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Marshawn Lynch runs for 90 yards, 2 TDs to give Seahawks 17-7 halftime lead over Eagles
SEATTLE (AP) ' Marshawn Lynch ran for 90 yards and two touchdowns on 11 first-half carries and the Seattle Seahawks took a 17-7 lead over the Philadelphia Eagles into halftime Thursday night.
Lynch had scoring runs of 15 and 40 yards. LeSean McCoy had a short TD run for Philadelphia, which played without injured quarterback Michael Vick for the third straight week.
Fill-in Vince Young was intercepted by Kam Chancellor on his first pass attempt of the game, a throw that was nowhere near his intended receiver. The Seahawks responded with a drive that gave them the early lead.
Tarvaris Jackson connected with Ben Obomanu for 26 yards to give the Seahawks first-and-goal at the 10-yard line in the first quarter. After a false start pushed Seattle backward, Lynch carried into a wall at the line of scrimmage ' only to emerge from Jamar Chaney's grasp with his legs still churning. He dashed 15 yards into the end zone to put Seattle ahead.
The run was somewhat reminiscent of Lynch's 67-yard, tackle-breaking gallop against New Orleans in the playoffs last season that sealed an upset of the defending Super Bowl champions.
Lynch added his second score on the first play of the second quarter. He cut back, broke outside and outraced the Eagles defense for a 40-yard TD run to make it 14-0.
Young answered when a busted coverage left Riley Cooper wide open behind the Seahawks defense for a 47-yard gain to the Seattle 3-yard line. Two plays later, McCoy ran in from a yard out to get Philadelphia on the board.
Steven Hauschka added a 49-yard field goal to give Seattle a 10-point edge at the break.
Nnamdi Asomugha started for the Eagles despite a sore knee, but was injured with 5 minutes left in the second quarter. Jackson threw a jump ball for Mike Williams to avoid a sack and Williams collided with Asomugha, leaving him down on the field for a few minutes before he walked off under his own power.
Asomugha left with a neck injury and was being evaluated for a possible head injury as well. His return was questionable.
Jackson was 9 for 12 for 143 yards. Young was 5 for 12 for 86 yards and an interception.
McCoy had seven carries for 36 yards.
Both teams entered 4-7 and mathematically still alive for the playoffs in the NFC. Realistically, they are at the point of holding auditions for next season as each would likely need to win out to have a chance at the postseason.
Philadelphia was again without Vick as he recovers from two broken ribs. The injuries didn't end there. Eagles cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and wide receiver Jeremy Maclin both missed their third straight game. Rodgers-Cromartie has an ankle injury, while Maclin was out with hamstring and shoulder troubles.
Eagles safety Colt Anderson came out with a left knee injury and was not expected to return.