to a catch he made for Ohio State within the Rose Bowl in opposition to Utah.

“Positively form of comparable. Identical form of nook. I’ve been making catches like that for a very long time,” Smith-Njigba stated.

Lock was additionally the lead blocker on Kenneth Walker III’s 23-yard landing run within the third quarter that pulled Seattle even at 10-10. Walker completed with 86 yards dashing.

Hurts, who was questionable to play with an sickness, had a troublesome night time. He had 13 carries for 82 yards and two touchdowns, however he was simply 17 of 31 passing for 143 yards with the 2 picks.

Hurts was unable to observe after getting sick on Saturday. He flew individually from his teammates on a personal jet to Seattle and it wasn’t clear he would play till the listing of inactive gamers was introduced 90 minutes earlier than kickoff.

Hurts didn’t appear like he felt nice, however for the primary three quarters he performed effectively sufficient. He capped a pair of lengthy scoring drives with landing runs of three yards and 1 yard. Hurts now has 14 dashing touchdowns, tied with Cam Newton in 2011 for essentially the most by a quarterback in a season.

“I favored the chance to to go on the market and execute regardless what the circumstances is and I didn’t do a great job with that,” Hurts stated. “I didn’t lead ok. I didn’t do a ok job in any circumstance.”

STARTING LOCK

Smith remained sidelined by a groin damage, though he was energetic for the sport and warmed up on his personal a pair hours earlier than kickoff. Seattle coach Pete Carroll stated the choice to begin Lock was made about 90 minutes earlier than the sport.

Lock didn’t put up large numbers, however he prevented main errors and was nice on the ultimate drive, when he accomplished 5 of 10 passes and accounted for all 92 yards.

“It’s a reminiscence you’re by no means going to lose. He’s going to carry on to this Monday night time endlessly,” Carroll stated. “He earned it, he deserved it. He performed as much as the good moments within the sport and got here by.”

UP NEXT

Eagles: Host the New York Giants on Christmas Day.

Seahawks: At Tennessee on Sunday.