Seahawks continue Philadelphia’s fall
Posted: Friday, December 2, 2011 7:01 pm
By TIM BOOTH
AP Sports Writer
SEATTLE (AP) — During his time playing in San Francisco, Michael Robinson said the mention of the Seattle Seahawks came with a label no NFL team wants to have.
“I’ve been playing against the Seahawks for four or five years and the identity used to always be that they were soft,” said Robinson, now Seattle’s starting fullback. “And we’re trying to change that identity.”
Marshawn Lynch is certainly doing his part to help the Seahawks shed that image.
Seattle’s hard-charging running back bulled through Philadelphia for 148 yards and a pair of first-half touchdowns, David Hawthorne returned the third of Vince Young’s four interceptions 77 yards for a score, and the Seahawks rolled to a 31-14 victory Thursday that added to the Eagles’ miserable season.
Lynch ran into and escaped from a massive pileup for a 15-yard TD run in the first quarter, then made a quick cut and went back against the flow for a 40-yard scoring dash on the first play of the second quarter to give the Seahawks (5-7) a 14-0 lead.
It was the second-best performance of Lynch’s career and a capper to what has been his finest stretch as a pro.
Lynch never had consecutive 100-yard rushing games until a few weeks ago. Now he’s done it in four of Seattle’s past five, and the only time he didn’t, Lynch had 88 yards in a victory over St. Louis.
His first-quarter, escape-act touchdown against Philadelphia (4-8) gave Lynch eight straight games with at least one score and added a highlight reminiscent of his famous tackle-breaking, 67-yard TD run in last year’s NFC playoffs against New Orleans.
It’s all adding up to more dollars likely coming Lynch’s way. He’s a free agent after the season.
But on a night he deserved praise, Lynch was deferring praise to others before jetting out of the locker room with the same elusiveness he showed the Eagles.
“It was all about the offensive line. We managed the game, we came out victorious, everybody’s happy, and now we’re on to our break,” Lynch said during his brief locker room appearance. “Thank you.”
Published in The Messenger 12.2.11