The Seattle Seahawks beat the NY Giants 38 to 17 in a decisive victory at Century Link field on Sunday.
For the second week in a row, the Hawks relied heavily on their ground game as they steamrolled the Giants into submission. The team ran for a record 350 yards, breaking the team’s previous single-game high of 320 set in 2005. Its five rushing touchdowns tied the current team record, also set in 2005.
Marshawn Lynch and his patented Beast Mode led the charge. The star running back ran for a personal season-high 140 rushing yards, averaging 6.7 yards per carry. Century Link employees repeatedly found themselves cleaning up a sea of Skittles candies from the end zones as Lynch managed to muscle his way into the end zone four times on Sunday, a personal career-high.
Russell Wilson also broke the triple-digit rushing mark, for a total of 107 rushing yards. He found himself scrambling out of the pocket and down the field fourteen times during the game. His efforts were rewarded with his own trip to the end zone late in the fourth quarter.
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But he once again had a less-than-impressive air game. He threw for 172 yards on 17 attempts, earning a rating of only 53.7. His completion rate would have been even higher if the stats included two additional completions (aka interceptions) to members of the wrong team. There’s no denying that the loss of Percy Harvin is taking a toll.
The stats were far below that of Giant’s quarterback Eli Manning, who threw for 283 yards on 29 completions and 44 attempts. In fact, the Giants led Seattle going into the half, 17-14, as the two teams went tit-for-tat on scoring drives through the first half.
Luckily Seattle’s defense pulled together to tighten up in the second half where the team allowed only 100 yards, compared to 224 in the first. But the defensive play of the day came at the end of the third quarter when a Manning pass intended for leading receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was tipped into the hands of Hawk’s safety Earl Thomas by cornerback Richard Sherman. The play sparked a 58-yard Hawks drive that resulted in the third Lynch touchdown of the day. The Hawks would go on to score two more times by the end of the game as they continued to pull away from a broken Giants team.
The last time the Hawks came away with a big win was way back in week one, when the team beat Green Bay by 20. From then until yesterday, the season has been filled with unconvincing victories that left us wondering whether or not the team was awesome or just plain lucky.
After Sunday’s win, it would appear to look more awesome than lucky, but the team’s remaining schedule—one or the toughest in the league—will ultimately prove its mettle. The Hawks face off next week against the six and three Kansas City Chiefs in Missouri (note, the Chiefs are on a six-game winning streak). After that, two-thirds of the Hawk’s match-ups are against either NFC West division leader Arizona Cardinals or division rivals and third-place San Francisco 49ers.