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Spadaro: 10 takeaways from a tough loss in Seattle

Jalen Carter
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In shocking fashion, the Eagles lost their third straight game, falling 20-17 to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night. Philadelphia held the lead for much of the contest, scoring on its first possession, leading for the first time at halftime in seven games, and then having it all end the wrong way when Seattle drove 92 yards with less than two minutes to play and scored on a Drew Lock 29-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba with 28 seconds remaining.

The Eagles, simply, didn't close. They are now 10-4 and return to Lincoln Financial Field for games against the Giants and Cardinals before finishing the regular season at the Giants.

Here are some takeaways from the tough, tough loss ...

1. Ten plays, 92 yards. That was the touchdown drive that gave Seattle the win. Quarterback Drew Lock completed 3 passes to wide receiver DK Metcalf for 58 yards, one a 34-yard gain on a third-and-10 play. On the second third down of the drive, third-and-10 from the Philadelphia 29-yard line, Lock dropped a dime to rookie wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba in the right corner of the end zone for the winning touchdown. Stunning ending.

2. Metcalf had only two receptions and three targets prior to that drive. Crazy.

3. The game sure started the right way. The Eagles put it all together on their opening drive and really got the running game going. Philadelphia gained 36 yards on 10 carries and in the red zone the running game really shined with 17 yards gained, including a 3-yard run by quarterback Jalen Hurts to reach the end zone. Hurts completed all 5 of his passes on the 15-play, 75-yard drive. Combined with a three-and-out series from the defense, hey, that's complementary football at its finest.

4. Both of the Eagles' scoring drives in the first half were impressive – a 15-play touchdown drive and then a 16-play field goal drive, the first time in 45 seasons the Eagles put together drives of 15-plus plays in a single half. Great mix of run and pass – the Eagles gained 90 ground yards in the first half, led by D'Andre Swift's 36 yards on 10 carries. And then Philadelphia drove 75 yards on 12 plays on its first possession of the second half to score a touchdown. Long drives, good mix, moving the ball around.

5. However, Philadelphia gained just six first downs on its other seven drives. And in the fourth quarter, the Eagles had three possessions, gained 75 yards, and Hurts threw two interceptions.

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6. Rookie Kelee Ringo started with Darius Slay sidelined and Ringo did an excellent job with three tackles and a pass defensed. He was physical, he was composed, and he used excellent technique.

7. Great answer from the offense after Seattle tied the game at 10-10 in the third quarter. The Eagles drove 75 yards on 12 plays, ending the drive with a Hurts 1-yard Brotherly Shove touchdown. It was Hurts' 14th rushing touchdown of the season, setting a franchise QB record and tying the all-time single-season NFL QB record (Cam Newton).

8. After allowing 10 straight touchdowns in the red zone, the Eagles had two stops in this game with Matt Patricia calling the defensive signals.

9. Defensive tackle Jalen Carter is so dominating when he is in one-on-one blocking situations. He showed it in the fourth quarter by swatting aside right guard Anthony Bradford and decking quarterback Drew Lock to end Seattle's drive in the red zone and, as a bonus in a roundabout way, had Seattle use its second timeout of the half. During that timeout, the Eagles were able to challenge the ruling on the field of an incomplete pass and Carter was credited with his fifth sack of the season.

10. Game ball shoutout for Swift, who ran hard and was elusive and had power, gaining 74 rushing yards on 18 carries. He looked terrific as the Eagles had 178 rushing yards on 38 carries.

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