NFL play-off win for Dickson's Seahawks

Peter Mitchell, AAP US Correspondent
Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch scored a touchdown late in the first half against Philadelphia

Michael Dickson's Seattle Seahawks have eliminated Cameron Johnston's Philadelphia Eagles to keep their Super Bowl hopes alive.

The Seahawks beat the Eagles 17-9 in the NFC wildcard game on Sunday in Philadelphia.

The Seahawks will face the Green Bay Packers in Wisconsin next Sunday in the divisional round.

The Eagles suffered a major blow in the first quarter when Carson Wentz was tackled hard from behind by Jadeveon Clowney.

The helmet of the Seahawks' edge rusher struck the back of Wentz's helmet and resulted in the quarterback being taken off the field and ruled out for the rest of the game.

Philadelphia had to rely on back-up Josh McCown, a 40-year-old journeyman quarterback playing on his 11th NFL team.

"We believe," Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who connected with 18 of 30 passes for 325 yards, said.

Seahawks' veteran running back Marshawn Lynch set up the win by winding the clock back to his "beast mode" days with a punishing five-yard run for the game's first touchdown and a 10-3 lead just before halftime.

"There's no doubt in us, we have everything we need and to see Marshawn running into the end zone, that was cool," Wilson said.

Dickson and Johnston have charted similar paths from Aussie rules, tutelage at the Prokick Australia academy in Melbourne and US college stints to become two of the NFL's elite punters.

Former Sydney Swans prospect Dickson had four punts averaging 41 yards and two inside the 20-yard line on Sunday.

Johnston, drafted by AFL club Melbourne in 2011, had three punts for an average of 45.3 yards and one inside the 20.

The Eagles' other Australian, giant former South Sydney Rabbitohs junior Jordan Mailata, is yet to play an NFL regular or post season game despite two years in Philadelphia.

He has spent this season on injured reserve and his rookie 2018-19 season on the bench.

In Sunday's other NFC wildcard game, Minnesota Vikings upset New Orleans Saints 26-20 in an overtime thriller.

Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins connected with tight end Kyle Rudolph for the game-winning touchdown and set up a clash with the top-seeded San Francsico 49ers on Saturday.

The 49ers feature an Australian punter, Perth rookie Mitch Wishnowsky.