With the game on the line, Seahawks safety Julian Love had a pretty good idea where the ball was heading.
So by the time Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts wound up to launch a deep pass toward Pro-Bowl receiver A.J. Brown down the right sideline, Love was already breaking from the middle of the field towards Brown. And as the ball arrived, with Tre Brown already in good coverage on Brown, Love came flying into the scene to snag an interception that clinched a Seahawks 20-17 victory.
"I just had a good feeling that they were going to go to number 11," Love said. "A.J. Brown is a real deal receiver, and I was honestly watching him that entire play. I was in the post, I saw the double move, and I just took off. I saw the ball floating, and I must be living right, because I got my feet in, thankfully."
It was Love's second interception of the game and fourth this season, and those two fourth-quarter picks, along with his eight tackles, helped Love earn NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for Week 15.
"He was huge for us tonight," said defensive end Leonard Williams, who was teammates with Love for the past four seasons with the Giants. "I've played with him since he was a rookie and I'm still with him now. For me, being an older guy and seeing him develop as a player has been amazing. Getting the ball out on that last play was crazy. I was probably the biggest fan of Julian tonight. I think he takes a sense of pride in special teams as well, that's big time."
It's the first Player of the Week honor for Love in his five-year career, and he is the fourth Seahawk to be named Player of the Week this season, joining running back Kennet Walker III (Week 3), cornerback Devon Witherspoon (Week 4) and kicker Jason Myers (Week 10).
For Love, Monday's big game was just the continuation of a strong first season in Seattle, and it was his second game in a row with two takeaways, having recorded an interception and a forced fumble in last week's loss to the 49ers.
"Julian Love's game, tagging onto what he did last week, this week incredible game, incredible plays," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. "The last catch is exquisite on the sidelines. Toes tapping, hanging onto the football, winning the game… That's four turnovers he's been involved in in the last two weeks. Holy cow. Holy cow.
"He did an incredible job of playing. He had some other tackles up by the line of scrimmage. Both those catches were challenging, difficult plays. He made them look easy. Again, here is another kid that was so comfortable with that moment. He would go out and make another one if you gave him a chance. He just was not moved by it, beyond total poise and composure and all. Really impressive."
And for Love, two interceptions and Player of the Week honors are just the beginning of what is expected to be a big week for him and his wife, who are expecting the birth of their son this week.
"Yeah, hopefully a healthy baby boy comes this week," Love said. "My wife has been doing a killer job throughout this crazy stretch of football. Hopefully the next time you hear from me, I'll have a newborn in my hands."
Check out some of the best action shots from Week 15 vs. the Philadelphia Eagle at Lumen Field on December 18, 2023. Game action photos are presented by Washington's Lottery.