The Seattle Seahawks held a clinic on Sunday as to how both execute a running game as well as defend against it.
The 350-yard performance led to Seattle setting a new franchise record for rushing yards and Marshawn Lynch was the first Seahawks running back to record four rushing TD’s since Shaun Alexander did it in 2005. Alexander had three career games as a Seahawk in which he scored four TD’s on the ground.
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Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch combined for 247 rushing yards and the Seahawks defense held the New York Giants to just 54 yards on 17 carries.
Robert Turbin and Christine Michael joined in on the fun and added another 103 yards on just 10 rushes.
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Despite the total domination in the ground game the Seahawks trailed at halftime after former Seahawks kicker Josh Brown nailed a 41-yard FG as time expired.
Manning dropped back to pass 44 times and was only sacked twice. Wilson was also sacked two times while attempting 17 passes. Manning threw for 283 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT compared to Wilson’s 172 yards and 2 INT’s.
Although the Seahawks defense still struggled to stop their opponents on third downs, Eli Manning and the Giants were never able to get momentum and consistently put up long drives. Four Giant drives went for 7 or more plays with only one ending in points. The four drives resulted in a FG, INT, punt, and turnover on downs when the Giants failed to convert on 4th down.
What was really a game too close for comfort turned into a blowout in the final 16 minutes after an Earl Thomas interception of Eli Manning in the endzone gave Seattle the momentum. The score was 17-17 at that point.
The turnover led to Seattle marching downfield for 58 yards on 7 plays and Lynch pounding into the endzone on a 3-yard run and his third rushing TD of the game. The score gave the Seahawks a 24-17 lead with 12:47 to go and they never looked back.
Seattle wasn’t done tearing up the CenturyLink turf as Lynch and Wilson would both added rushing scores to seal the game 38-17 with just over 5 minutes remaining.