Russell Wilson-DK Metcalf connection sends Seahawks to Green Bay

PHILADELPHIA -- You can't quite call it a coming-out party for DK Metcalf. After all, he finished the regular season with 900 receiving yards -- third among rookie receivers -- and seven touchdowns on 58 catches.

Whatever you want to call it, Metcalf's performance against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night was good enough to get the Seattle Seahawks into the divisional round for a matchup at the Green Bay Packers on a night when didn't have much in the way of a running game.

Russell Wilson found Metcalf seven times for 160 yards and a touchdown in the Seahawks' 17-9 win over the Eagles. It's the most receiving yards by a rookie in a playoff game in the Super Bowl era.

The Seahawks will need that connection to keep rolling next Sunday at Lambeau Field, where they haven't won a regular-season or playoff game since 1999.

Describe the game in two words: Good enough. That's how you could describe most Seahawks wins after they tied the NFL record with 10 single-score victories during the regular season. The Seahawks struggled to put away a team with a 40-year-old backup quarterback and continued to shoot themselves in the foot with pre-snap penalties, including more delay-of-game infractions like the one that cost them last week against the 49ers. But they were good enough.

QB breakdown: The Seahawks' 2018 season ended with a wild-card loss at Dallas when they continued to run the ball even though their ground game was going nowhere. They struggled to run the ball in this one but put the game in Wilson's hands much more than they did against the Cowboys last year. He went 18-of-30 for 325 yards, the TD to Metcalf and no interceptions. Wilson had 45 of the team's 64 rushing yards, with 18 of them coming on a critical and improbable third-and-15 conversion late in the game. Seattle averaged only 2.5 yards per carry as a team.

Promising trend: Seattle's defense has been materially better this season with free safety Quandre Diggs on the field. Just look at their opponents' passer rating and yards per play with Diggs on the field (77.1, 5.40) compared to when he's been off the field (89.2, 6.29). That trend continued in Diggs' return from a high-ankle sprain that sidelined him the past two-plus games. The Seahawks will have a hard time against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers because of their defensive limitations elsewhere, but they're much better equipped to win that game with Diggs manning the back end as opposed to Lano Hill.

Not quite buying that Seattle's pass-rush has suddenly arrived: The Seahawks' seven sacks against Philadelphia were two more than they had in any regular-season game. The biggest one came from Jadeveon Clowney on a fourth-down play in the fourth quarter. That total comes with a caveat: A few of them came on scrambles on which Josh McCown was dropped shy of the line of scrimmage. And the Eagles were missing their starters at right guard and right tackle. But a sack is a sack, especially for a defense that got only 28 of them in the regular season. That was tied for the second-fewest in the NFL.