By Andrew Porter

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It was supposed to be the day the Eagles made a statement. The day the Eagles solidified themselves as a Super Bowl contender and a powerhouse in the NFC.

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It never happened.

The Seahawks manhandled the Eagles, limiting them to only 139 yards of total offense en route to a 24-14 win at Lincoln Financial Field. It was cold, miserable Sunday in South Philadelphia.

Duds

 

3. LeSean McCoy

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 07:  LeSean McCoy #25 of the Philadelphia Eagles fumbles the ball and it is recovered by K.J. Wright #50 of the Seattle Seahawks during the third quarter of the game at Lincoln Financial Field on December 7, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA, PA – DECEMBER 07: LeSean McCoy #25 of the Philadelphia Eagles fumbles the ball and it is recovered by K.J. Wright #50 of the Seattle Seahawks during the third quarter of the game at Lincoln Financial Field on December 7, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Shady just never got going all day, running for just 50 yards on 17 carries (2.9 yards per carry). More significant, however, was his second-half opening carry which resulted in a McCoy fumble giving the Seahawks the ball on the Eagles’ 20-yard line. Seattle capitalized on the turnover and the Eagles never recovered.

2. Malcolm Jenkins

HILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 07:  Doug Baldwin #89 of the Seattle Seahawks makes a touchdown against Malcolm Jenkins #27 of the Philadelphia Eagles during the third quarter of the game at Lincoln Financial Field on December 7, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

HILADELPHIA, PA – DECEMBER 07: Doug Baldwin #89 of the Seattle Seahawks makes a touchdown against Malcolm Jenkins #27 of the Philadelphia Eagles during the third quarter of the game at Lincoln Financial Field on December 7, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Jenkins was beat all over the field, primarily by Doug Baldwin, who finished the game with five catches for 97 yards and a touchdown. It was Jenkins’ worst game as an Eagle.

1. Mark Sanchez

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 07:  Quarterback  Mark Sanchez #3 of the Philadelphia Eagles reacts during the second half of the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Lincoln Financial Field on December 7, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Seahawks won 24-14.  (Photo by Evan Habeeb/Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA, PA – DECEMBER 07: Quarterback Mark Sanchez #3 of the Philadelphia Eagles reacts during the second half of the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Lincoln Financial Field on December 7, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Seahawks won 24-14. (Photo by Evan Habeeb/Getty Images)

Ten completions on 20 pass attempts for 96 yards. More than the numbers though, Sanchez seemed extremely limited against an elite Seattle defense. So, let the quarterback controversy begin…again.

 

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Studs

 

3. Cedric Thorton

The Eagles “front” continues to dominate and prove itself as elite. Cedric Thorton doesn’t put up the gaudy numbers, but continues to be impressive for the Birds. He deserves some recognition.

Ps. He doesn’t have a photo on Getty Images I can use!

2. Fletcher Cox

Like Thorton, Cox’s numbers are relatively tame, but you can make the case Cox has been the Eagles’ most valuable player. That’s how good he has been this season, a sure-fire Pro Bowl defensive lineman. Cox was brilliant on Sunday once again, accumulating a season high 11 total tackles.

Pps. Cox doesn’t have a photo from the Seahawks game either, on Getty Images!

1. Mychal Kendricks

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 07:  Quarterback  Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks is tackled by  Mychal Kendricks #95 and  Connor Barwin #98 of the Philadelphia Eagles in the first half of the game at Lincoln Financial Field on December 7, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA, PA – DECEMBER 07: Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks is tackled by Mychal Kendricks #95 and Connor Barwin #98 of the Philadelphia Eagles in the first half of the game at Lincoln Financial Field on December 7, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

I thought this was Kendricks’ best game of his career. The dude was flying all over the place, trying to track down the NFL’s most elusive quarterback in Russell Wilson. Kendricks finished with 11 total tackles and a forced fumble, but the stats don’t even tell the whole story. He had a major positive impact on the game, and the biggest part of the Eagles’ success on defense.

 

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