This game was all legs. The Seahawks racked up 350 rushing yards and 510 yards of total offense.
The franchise-record five rushing touchdowns, and other big moments from the Seahawks’ victory over the New York Giants:
Taima the hawk goes rogue
Fans got a big surprise when Taima, the live hawk that flies around the stadium before the game, took a detour into the stands. She briefly landed on one fan’s head before settling on another’s shoulder:
So the Seahawks flew away from its handler and landed on the lady next to me!! See!! pic.twitter.com/osf4fgVpK4
— Brian Tom (@BrianTom) November 9, 2014
Two days before Veterans Day, the team took a moment to recognize people who have served in the United States military.
Seahawks have a killer opening drive
Giants capitalize on interception to tie the score
Giants cornerback Zack Bowman picked off a pass from Russell Wilson to wide receiver Paul Richardson, returning it to the 24-yard line.
Five plays later, Eli Manning had ample time to find receiver Preston Parker open in the back of the end zone. Click here to read more and watch a video of that play.
Giants score go-ahead touchdown
The Giants drove downfield with big pass plays — including two impressive catches by rookie Odell Beckham Jr. — and sent Andre Williams plowing into the end zone to take the lead early in the second quarter. Click here to read more and watch a video of that play.
Second Lynch TD ties it up at 14-14
A determined Seattle offense put together an 85-yard drive, composed almost entirely of run plays, to set up a 2-yard touchdown by running back Marshawn Lynch. Click here to read more and watch a video of that play.
Field goal puts Giants ahead at the half
Jermaine Kearse pulls in deep pass, sparking Seahawks’ tying drive
Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson sailed a 60-yard pass to receiver Jermaine Kearse. It was Wilson’s longest pass of the day and it put the Hawks at the 6-yard line, but it wasn’t enough on its own: Seattle struggled in the red zone before settling for a field goal.
Earl Thomas gets his first INT of the season, leading to a third Lynch TD
On a first down at the 39-yard line late in the third quarter, Eli Manning sailed a pass to Odell Beckham Jr. in the end zone, hoping to take the lead once again. But as Beckham tipped the ball away from Richard Sherman, it went into the hands of Earl Thomas, who returned it to the 42-yard line. It was the first interception Eli Manning has thrown in five games.
Click here to read more and watch a video of the tip — which happened in the same end zone as, well, The Tip.
The play set up a 58-yard drive by the Seahawks that culminated in another Marshawn Lynch touchdown. That run put Lynch at 113 rushing yards, a season high in a single game. The only other game this year in which he has surpassed 100 yards was the season opener against Green Bay.
The Seahawks at that point hit 253 rushing yards, also a season high. Seattle would end up with a franchise-record 350 rushing yards for the day.
Back-to-back Lynch and Wilson rushing TDs clinch Hawks’ victory
Click here to read more and watch a video of the touchdown that gave Seattle a commanding lead.
Soon after, Wilson ran one in himself, making it five total rushing touchdowns, tying the team record for a single game. (That record was set against Houston in another magical Seahawks season: 2005.)
That settled it: 38-17 Seahawks. It was a much-needed decisive win, as the Hawks head to Kansas City next week as 1-point underdogs. The Chiefs haven’t allowed a rushing touchdown all season. We’ll see if Beast Mode and DangeRuss let them hold on to that distinction.
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