Final

Eagles 27

(10-3, 4-2 away)

Seahawks 20

(4-9, 2-5 home)

Coverage: FOX

4:05 PM ET, December 8, 2002

 

1 2 3 4 T
PHI 7 13 7 027
SEA 6 0 7 720

Staley, defense lift Eagles again

SEATTLE (AP) -- A.J. Feeley was good enough at quarterback, and the Philadelphia defense turned in another solid effort.

Allen's Analysis
Eric Allen
Question on the Eagles: Considering the circumstances, are they playing the best of anyone right now?
Well, the Bucs and Raiders are playing well, too. But the Eagles, minus Donovan McNabb, are surprising lots of people. Coach Andy Reid and his staff are doing a fantastic job. The Eagles' defense is showing that the Eagles aren't a one-man show.

Question on the Seahawks: Should Mike Holmgren accept less responsibility and stay as coach or does he (and the team) need a change?
They have too many deficiencies on both sides of the ball, and Holmgren the GM is as responsible as Holmgren the coach for the team's troubles. I wouldn't be shocked to see a total change in Seattle. But I could also see Holmgren turning things around if he can upgrade his personnel to fit his system.

Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.

Duce Staley ran for 100 yards and Feeley, the third-stringer, threw for 190 yards and two touchdowns as the Eagles intercepted Matt Hasselbeck three times to beat the Seattle Seahawks 27-20 Sunday.

"We played a solid game,'' Philadelphia linebacker Levon Kirkland said. "A lot of people counted us out when Donovan McNabb went down, but this team has proven we can win without him if we need to.''

Feeley's 20-yard touchdown pass to Todd Pinkston early in the third quarter gave Philadelphia a 27-6 lead, and the Eagles (10-3) held on for their fourth straight victory and seventh in the last eight games.

They're 3-0 without McNabb, the starting quarterback who has a broken right ankle.

"It just goes to show we're not a one-man team,'' Feeley said.

The Seahawks (4-9) trimmed it to 27-20 on Hasselbeck's 11-yard pass to Jerramy Stevens with 45 seconds to play, but the Eagles recovered Seattle's onside kick and ran out the clock.

Seattle outgained Philadelphia 367-316, but that was aided by a late push. Hasselbeck threw for two TDs in the last 17 minutes, and for the second straight week the Seahawks made things interesting.

"We can't finish a game. Why is that?'' Seattle defensive tackle Chad Eaton said. "We've had two games coming down to an onside kick, which means we're getting better every single game. We just don't win.''

Philadelphia must wait at least one more week to clinch its second straight NFC East title.

After career-high passing days over the last two weeks, including a 427-yard performance last week at San Francisco, Hasselbeck completed 24 of 45 passes for 223 yards with two TDs against the NFL's No. 3 defense.

"We had opportunities in the red zone to come away with touchdowns,'' Hasselbeck said. "They were good drives but we came away with field goals. I had some interceptions that didn't help.''

Shaun Alexander had 123 yards rushing on 17 carries, the first time in his seven 100-yard rushing days that the Seahawks have lost.

"I thought I would get 100 yards, and I thought we were going to win,'' Alexander said. "I thought we were going to shock everybody.''

Seattle pulled to 27-13 on Hasselbeck's 8-yard TD pass to Koren Robinson with 2:04 remaining in the third quarter. The Seahawks forced a punt, and Alexander broke a 58-yard run on the final play of the third quarter.

That moved the ball to the 23-yard line, but Seattle couldn't score. Coach Mike Holmgren went for it on fourth-and-2 at the 15, and Hasselbeck's throw to tight end Jerramy Stevens was off the mark.

"I know he got held,'' Hasselbeck said. "That's not even open to discussion.''

The play was designed for Darrell Jackson, who couldn't break from double coverage. Stevens wasn't close enough to make a play, and Holmgren made a lengthy protest to the officials afterward, saying later that Stevens was "mauled.''

"I don't think we won the battle of the officials' hearts today. Let's put it that way,'' Holmgren said.

Eagles cornerback Bobby Taylor had two interceptions, diving for one in the second period. That led to a 21-yard TD run by Staley, who broke through the left side and cut back into the end zone for a 14-6 lead.

Feeley had a respectable day, completing 21 of 35 passes for 190 yards with one interception. He made his second straight start after McNabb broke his ankle and second-stringer Koy Detmer dislocated his elbow.

"I feel good about A.J. He stepped right in, and now he's rolling,'' Staley said.

Game notes


Taylor didn't play in the second half after a concussion on his second interception. RB Brian Westbrook didn't return after a low ankle sprain late in the first half. X-rays were negative. ... Seahawks DE Anton Palepoi was helped off five minutes before halftime with a left ankle sprain. ... Tim Hasselbeck, younger brother of Seattle's starting QB, was signed last week and held on field goals and PATs. ... The Eagles went 4-0 against teams from the NFC West this season. ... McNabb plans to consult Monday with a specialist in Houston about his injury. ... The Eagles started four drives inside Seattle territory through three quarters.

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Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERPHISEA
phiTD9:03Duce Staley, 21 yd run
Drive info: 2 plays, 37 yds, 0:58
136
phi8:59
Drive info: 2 plays, 37 yds, 0:58
146
THIRD QUARTERPHISEA
phiTD10:31Touchdown
Drive info: 5 plays, 39 yds, 0:34
266
phi9:51
Drive info: 5 plays, 39 yds, 0:34
276
FIRST QUARTERPHISEA
seaFG4:57Rian Lindell 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 24 yds, 2:19
06
SECOND QUARTERPHISEA
phiFG4:03David Akers 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 34 yds, 2:26
176
phiFG0:11David Akers 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 37 yds, 0:52
206
THIRD QUARTERPHISEA
seaTD2:08Touchdown
Drive info: 9 plays, 74 yds, 3:59
2712
FIRST QUARTERPHISEA
seaFG10:03Rian Lindell 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 55 yds, 5:31
03
phiTD0:22Touchdown
Drive info: 9 plays, 55 yds, 5:04
66
THIRD QUARTERPHISEA
sea2:04
Drive info: 9 plays, 74 yds, 3:59
2713
FIRST QUARTERPHISEA
phi0:13
Drive info: 9 plays, 55 yds, 5:04
76
FOURTH QUARTERPHISEA
seaTD0:49Touchdown
Drive info: 9 plays, 79 yds, 1:49
2719
sea0:45
Drive info: 9 plays, 79 yds, 1:49
2720