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Eagles-Seahawks snap counts: Josh McCown becomes oldest player in NFL history to make playoffs debut

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It’s time for a breakdown of the Philadelphia Eagles’ snap counts from their loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the wild card round of the 2020 NFL playoffs. It’s our final snap count breakdown until the Eagles’ first preseason game in August, a mere seven months away ...

OFFENSE

  • The Eagles’ starting offensive line configuration played the entire game. Matt Pryor got the nod at right guard while Halapoulivaati Vaitai filled in for Lane Johnson.
  • Dallas Goedert played the most snaps of any Eagles skill player. He led the team in receiving with eight targets for seven receptions and 73 yard. Goedert had 34 receptions for 391 yards and one touchdown in the final six games of the season. Strong finish.
  • Zach Ertz played most of the game despite suffering a lacerated kidney and cracked ribs just two weeks ago. Pretty tough dude. He had two receptions for 44 yards and his 32-yard reception was the Eagles’ longest play of the game.
  • At 40 years old, Josh McCown became the oldest player in NFL history to make his playoff debut. McCown put forth a respectable effort while filling in for Carson Wentz but sadly it just wasn’t enough. He finished the game 18/24 for 174 yards (7.3 average), 0 TD, 0 INT, 94.8 passer rating.
  • How about one last look at some depressing wide receiver stats? The Eagles’ wide receivers combined for four receptions for 29 yards. Pretty pathetic occurrence in the year 2020. By stark contrast, the Seahawks’ wide receivers combined for 13 receptions for 279 yards. Lol.
  • Robert Davis played 151 offensive snaps after being promoted from the practice squad in Week 15. He had one reception for six yards over four games.
  • JJ Arcega-Whiteside, who wasn’t listed on the injury report, was outsnapped by eight other skill position players. He finished his rookie season with 10 receptions for 169 yards and one touchdown in 498 offensive snaps played. Meanwhile, DK Metcalf had seven receptions for 160 yards and one touchdown against the Eagles in 58 snaps on Sunday evening.
  • Despite entering the game with an ankle injury, Miles Sanders led the way at running back. He had 17 total offensive touches for 75 yards from scrimmage.
  • Boston Scott was second in running back touches with nine for 48.
  • Carson Wentz only logged four pass attempts before having to leave the game with a concussion.
  • Shelton Gibson made an impact on his only two snaps played. McCown looked for Gibson deep on his first snap but settled for a 16-yard completion to Greg Ward over the middle. Gibson’s deep route drew two defenders to clear out space underneath. Gibson drew a 39-yard pass interference penalty on his second snap. Amazing how much the mere presence of a deep threat can help out. Really underscores how irresponsible it was for the Eagles to only rely on a 33-year-old DeSean Jackson to be that guy this season.

DEFENSE

  • Malcolm Jenkins still hasn’t missed a snap since the 2017 season. He showed up big in this game with a team-leading nine tackles, one crucial third down sack, one tackle for loss, and three quarterback hits.
  • Jalen Mills played the entire game after sitting out due to injury in Week 17. Avonte Maddox started opposite of Mills with Cre’Von LeBlanc playing in the slot.
  • Derek Barnett’s late hit on Russel Wilson wiped out 3rd-and-goal from the 10-yard line to give the Seahawks 1st-and-goal from the 5-yard line. The Seahawks then scored a touchdown instead of possibly having to settle for a field goal. Pretty costly.
  • Fletcher Cox was pretty beastly. He had six total tackles, three tackles for loss, one quarterback hit, and one forced fumble the Seahawks were very fortunate to fall on.
  • Brandon Graham’s playing time was limited due to a knee injury he suffered. He missed some snaps before later returning. Second week in a row this was the case.
  • For the second week in a row, Josh Sweat did not log a stat despite playing a rotational role. That gives him six games during the 2019 season where he didn’t log a single stat. He showed some promise at times but was clearly invisible in other moments.
  • Marcus Epps getting roasted by DK Metcalf on 3rd-and-10 ended the Eagles’ season. Sigh.

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • Rasul Douglas only played on special teams after starting last week.
  • Sidney Jones also didn’t see a single defensive snap. Kinda not great to be getting nothing out of a second-round pick and a third-round pick from two years ago in a big playoff game.

DID NOT PLAY

INACTIVE: Nelson Agholor, Lane Johnson, Nate Sudfeld, Elijah Holyfield, Genard Avery, Shareef Miller, Sua Opeta

ACTIVE: Jordan Howard

  • Agholor’s last game with the Eagles will be the team’s loss to the Dolphins.
  • The Eagles traded a 2021 fourth-round pick for Avery so he could play 33 defensive snaps over eight regular season games before being a healthy scratch in the playoffs. Great stuff! Between this and last year’s Golden Tate acquisition, Howie Roseman really killed the trade deadline the past two seasons. (This is sarcasm!)
  • Howard only played one snap in Week 17 before playing none in this game. He wasn’t listed on the injury report. Weird end to the season for him. Howard was a key part of the offense as the Eagles’ leading rusher heading into the bye. Then he suffered the first injury of his career that caused him to miss games and didn’t play in the second half of the season. Howard’s a free agent in March.