Giants Fall to Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks 38-17

As the rain started falling harder, a shower of Skittles joined the wet stuff pelting from the sky.

Marshawn Lynch was in the end zone again.

Lynch rushed for a season-high 140 yards and career-best four touchdowns and the Seattle Seahawks overcame their own sloppiness for a key 38-17 win over the New York Giants on Sunday.

Russell Wilson threw two interceptions, the Seahawks committed three total turnovers, and Eli Manning picked apart Seattle's secondary for the first half. It all didn't matter because of Lynch leading Seattle's unstoppable run game.

The 350 total yards rushing by Seattle (6-3) were a franchise record and the most in the NFL since Cleveland had 351 vs. Kansas City in 2009.

Lynch, known to munch Skittles candies on the sideline, carried 21 times, but there was plenty of running to go around. Wilson added 107 yards on 14 carries and a 1-yard TD run with 5:19 left. Most of Wilson's runs were designed as New York (3-6) failed to keep contain. Christine Michael and Robert Turbin averaged more than 5 yards per carry: Michael finished with 71 yards and Turbin added 32.

Seattle is the first team to have a running back rush for four touchdowns and a quarterback run for at least 100 yards in the same game.

It was Lynch's day. He scored on runs of 1, 2, and 3 yards and capped his performance with a 16-yard scamper with 7:47 left, when cornerback Zack Bowman decided against trying to tackle Lynch at the goal line. Lynch's 140 yards matched his total from Seattle's divisional round playoff win over New Orleans last January.

Lynch had two career games with three TDs rushing.

Manning picked apart Seattle in the first half, throwing for 192 yards and a touchdown. But Manning will regret challenging Seattle's secondary with the game tied at 17 in the third quarter.

Seattle had just pulled even at 17 on Steven Hausckha's 28-yard field goal, failing to score after having second-and-goal at the Giants 1.

New York tried to answer quickly, getting to the Seattle 39 when Manning challenged Richard Sherman on a deep ball for Odell Beckham Jr. in the end zone. Sherman defended perfectly and Beckham tipped the ball to Seattle safety Earl Thomas reaching over Sherman's back for his first interception of the season.

Manning had gone his previous 176 pass attempts without an interception, a span of five games.

Seattle finished off this drive and took the lead for good. Michael took a third-down option pitch 18 yards to the Giants 31 and Lynch followed with a 17-yard run. Lynch bulled his way in from the 3 and a 24-17 Seahawks lead.

New York went three-and-out with Michael Bennett's sack ending the series. The Seahawks got two fortunate bounces on their next possession: fumbles by Wilson and Lynch getting recovered by guard Alvin Bailey and wide receiver Paul Richardson. Lynch then set his career mark on his 16-yard scoring run.

Manning finished 29 of 44 for 283 yards, but just 91 in the second half. He also fumbled in the closing minutes.

Wilson was 10 of 17 for 172 yards. He threw two interceptions for the first time since last November against Tampa Bay. But he didn't need to throw with what Seattle did on the ground.

Beckham had seven catches for 108 yards, 92 in the first half, a 44-yard reception beating Sherman and a 26-yard catch to set up Andre Williams' 4-yard TD run for a 14-7 lead.

Manning also directed a successful two-minute drive at the end of the first half, getting Josh Brown's 41-yard field goal and a 17-14 lead at the break. 

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