Backup Eagles quarterback Josh McCown tearful but 'thankful' after loss to Seahawks

Backup Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Josh McCown was thrust into the spotlight on Sunday when starter Carson Wentz was knocked out of the team's wild-card round game against the Seattle Seahawks. 

It was an emotional moment for McCown, a 40-year-old NFL veteran who has played for 11 teams since being drafted in 2002, who was making his postseason debut. He led the Eagles to three field goals but no touchdowns as the team fell at home to Seattle, 17-9.

A widely viewed clip on Twitter after the game showed a tearful McCown embracing Eagles tight end Zach Ertz after the loss, which eliminated Philadelphia from the playoffs: 

McCown was similarly emotional in his postgame press conference, during which he said he was "thankful" for the "special" moment of finally getting to play in the postseason. 

"My wife and my family moved around a lot and been there for me," he said, fighting back tears. "So to go out there and get to play in a playoff game was special, and I can't thank them enough for their support."

The journeyman quarterback had previously announced his retirement from the NFL and had taken a job as an ESPN analyst earlier in 2019 before signing with the Eagles in August. He became the second player ever to throw his first playoff pass after the age of 40

With the win over the Eagles, the Seahawks will next take on the NFC's No. 2 seeded Green Bay Packers on Sunday. 

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FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 04: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks on during warmups before the AFC Wild Card Playoff game against the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium on January 04, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 04: Derrick Henry #22 of the Tennessee Titans carries the ball against the New England Patriots in the second quarter of the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 04, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 04: Logan Ryan #26 of the Tennessee Titans celebrates his touchdown against the New England Patriots in the fourth quarter of the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 04, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 05: Alexander Mattison #25 of the Minnesota Vikings is tackled by Marshon Lattimore #23 and Chauncey Gardner-Johnson #22 of the New Orleans Saints during the first quarter in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Mercedes Benz Superdome on January 05, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - JANUARY 05: Quarterback Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles is hit by Jadeveon Clowney #90 of the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 05, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - JANUARY 05: D.K. Metcalf #14 of the Seattle Seahawks catches a pass for a touchdown in the third quarter of the NFC Wild Card Playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on January 05, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
Jan 4, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Duke Williams (82) catches a pass against Houston Texans cornerback Gareon Conley (22) during the fourth quarter in the AFC Wild Card NFL Playoff game at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph (82) pulls in the game winning touchdown pass over New Orleans Saints cornerback P.J. Williams (26) during overtime of an NFL wild-card playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in New Orleans. The Vikings won 26-20. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) reacts as Minnesota Vikings free safety Harrison Smith (22) celebrates after Brees fumbled, turning over the ball in field goal range, in the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
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