Seahawks' defense too fast for the fast-paced Eagles

PHILADELPHIA -- You can run the plays fast, but you can't hide, not from a defense as good as the Seattle Seahawks'.

The vaunted Philadelphia Eagles offense under coach Chip Kelly, the fast-paced, big-play unit that also has one of the best running backs in the NFL in LeSean McCoy, was no match for the Seattle defense Sunday in the 24-14 loss.

The Seahawks held the Eagles to only 139 yards of offense, their lowest total since Kelly became the coach last season. It also was the fewest yards the Seattle defense has allowed since the 2005 season.

The Eagles average almost 73 plays a game, but ran only 45 Sunday and were 2-for-11 on third down.

So how did the Seahawks do what no other team has done against the Eagles at home? What's the secret?

"I don't think there's any secret," Seattle middle linebacker Bobby Wagner said. "There was a lot of talk about their fast-paced offense, but it doesn't matter. No matter how fast they ran a play, we were just on it. We knew what plays were coming and it's a pretty basic offense. Their offense is kind of predictable. They have a lot of plays where they can only run one way. We were ready for everything they had."

Philadelphia quarterback Mark Sanchez had only two completions of more than five yards past the line of scrimmage.

Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett, who had a sack and another tackle for a loss Sunday, was asked what he saw from Sanchez.

"Same thing that everybody else saw -- not much," Bennett said. "I don't really care for that guy, but he played decent. But we shut down McCoy and that was pretty much the game."

McCoy, who entered the game with 1,018 yard rushing this season, was held to 50 yards on 17 carries.

"We were just being physical and penetrating our gaps," Seattle defensive end Cliff Avril said. "We were making McCoy make more cuts than usual. We slowed him down, put the ball in the quarterback's hand and put pressure on him as much as possible."

The Eagles were averaging 15.7 plays per game of more than 10 yards, but had only four plays of more than 10 yards Sunday. Only the Jets had fewer 10-yard plays in a game this season with three.

"It comes down to matchups," Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman. "Earlier in the week, everybody brushed me off when I said they had to deal with us just like we have to deal with them. You can hurry up all you want, but if you can't complete passes, it's just quick three-and outs. That's what we were able to do."

At one point in the game when the crowd was booing, Sherman stood near the sideline and signaled with his hands for them to boo more. He also had a few words with Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin, who had only three catches for 21 yards, but one was a touchdown.

"He was complaining a little bit," Sherman said of Maclin. "He's a good competitor and it was fun. You enjoy the hostility. It kind of motivates you. They have great fans and they're passionate. You appreciate that."

Sherman said he felt in control of the game from start to finish.

"This is one of our better games," he said. "You saw it. If you can be ready when they're ready, see your indicators and understand their play concepts, you can get them off the field."

Bennett was asked how it felt to win against such a high-powered offense that was averaging 35 points per game at home.

"Every win feels exactly the same, like the first time I kissed my wife," he said. "It always feels good."