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Marshawn Lynch runs through Eagles' D

12/2/2011

Kirby Lee/US Presswire

Marshawn Lynch (right) finished with 123 yards against defensive fronts of eight or more, including 51 yards after contact.

It was a game the Philadelphia Eagles had to have. Instead, they allowed a season-high in rush yards (174) as the Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch continually knocked them backwards en route to a 31-14 Seattle win.

Marshawn Lynch Rushing
2011 Season

Not that Philadelphia didn’t try to stop him.

The Eagles kept eight or more defenders in the box on 17 of Lynch’s 22 attempts, but to no avail. Lynch finished with 123 yards against defensive fronts of eight or more, including 51 yards after contact.

Both of his touchdowns came against eight-man fronts.

Overall, Lynch ran 22 times for 148 yards and two touchdowns. It was the second-highest rushing total of his career. He’s now scored a touchdown in eight straight games.

It was Lynch's fourth 100-yard game of the season with all of them coming in his last five outings. It was also the third multi-touchdown game of his career.

He accumulated a season-best 75 yards after contact. Since Week 9, he has led the NFL in yards after contact.

The Eagles did get a strong performance out of their own backfield, courtesy of LeSean McCoy.

McCoy carried 17 times for 84 yards and a touchdown and had four catches for 49 yards with a score. It was the third time in his career (and second time this season) McCoy had a rushing and receiving touchdown in the same game.

But Vince Young threw a career-high four interceptions, one of which was returned 77 yards for a score by David Hawthorne. Three of Young’s interceptions came on throws of 15 or more yards downfield.

He now has eight interceptions this season on such passes, tied with the Redskins’ Rex Grossman for the NFL lead. Six of Young's eight downfield interceptions have been underthrown.

Vince Young Passing
15+ Yards Downfield, 2011 Season

Overall, the Eagles turned it over four times; they lead the NFL with 29 turnovers. Philadelphia had 25 turnovers all of last season.

The Eagles have dropped two straight and four of their last five. At 4-8, they are assured of their fourth non-winning season in 13 years under Andy Reid.