Marshawn Lynch Rushes for Two Touchdowns as Seahawks Defeat Eagles 31-14

Marshawn Lynch rushed for two touchdowns and David Hawthorne returned an interception 77 yards for a score as the Seattle Seahawks beat the Philadelphia Eagles 31-14.

The Seahawks improved to 5-7 with their third win in four games, while the Eagles, playing without starting quarterback Michael Vick, fell to 4-8 with their fourth defeat in five National Football League starts.

Lynch carried 22 times for 148 yards, his best performance since he ran for a career high 153 yards on Nov. 4, 2007. His touchdown runs of 15 yards and 40 yards gave the Seahawks a 14-0 lead 10 seconds into the second quarter last night at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.

“He’s so aggressive on the field,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said in a televised interview. “He’s so much of the attack. He’s been on fire.”

LeSean McCoy scored the first of his two touchdowns three minutes later for the Eagles before Steven Hauschka kicked a 49- yard field goal to make it 17-7 to Seattle at halftime.

“I take my hat off to the offensive line; they got it done,” Seattle quarterback Tarvaris Jackson said in a televised interview. “We ran the ball well, the defense was great. We didn’t turn over the ball.”

Jackson fired an 11-yard pass to Golden Tate to give the Seahawks a 24-7 lead in the third quarter. The quarterback completed 13 of 16 passing attempts for 190 yards and one touchdown.

McCoy scored his second touchdown two minutes into the fourth quarter on a 2-yard pass from Vince Young as the Eagles narrowed the gap to 24-14.

Four Interceptions

Hawthorne completed the scoring with 4:24 left in the game when Young gave up the third of a career-high four interceptions. The Seahawks converted the turnovers into 21 points, while Young completed 17 of 29 passing attempts for 208 yards.

“We’re pros, things happen,” Young said. “We don’t point fingers at anybody. We still have a season going on. Anything can happen.”

Vick has missed three Eagles games with two broken ribs.

“I can’t complain about the effort or work ethic they put forth,” Philadelphia coach Andy Reid said in a televised news conference.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nancy Kercheval in Washington at nkercheval@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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