Updated: 6:32 p.m.

Carson Wentz’s first career playoff game did not last long.

The franchise quarterback has been ruled out with a head injury for the rest of Sunday night’s game against the Seahawks.

Wentz was hurt during the first quarter. He spent a brief time in the blue medical tent before walking to the locker room. He lasted just eight snaps. 

This hit from Clowney came on the tail end of a one-yard sack from Bradley McDougald at the 9:41 mark of the first quarter. It was the first play of the second offensive series for the Eagles. Clowney was not penalized (see story). Wentz played four more snaps before exiting the game. 

Veteran backup Josh McCown took over for Wentz.

Wentz has had to watch the last two playoff runs after suffering a torn ACL in 2017 and a stress fracture in his back in 2018. 

McCown, 40, had never played in a playoff game before today. He’s the oldest QB ever to make his NFL playoff debut.

Brandon Graham (knee) was also injured in the first half but returned in the second half.

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Seahawks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was not penalized for a helmet-to-helmet hit that knocked Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz out of Sunday’s playoff game because the contact was deemed “incidental.” 

On the play, Wentz was on his way to the ground when the crown of Clowney’s helmet made contact with the back of Wentz’s helmet. 

Here was referee Shawn Smith’s explanation, per a pool report: 

He was a runner and he did not give himself up. We saw incidental helmet contact, and in our judgement, we didn’t rule that to be a foul.

Smith, when asked by a pool reporter, said he had not seen a replay of the play after the game. 

“No, just based on what we saw on the field, we didn’t deem it to be a foul,” Smith said.  

“From what we saw on the field,” Smith said, “it was incidental.” 

The play from Clowney might not have been dirty but it probably should have warranted a penalty flag. We’ll find out later this week if Clowney is fined for the hit. 

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Josh McCown became the guy for the city of Philadelphia on Sunday night.

Once Carson Wentz was forced to leave the game after a seemingly dirty hit by Jadeveon Clowney, it was McCown’s chance to step in and step up. The 40-year-old NFL journeyman performed admirably and was a Miles Sanders catch away from potentially seeing overtime (see 10 observations).

But the magic was not as special this season for the Eagles. McCown got sacked on the Birds’ final offensive play of the season and the defense subsequently allowed a first down. The season was over.

The emotions were just beginning to flow.

Cameras caught McCown and Zach Ertz embracing on the field after the final whistle, the emotions on their face were real, as were the tears. The two walked to the locker room together where McCown needed a moment.

No shame in McCown’s game tonight. The veteran gave this battered team a chance but it simply couldn’t overcome the crazy amounts of bad luck this team has faced. Head up, vet. It was a tough effort.

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