The prevailing cause the Eagles have been even enjoying on Sunday — why they gained their final 4 video games, why they clinched the N.F.C. East title, why they hosted a playoff sport — clashed with what has turn out to be their customary working process come January: Their quarterback was wholesome.
Instead of beginning a backup quarterback, the Eagles fielded a backup offense. But no less than that they had Wentz, who, after watching the final two postseasons unspool with out him, molded misfits and castoffs right into a functioning unit.
Wentz had waited 4 seasons for his playoff debut. It lasted two drives. Once he departed, the Seahawks’ benefit at quarterback widened. Wilson dipped and darted, extending performs along with his legs — he led Seattle with 45 speeding yards — earlier than tormenting the Eagles along with his proper arm.
The Seahawks outlasted the fourth-seeded Eagles — by the similar rating, with the similar end result, as in the groups’ November assembly at Lincoln Financial Field, — by twice stopping Philadelphia deep of their territory in the fourth quarter. On the first, Miles Sanders couldn’t corral a low go from Wentz’s alternative, Josh McCown. On the second, with slightly below two minutes remaining, McCown was sacked at the Seattle 10-yard line by Jadeveon Clowney, whose unpenalized helmet-to-helmet hit had knocked Wentz from the sport in the first quarter.
“I was trying to get him down,” Clowney stated of the hit on Wentz. “It was a bang-bang play. I don’t intend to hurt nobody in this league, let me just put that out there.”
Speaking to a pool reporter afterward, the referee, Shawn Smith, defined the no-call. “He was a runner and he did not give himself up,” Smith stated of Wentz. “We saw incidental helmet contact, and in our judgment, we didn’t rule that to be a foul.”
Regardless of his intent, Clowney stated he acknowledged how pivotal Wentz’s absence was.
“When you’ve got to play the backup quarterback,” Clowney stated, “there’s only so many plays that they can run.”