A recap of the Seahawks’ 31-14 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles at CenturyLink Field on Thursday night:
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Marshawn Lynch. It wasn’t so much that he ran for a season-high 148 yards and had his first multiple-touchdown game since rushing for three against the Panthers in Week 13 last season, it was how he did it – in typical Beast Mode fashion, with a splash of speed thrown in for good measure.
On his first TD, a 15-yarder in the first quarter, Lynch disappeared in a pile of humanity only to squirt out and run into the end zone.
“I thought he was done on that carry, so I was as surprised as anybody,” coach Pete Carroll said.
On his second TD, a 40-yarder in the second quarter, Lynch used blocks from tackle Breno Giacomini and tight end Cameron Morrah to get around the right side and then outran everyone to the end zone.
“It was great to see him finish one and get the touchdown,” Carroll said. “We’ve had some long runs where we don’t make it to the zone, and it was great to see him get back in.”
Or grate, from the other sideline.
“He was the key today to their offense,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said. “And we didn’t do a good job of stopping him.”
Added defensive end Trent Cole, “He’s a freak; just a freak. I don’t know how to explain it.”
PLAYS OF THE GAME
Offense: It would be easy to go with Lynch’s long run, but he got enough love. So let’s go with Golden Tate’s here’s-what-this-guy-can-do catch of an 11-yard pass from Tarvaris Jackson in the end zone. Tate got his first NFL start because Sidney Rice was placed on injured reserve Wednesday. He didn’t waste the opportunity – or faith that Carroll continues to show in him.
“He’ll do whatever we give him a chance to do,” Carroll said. “This is what we see in practice all the time; we just haven’t gotten him in there as much to give him focal-point opportunities. … He’s really special. He makes special plays, so we have to keep giving it to him.”
Said Jackson, “Him going up and getting it, that was Golden. That’s what he’s good at – going up and getting the football. What was so good about the catch was him getting his toes down and he did a great job of concentrating.”
Defense: David Hawthorne’s 77-yard interception return for the Seahawks’ final TD. His teammates already were ribbing “Heater” about his, well, slow-motion journey to the end zone. “It was the slowest run back I’ve ever seen in history,” as strong safety Kam Chancellor put it.
But the play was special, nonetheless.
“It was a simple man-to-man coverage,” Hawthorne said, giving credit to free safety Earl Thomas for taking away Vince Young’s primary target and leaving him to dump the ball off to running back LeSean McCoy.
“He was hoping the back was open, but we were in man and I was one him.”
Special teams: Steve Hauschka’s 49-yard field goal with 16 second left in the first half that push the Seahawks’ lead to 17-7. He is now 18 of 21 on the season, with one miss from 61 yards, another from 51 and the third a blocked kick.
Left tackle Russell Okung injured a pectoral that “doesn’t look good right now,” Carroll said, adding that additional tests will determine the extent of the damage and how long Okung will be out.
The Seahawks rushed for 100-plus yards in their fifth consecutive game, their longest streak since doing it in 2005.
Cornerback Brandon Browner intercepted two passes, returning one 55 yards and the other 13. He now has 178 return yards on his four interceptions, one shy of the franchise single-season record set by Dave Brown in 1984.
Tate and fullback Michael Robinson each caught four passes to lead the Seahawks.
Hawthorne and fellow linebacker Leroy Hill led the Seahawks with six tackles, while linebacker Heath Farwell had two coverage tackles on special teams.
The Seahawks improved to 5-7 with their third victory in the past four games.
The Seahawks had only five penalties for 30 yards, after rolling up nine for 91 yards in Sunday’s loss to the Redskins and 13 for 100 yards in each of the two games before that.
YOU DON’T SAY
“It’s one on of those where you’re blocking a guy and you think he’s down, and you turn around and he’s running into the end zone. Credit to him and the way he runs. He gives us a spark and he doesn’t need much up front and he can bust it.” – left guard Robert Gallery on Lynch’s first TD run