Tatupu's 3 interceptions help Hawks beat Eagles
Lofa Tatupu set up Seattle's first two touchdowns by intercepting A.J. Feeley twice in the first quarter, and he sealed a 28-24 victory with another pick at the Seahawks 4 in the final minute.
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PHILADELPHIA -- Lofa Tatupu set up Seattle's first two touchdowns by intercepting A.J. Feeley twice in the first quarter, and he sealed a 28-24 victory with another pick at the Seahawks 4 in the final minute today.
Maurice Morris had a 45-yard touchdown run, Matt Hasselbeck threw for two scores and Shaun Alexander had 65 yards rushing and one TD after missing three games with a sprained knee.
The NFC West-leading Seahawks improved to 8-4. Philadelphia fell to 5-7 and its playoff hopes are in jeopardy.
Playing their second straight game without injured quarterback Donovan McNabb, the Eagles didn't have problems moving the ball on a cold, rainy day. But Feeley's interceptions cost Philadelphia again.
McNabb hasn't played since spraining his right ankle and injuring his thumb in a win over Miami two weeks ago. Led by Jeff Garcia, the Eagles went 5-1 and won the NFC East after McNabb went down with a knee injury last year. But Philly is 0-2 without its five-time Pro Bowl quarterback this season.
Brian Westbrook's 64-yard punt return put the ball at Seattle's 14 with under two minutes left, but Feeley threw his fourth interception on third down. He finished 19-for-42 for 220 yards.
Feeley had career bests in completions (27) and yards passing (345) and threw three TDs in a 31-28 loss at New England last Sunday. He also had three interceptions, including one that was returned for a score.
The backup picked up where he left off against the Patriots by tossing his third straight interception on the first play from scrimmage. Tatupu returned it 33 yards to the Eagles 18, and Seattle went ahead 7-0 when Alexander ran in from the 2.
After Westbrook's 29-yard TD run in the third quarter gave the Eagles their first lead, Morris put Seattle ahead to stay. Morris took a pitch, ran untouched into the secondary, juked past a tackler and scampered into the end zone.
Feeley already has thrown two more interceptions than McNabb in just 21/2 games. His seventh pick came on his 93rd pass of the season. McNabb has been intercepted just six times in 326 attempts.
The Eagles are in danger of missing the playoffs for the second time in three years after making four straight appearances in the NFC championship game.
Correll Buckhalter burst up the middle for a 30-yard TD run to tie it at 7 early. Later in the first quarter, Tatupu returned his second pick 49 yards to the Eagles 8. Hasselbeck fired a 12-yard TD pass over the middle to Bobby Engram on third down to put the Seahawks ahead 14-7.
Tatupu had one of three defensive touchdowns in Seattle's 42-0 victory in Philadelphia on Dec. 5, 2005. Mike McMahon started that game for McNabb, who was out with a sports hernia.
After David Akers' 31-yard field goal cut it to 14-10, the Seahawks extended their lead on Nate Burleson's 43-yard catch-and-run TD. Burleson, who returned a punt 36 yards on the previous play, eluded Lito Sheppard with a nice move at the 20 and ran down the right sideline.
Feeley connected with Kevin Curtis on a 24-yard TD pass to pull Philadelphia within 21-17.
The Seahawks preserved that lead with a strong goal-line stand at the end of the first half. The Eagles had a first down at the 1, but didn't gain a yard on two runs by Westbrook and a pass. On fourth down, Rocky Bernard pushed through and stopped Westbrook for no gain.
Josh Brown missed a 40-yarder wide left in the second quarter. Akers was wide right on a 48-yard try in the third.
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