PHILADELPHIA (Sporting Alert) — Defending champions Seattle Seahawks used its strong defense to stifle the Philadelphia Eagles’ offense as they continued their improving late season run with another victory in the NFL Week 14 fixture on Sunday.
The Seahawks (9-4) defense held the Eagles’ (9-4) powerful offense to 139 total yards on their way to a 24-14 victory at Lincoln Financial Field.
Russell Wilson went 22 for 37 for 263 yards and threw two touchdown passes.
The quarterback also had 10 carries for 48 yards and another score in the win for Seattle, who secured its third successive win and sixth in the last seven games.
“I think our identity is showing up and there’s a lot more to prove,” Wilson told reporters after the win.
“We’re high on confidence because of what we do on a daily basis.”
Mark Sanchez threw for 96 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the defeat for Philadelphia, which had its two game winning streak snapped.
Chip Kelly’s team was also dropping its first game at home this season.
“If you don’t get as many opportunities, you have to make the ones you get count and we didn’t do that,” Sanchez said.
“We expected to do a lot of things better.”
Next up for the Eagles is a clash with the Dallas Cowboys at home next Sunday. Philadelphia ran away 33-10 winners when the pair met on Thanksgiving Day.
The Seahawks, who improved to 4-3 on the road this season, will next host the San Francisco 49ers, a replay of the Thanksgiving fixture, which they won 19-3 on the road.
In the shocking result on the day, San Francisco (7-6) suffered a major setback in their push for a playoff place after the NFC West third-place team was beaten 24-13 by AFC West strugglers Raiders (2-11).
The win was the second of the season for Oakland, which also beat Kansas City Chiefs on Nov. 20.
Derek Carr passed for 254 yards and threw touchdown passes to Mychal Rivera, Marcel Reece and Donald Penn without an interception for the Raiders, which scored the final 14 points of the game to cut down a 13-10 deficit.
“We said last night in the meeting that somebody had to step up and make a couple of plays,” Oakland interim coach Tony Sparano told reporters after winning two of his three games in charge.
“Today I felt a bunch of guys stepped up.”
In other NFL Week 14 results, AFC West leaders Denver Broncos (10-3) picked up a 24-17 victory over the Buffalo Bills 24-17 for their third consecutive win.
However, Denver veteran quarterback Peyton Manning had his 51 game streak with at least one touchdown pass snapped after he failed to throw for a score and was intercepted twice.
But Manning didn’t seem too interested about losing the streak, noting that the victory was more important to him.
“I’m comfortable with winning,” he said. “That’s what I’m comfortable with.”
Running back C.J. Anderson ran for three touchdowns to lead the way for Denver, who again played without star tight end Julius Thomas, who continues to recover from an ankle injury.
“Today was tough and a struggle, but at the end the day we got the `W,’ and he’s proud about that and we’re proud about that,” Anderson said.
Elsewhere on Sunday, Ben Roethlisberger threw three touchdown passes, including a 94 yard pass to Martavis Bryant in the fourth quarter, and the Pittsburgh Steelers (8-5) hammered the Cincinnati Bengals (8-4), 42-21.
Le’Veon Bell also finished with three touchdowns as Pittsburgh (8-5) scored 25 unanswered points in the fourth quarter for the victory as things heated up in the AFC North.
“We have a great opportunity in front of us, so I’m going to embrace it,” Bell told reporters. “This is the part of the year where things get a little tight, they get more exciting.
“Everybody in the locker room is excited about this last couple of weeks.”
In Sunday Night Football action, the New England Patriots beat fellow AFC rivals San Diego Chargers 23-14.
Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes, including a 69-yarder to Julian Edelman with 8:41 left in the fourth quarter as the Patriots (10-3) rebounded from their 26-21 defeat to the Green Bay Packers last week.
At the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, quarterback Cam Newton threw three touchdowns passes to lead Carolina to a 41-10 victory over the Saints as Panthers tight end Brandon Williams was ejected for punching a player in an action packed first quarter.
NFL Week 14 Results and ESPN Box Scores
Thursday December 4
Dallas 41, Chicago 28 – Box Score
Sunday December 7
Denver 24, Buffalo 17 – Box Score
New England 23, San Diego 14 – Box Score
Seattle 24, Philadelphia 14 – Box Score
Indianapolis 25, Cleveland 24 – Box Score
Pittsburgh 42, Cincinnati 21 – Box Score
NY Giants 36, Tennessee 7 – Box Score
Carolina 41, New Orleans 10 – Box Score
St. Louis 24, Washington 0 – Box Score
Baltimore 28, Miami 13 – Box Score
Houston 27, Jacksonville 13 – Box Score
Arizona 17, Kansas City 14 – Box Score
Detroit 34, Tampa Bay 17 – Box Score
Oakland 24, San Francisco 13 – Box Score
Minnesota 30, NY Jets 24 (OT) – Box Score