December 6, 2011 – 9:00 am
The Seahawks returned to CenturyLink Field after only a four day break to face the visiting Philadelphia Eagles in front of a national television audience in prime time. Seattle did not disappoint, thumping the Eagles 31-14 to improve their record to 5-7.
Seattle's 12th MAN was loud and proud on Thursday Night Football, filling CenturyLink Field with noise and passion all game long.
Tarvaris Jackson, center, and his offensive teammates wait to be introduced during pregame.
Marshawn Lynch was the final Seahawks starter to be introduced, and he proudly waved the 12th MAN flag amid the smoke and fog as he entered the field.
Paul McQuistan (67) and the offensive line protected Jackson all night, who achieved his highest quarterback rating of the season.
Marshawn Lynch escaped from a pileup that looked to be a rush for no gain and turned it into a touchdownn a run that observers say nearly compares to last year's "Beastquake" run against the New Orleans Saints.
Lynch poses for the fans after his touchdown run.
Wide receiver Ben Obomanu, starting in place of injured Sidney Rice, leapt high to make this catch in the first half.
Seattle rookie linebacker K.J. Wright makes a diving tackle on Philadelphia's LeSean McCoy.
Marshawn Lynch outraced everyone to the corner on a 40 yard touchdown run to give the Seahawks a 14-0 lead in the second quarter.
Golden Tate also stepped up, catching four passes for 47 yards.
Tate obeyed NFL rules after his leaping touchdown catch in the third quarter, and gave a celebratory dance instead of falling to the ground that cost him an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against Washington.
Brandon Browner comes back to the sidelines and receives congratulations from K.J. Wright and Richard Sherman after Browner picked off his second pass of the game.
Wright came up the middle on a blitz and leveled Philadelphia quarterback Vince Young, who fumbled only to recover it as he went to the ground. Wright had five tackles and a sack on the night.
Seattle's defensive backfield was tough all night, including this play in the end zone in which Richard Sherman deflected away a pass intended for the Eagles' Jason Avant.
The Eagles drove deep once more into Seattle territory, but David Hawthorne stepped in front of a Vince Young pass for an interception.
With nothing between him and the end zone, Hawthorne raced untouched 77 yards to put the game away.
On the sidelines, coach Pete Carroll let out a yell as Hawthorne strode into the end zone.
Seattle's victory was soured in the final minutes when Philadelphia's Trent Cole flipped Seattle's Russell Okung to the ground after the whistle. Okung suffered a season-ending injury as a result.
General manager John Schneider greets David Hawthorne in the locker room after the win.
In the postgame locker room, Carroll held up four fingers to signify the the four takeaways by the defense.
Tags: 12th MAN
, Ben Obomanu
, Brandon Browner
, David Hawthorne
, Golden Tate
, John Schneider
, K.J. Wright
, Marshawn Lynch
, Paul McQuistan
, Pete Carroll
, Richard Sherman
, Russell Okung
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