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Monday, December 16, 2013
Drive of the Game: Game's first touchdown

By Matt Ehalt

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- There may have been more than 35 minutes left in Sunday's game when Marshawn Lynch scored the game's first touchdown, but that two-yard score all but ended the game.

In a game in which the Giants' offense looked like the J.V. going against varsity, it's Seattle's drive that led to its first touchdown that proved to be the drive of the game in Sunday's 23-0 Seattle win.

With the Seahawks leading 3-0 in the second quarter, Seattle took over on its own 38-yard line following Richard Sherman's interception of Eli Manning. Seven plays later, the Seahawks were up 10.

Russell Wilson started the drive with a nine-yard pass to Doug Baldwin before Lynch secured a first down with a five-yard run. Wilson then scrambled for four before hitting Baldwin for 25 and 13 yards on successive plays to put Seattle at the Giants' 6-yard line. Baldwin caught three passes for 47 yards on the drive, which was half his receptions on the day and more than half his total receiving yards.

Once Seattle had first-and-goal, it was "Beast Mode" time as Lynch ran for four yards before punching it in from two yards out. On his touchdown run, he powered through several Giants defenders to get the ball across the goal line in an impressive effort. Lynch's score gave the Seahawks a 10-0 lead with 5:30 remaining in the half, and that was more than a comfortable lead for its defense.

The Seahawks were not crisp for most of the day, but they were at their best on this drive, never getting to third down as Wilson, Lynch and Baldwin made big plays. The Giants' defense played quite well Sunday, but this one drive left the Giants behind double-digits for the first time.