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Seattle Seahawks' Byron Maxwell (41) intercepts a pass intended for Philadelphia Eagles' Nelson Agholor in the end zone during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

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SEATTLE — The Philadelphia Eagles came up short for the first time in nearly three months Sunday night.

Their nine-game winning streak ended with a 24-10 loss to Seattle at CenturyLink Field.

It was the Eagles' first defeat since a 27-20 setback at Kansas City on Sept. 17.

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As a result, the Eagles (10-2) are now tied with Minnesota (10-2) for the best record in the NFC with four regular-season games remaining.

"The beauty of this whole thing is that everything is still under our control," Eagles coach Doug Pederson said. "It's all on us."

The offense, defense and coaching staff shared the blame.

An offense that scored almost at will in the first 11 games — the Eagles had scored at least 20 points in every game and had topped the 30-point mark in the last five — came up empty against the Seahawks.

Their only touchdown came in the fourth quarter, when Carson Wentz hit wide receiver Nelson Agholor for a 27-yard TD. Wentz finished 29 for 45 for 348 yards with a TD and an interception by former Eagles cornerback Byron Maxwell.

Wentz also committed another costly turnover when he fumbled at the 1-yard line as he was heading for a touchdown in the third quarter. The ball trickled through the back of the end zone for a touchback.

"I saw the end zone, made that extra lunge, and it cost me," Wentz said. "Turnovers and mistakes are something that just can't happen when you're on the road, in this atmosphere, against a great team like that."

An aggressive defense failed to contain Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. He completed 20 of 31 passes for 227 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions and added 31 yards rushing.

Most of his success came on improvised plays. When the Eagles did create pressure, he repeatedly found an escape route and frequently turned potentially disastrous situations into big plays.

"It's December, and it's time to be great," Wilson said. "That's what championship football teams do."

Pederson and defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz both struggled on the sideline. Pederson failed to challenge a questionable lateral by Wilson to running back Mike Davis that led to Seattle's final touchdown.

Three plays after that 23-yard gain, Wilson found running back J.D. McKissic for a 15-yard TD that gave the Seahawks a 14-point lead with 7 minutes, 29 seconds left.

"From my view, (the lateral) looked legit," Pederson said. "I trust the (assistant coaches) upstairs to make the right decisions (concerning whether to challenge questionable plays). Plus, I had already lost one challenge and didn't want lose another timeout in that situation."

Schwartz's decision to blitz Wilson led to another Seahawks TD.

Schwartz dialed one up on a third-and-10 play, but no one got to Wilson. Wide receiver Doug Baldwin was all alone deep downfield and Wilson hit him for a 47-yard gain that led to a 1-yard TD pass to wide receiver Tyler Lockett.

"It's really tough to play against a quarterback like that," Eagles safety Rodney McLeod said. "You can be covering your butts off, but then it turns into backyard football. That's what makes (Wilson) so special."

The Eagles' mettle now will be tested for the first time this season.

They left Sunday night for Los Angeles, where they will practice for the week before taking on the Rams (9-3) at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum next Sunday.

"We'll be fine," Wentz said. "We're frustrated about this loss, but I know we'll be fine."

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