Here is a four-down look at the Eagles' failure to score against Seattle after having a first-and-goal opportunity from the 1-yard line just before halftime:
Defensive tackle Brandon Mebane got underneath tackle William Thomas to create a pile of bodies on the left side, allowing linebackers Lofa Tatupu and Leroy Hill to get the penetration needed to stop Brian Westbrook for no gain.
A.J. Feeley made a bad throw behind tight end L.J. Smith in the back of the end zone. He also made a bad decision, because he had a much easier chance to score if he had gotten the ball to fullback Thomas Tapeh in the right flat.
Guard Shawn Andrews said he heard the Seahawks' defensive players calling the play before the ball was snapped, and Hill obviously knew Westbrook was going to go airborne in an attempt to score. Hill also took to the air and got a piece of Westbrook's leg at the 2. Linebacker Julian Peterson and defensive end Darryl Tapp teamed to stop Westbrook just shy of a TD.
Defensive tackle Rocky Bernard completed the goal-line stand for the Seahawks by getting underneath Jon Runyan and grabbing Westbrook for a 1-yard loss.
Andy Reid's decision to not take the three points before the half proved costly at the end of the game when the Eagles needed six points for a win instead of three.
Welcome to the weekly breakdown of Feeley's interceptions. We believe this is going to be the second and final installment this season:
The first of Tatupu's three interceptions came on the game's first offensive play, and it was an inexplicable gaffe. Not only was Tatupu running step for step with Smith, but the Seahawks also had coverage behind the Eagles tight end with safety Deon Grant.
Tatupu's second pick was equally unexplainable. On third and 6 from the Seattle 47, Feeley tried to throw to Greg Lewis, who was tightly covered by Tatupu and Hill. Tatupu did do a tremendous job of masking his coverage until just before Feeley released the ball.
Under pressure from Patrick Kerney late in the third quarter, Feeley made a bad decision and a weak throw, resulting in an easy interception by Peterson on a third-and-9 play.
The fourth and final pick was every bit as baffling as the first two to Tatupu. Reggie Brown was surrounded by three Seahawks, and Feeley threw a perfect strike to his favorite Seattle target, sealing the Eagles' defeat.
For the record, Westbrook was used as a blocker on the play, making the play call every bit as disturbing as the play.
While Tatupu caught everything thrown in his direction, Eagles linebacker Takeo Spikes continued to perform his hands-of-stone routine, an act we've seen before.
On the first play after Feeley's first interception, Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck tried to return the favor by throwing the football into Spikes' hands after it was deflected by middle linebacker Omar Gaither. Spikes actually took three steps with the ball before it slipped through his hands. Had he intercepted the pass, he certainly would have ended what became the Seahawks' first touchdown drive, and he had a path down the left sideline for at least a lengthy return and possibly six points.
Gaither had a chance for an interception early in the fourth quarter and, just like Spikes, whiffed.
- Bob Brookover