The Seattle Seahawks hosted the NFC-leading Philadelphia Eagles Sunday night (Dec. 3). It was a battle between two playoff-hopefuls and the Seahawks really made a statement to the rest of the league. Rather than the game becoming a competitive shootout, the Seahawks took control early on and then never let up the gas as they cruised to victory.

With this win, the Seahawks are now 8-4 on the season and the owners of a playoff spot in the updated NFL standings. The Eagles drop to 10-2, but still remain first place in the NFC East standings. The win by the Seahawks was important, as it kept the team within one game of the first-place Los Angeles Rams in the NFC West.

It definitely sets the stage for a really important head-to-head game later in December.

Russell Wilson leads the way

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson just led the team to a third victory this season over a division-leader in the NFC. In addition to the NFC East-leading Philadelphia Eagles, the Seahawks also beat the NFC West-leading Los Angeles Rams and NFC North-leading Minnesota Vikings (in the preseason). That’s a very impressive resume for the Seahawks and certainly proof that the team has earned a spot in the postseason.

As for the stats in the 24-10 win over the Eagles, Wilson completed 20-of-31 passes for 227 yards and three touchdowns. He came through in big moments to beat Carson Wentz, who completed 29-of-45 passes for 348 yards and a touchdown, but Wentz also threw a costly interception and fumbled the ball away on another possession.

The running games for both teams were limited in what they could do, but Mike Davis ended with 64 rushing yards and Wilson added another 31 on the ground to help spread the ball around.

Seahawks flying high again

It was just two weeks ago when the Seahawks lost to the Atlanta Falcons and kicker Blair Walsh missed two field goals that likely made a huge difference in how the game ended.

The Seahawks have bounced back with two decisive wins since then, keeping pace with the Rams, but also moving up in the NFC playoff standings. Now the team holds a Wild Card spot, with a chance to still move up in the standings.

The Seattle Seahawks have four games left in their regular-season schedule, beginning in Week 14 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

That could be a tough road game for the Seahawks, as it is on the east coast, but it is also right before the Seahawks host the Rams in Week 15. The Seahawks beat the Rams in the first game between the two teams this season, but first place in the NFC West could be on the line with the rematch.