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Eagles Fall Short in 28-24 Home Loss to Hawks

Seattle Seahawks' Deon Grant, left, tips the ball away from Philadelphia Eagles' Greg Lewis during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007, in Philadelphia. The Seahawks won 28-24.

No matter what position you play on defense, if you intercept three passes in one game, you’ve played a heck of a game. But it isn’t every day that a linebacker is the responsible party. Seattle Seahawks linebacker Lofa Tatupu had that distinction Sunday afternoon; he intercepted 3 passes thrown by Philadelphia Eagles quarterback A.J. Feeley – 2 of them in the first quarter – which proved to be key as the Seahawks defeated the Eagles 28-24 at Philadelphia.

Feeley started the game by throwing an interception to the aforementioned Tatupu, who would run it back 33 yards to the Eagles 18-yard line. Seattle would draw first blood at 7-0 on a 2-yard touchdown run by running back Shaun Alexander. Philadelphia running back Correll Buckhalter would rush up the middle for a 30-yard TD run, knotting the score at 7. Seattle QB Matt Hasselbeck would throw a 12-yard TD pass to wide receiver Bobby Engram, increasing the Seahawks lead to 14-7 – all of this scoring took place in the first quarter.

After Eagles kicker David Akers kicked a 31-yard field goal, making the margin 14-10 Seattle which capped all of the 1st quarter scoring. Seattle in the second quarter would extend their lead to 21-10 on a 43-yard, Hasselbeck-to-Nate Burleson TD pass. Feeley would respond with a 24-yard TD pass to WR Kevin Curtis, narrowing the score to 21-17. The 3rd quarter scoring consisted of matching TD runs, the first a 29-yard run by Eagles RB Brian Westbrook, making the score, giving Philadelphia a brief 24-21 lead. Seattle would come back with a 45-yard touchdown run by RB Maurice Morris, giving the Seahawks a 28-24 lead.

With less than 2 minutes left in the game, the Eagles’ Westbrook had a 64-yard punt return, taking the ball to the Seattle 14. But on 3rd down, Feeley would throw an interception – his 4th of the game – sealing the win for Seattle. Seattle’s Hasselbeck had an OK outing, going 19-of-34 for 187 yards with 2 TD’s and an INT. Alexander and Morris had almost identical rushing stats; Alexander rushed for 65 and a TD, while Morris ran for 64 and a score. Seattle’s receiving corps was led by Burleson with 4 receptions for 71 yards and a TD, while Engram chipped in with 5 catches for 60 yards and a score.

The Eagles’ Feeley, as you could imagine, stunk up the joint. He went 19-of-42 for 220 yards and a TD, but also threw 4 INT’s. RB Brian Westbrook had a decent outing, rushing for 93 yards and a TD, while catching 7 balls for 46 yards. Buckhalter added 37 rushing yards and a score. Curtis led all Eagles receivers with 6 catches for 111 yards and a score. Seattle (8-4) return home to Quest Field as they will host the Arizona Cardinals in a key divisional matchup next Sunday afternoon, while Philadelphia (5-7) look to cling to their already paper-thin wild-card aspirations as they host the New York Giants, also next Sunday.

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