The Seattle Seahawks ended the Philadelphia Eagles' nine-game win streak in tonight's 24-10 loss at CenturyLink Field. Quarterback Carson Wentz's was 29-of-45 for 348 yards and a touchdown, but it was not enough to come away with a win on the road.
"I missed some throws, we missed some things early on," Wentz said. "Sometimes that's just the flow of the game early on, just try to see what's going to work for you early in games. We were slow early on."
It was a slow first half overall, as the Eagles trailed the Seahawks, 10-3, following the opening 30 minutes. The Eagles did not find the end zone until the fourth quarter when Wentz connected with wide receiver Nelson Agholor for a with a 27-yard touchdown. It was the team's lone touchdown on the evening and marked the first time in 15 games that the Eagles did not score at least 20 points in a matchup.
"We did struggle," Wentz said. "We struggled to get into a rhythm, running the ball, throwing the ball. Came up short on a couple of third downs and stuff like that. We just had to find it in that second half. Came out right away and went with our no huddle drive that kind of got us a little boost. Like I said, we got it all the way down there and we just didn't finish."
Wentz fumbled the ball at the Seattle 1-yard line. it bounced out of the back of the end zone and was ruled a touchback, giving the Seahawks the ball. The turnover was immediately followed an 80-yard, 11 play Seattle drive that culminated in a 1-yard touchdown pass from Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson to wide receiver Tyler Lockett. The score gave Seattle the 17-3 lead in the third quarter.
"Fumbled, it happens. It's tough to do that on the road," Wentz said. "Situations like that, especially when you're down there on the 1-yard line, tough to do that and expect to win. Especially coming out the first drive of the second half, the way we did. We were rolling there. Just can't put it on the ground."
In comparison to Wentz, Wilson was 21-of-31 for 227 yards and three touchdowns in tonight's matchup.
"Russell is a heck of a competitor. You know I've been a fan of his since I was a kid. I love competing against him, love being across from him. Tonight was pretty cool," Wentz said. "He's a heck of a player, heck of a competitor so I just wish him well."
Taking a look at how his team will respond to their first loss in nine games, Wentz believes the group can use this game as a learning experience.
"We'll be fine. The guys in this locker room, we're all mature," Wentz said. "We'll all respond just fine. We're all frustrated about this one, but were not too worried. I think we'll be just fine."
Now sitting at 10-2 on the season, Wentz and the Eagles will stay on the west coast this week as they prepare for next week's matchup against the Los Angeles Rams.
"The message is always just keep going forward, keep going forward. Be 1-0 every day at practice. Be 1-0 every week. And that message won't change, that message won't change," Wentz said. "We'll go back, we'll watch the tape, we'll see where our mistakes were made, we'll clean some things up. But like I said, we have a mature locker room, a lot of good guys that are willing to work, willing to put the blame on themselves when necessary and we're not going to point fingers. You know we're not going to point fingers. We're going to keep plugging along and we'll have the same message that we've had all year."