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Doug Pederson: "It's Still In Our Control"


Head coach Doug Pederson watched his team's nine-game win streak snap in a 24-10 loss to the Seahawks on Sunday night.

While the Eagles finished with over 100 more total yards of offense, five more first downs, and nearly four more minutes of possession, it was the Seahawks who were able to convert during crucial situations down the stretch.

Seattle went 3-for-3 in the red zone while Philadelphia was 0-for-2, including a costly fumble from quarterback Carson Wentz – his first turnover in the red zone all season. The Eagles beat themselves as well on some occasions, finishing with seven penalties for 64 yards.

"Can't make those mistakes against good football teams on the road and expect to win," Pederson said during his press conference following the game. "You just can't do it and we did it again tonight."

The Eagles dropped to 10-2 on the season with both losses coming on the road. As with every loss, there were plays the team would like to have back.

Philadelphia missed out on a crucial fourth-down opportunity. Late in the third quarter, the offense went for it on fourth-and-3 near the Seattle 25-yard line but Wentz's pass to Kenjon Barner fell incomplete, which resulted in a turnover on downs.

Earlier in the third quarter, Pederson's challenge on the spot of a Torrey Smith catch was unsuccessful costing the Eagles their first timeout of the second half. Later in the fourth, the team elected not to challenge a lateral pass from quarterback Russell Wilson to Mike Davis on third-and-8 which resulted in a 17-yard pickup for a huge Seattle first down.

"Real-time it looked fine. It looked legit. We didn't get all the necessary looks and they hustled to the line," Pederson said. "At the same time it looked good and I trust the guys upstairs making those decisions and didn't challenge. I already challenged one in the half and lost that, so I didn't want to risk another timeout."

The Eagles will stay on the west coast for the second game of their three game road-trip. Up next are the Los Angeles Rams, a 9-3 team coming off a win against the Cardinals.

"Everything matters and particularly here down the stretch, and the beauty of the whole thing is it's still in our control. It's still in our control. Guys in that locker room are sick to their stomach obviously for the loss but at the same time, we have the same opportunity again against another playoff caliber football team next weekend. So we've just got to regroup, learn from our mistakes, and get ready for another great game this week."

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