Eagles' misery continues in 31-14 loss to Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) - December 2, 2011

Welcome to a new low in Philadelphia's miserable season.

"It's ridiculous to have this much talent and be where we are," Philadelphia offensive lineman Evan Mathis said.

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Marshawn Lynch bulled through the Eagles for 148 yards and a pair of first-half touchdowns and the Seattle Seahawks rolled past the Eagles 31-14 on Thursday night, Philadelphia's fourth loss in five games.

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Making a quick trip to the West Coast after losing at home to New England, the Eagles (4-8) just about waved goodbye to the postseason trip that everyone assumed was a foregone conclusion before the season began.

They might as well have stayed back in Philadelphia.

"We've got a lot of good guys. I can't complain a bit about the effort or the work ethic that they put forth," Reid said. "I've got to make sure that I get them in a better position to make plays."

Making his third straight start in place of Michael Vick and his two broken ribs, Vince Young couldn't find the same magic he did in the 2006 Rose Bowl when he led Texas to an upset of Pete Carroll and USC.

Young's first pass of the night was an awful interception thrown right to Seattle safety Kam Chancellor and nowhere near an Eagles receiver. That was just a precursor. Young threw a career-high four interceptions in all, including a swing pass intended for LeSean McCoy that David Hawthorne stepped in front of and returned 77 yards for a touchdown with 4:24 left to put a cap on Seattle's third win in its last four games.

Three of Young's four interceptions led to Seattle touchdowns and the fourth time, the Seahawks (5-7) took a knee at the Philadelphia 1 to end the game.

"I really felt like the effort was definitely there. I can speak from the offensive standpoint, overall we were driving the ball pretty well," Young said. "Seattle did a pretty good job of coming out and playing good."

Young finished 17 of 29 for 208 yards. McCoy got more chances than he did last Sunday against New England when he touched the ball just 14 times, a number that drew criticism from Eagles fans believing the leading rusher in the NFL deserved more opportunities.

McCoy finished with 84 yards on 17 carries and added another four catches for 49 yards. But he was upstaged by Lynch.

"This is really tough. Knowing that this is a good team, but I feel like we are a better team," McCoy said. "No disrespect to them, they played hard, but knowing that they are a good team, but we are far, far better. Way more talented. We didn't get it done. We played poorly today."

The Eagles played without Vick, CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and WR Jeremy Maclin, then lost CB Nnamdi Asomugha to a neck/head injury late in the first half.

Still, Philadelphia pulled within 24-14 early in the fourth quarter when Young led a 17-play, 80-yard drive that ate up more than 10 minutes of the clock. The drive included a fourth-down conversion inside the Seahawks 10 and was capped on a 2-yard shovel pass from Young to McCoy.

Young then drove the Eagles inside the Seattle 35 on their next possession with a chance to make it a one-score game, but failed to see Hawthorne lurking in the flat. Seattle safety Earl Thomas jumped Young's primary target and by the time he came back to McCoy, Hawthorne was ready for the pass.

"He was expecting him to be open and he wasn't," Hawthorne said.

Philadelphia's bigger issue was its inability to slow down Lynch, who had touchdown runs of 15 and 40 yards in the first half, each another showcase of his hard-charging style. His 15-yard run in the first quarter saw Lynch bull into a pile, slip through the arms of linebacker Jamar Chaney and escape into the clear for the score, his eighth straight game with at least one touchdown.

"I couldn't figure it out myself," defensive end Trent Cole said. "I thought he was caught up in there and all of a sudden he popped out. When he popped out I didn't know who had the ball."

Lynch's next score came on the first play of the second quarter and gave Seattle a 14-0 lead. The flow of the play went to Lynch's left, but he immediately cut back right and found open field, beating the Eagles defense to the corner and going 40 yards untouched.

It was the second-most yards rushing in Lynch's career, behind the 153 he had in his rookie season with Buffalo against Cincinnati, and the most for any Seattle running back in more than five years.

Golden Tate added a toe-tapping 11-yard TD catch from Tarvaris Jackson at the back of the end zone in the third quarter to give the Seahawks a 24-7 lead.

Jackson was 13 of 16 for 190 yards and the touchdown, finishing with a career-high QB rating of 137.0. It was a strong rebound for Seattle after blowing a 10-point lead last Sunday in a loss to Washington.

"The whole thing was about finishing," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. "That was the focal point and we wanted to execute really well. We did a lot of good stuff."

Notes: Carroll thinks LT Russell Okung may have a serious pectoral injury sustained in the closing seconds. ... Asomugha did not return after hitting his head on the knee of Seattle WR Mike Williams. ... Backup safety Colt Anderson sustained a torn ACL in his left knee. ... Philadelphia fell to 5-2 in Thursday night games. ... Seattle CB Brandon Browner had the first two-interception game of his career.

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