Seahawks make history in running right by Giants

SEATTLE -- When in doubt, run.

The Seattle Seahawks and quarterback Russell Wilson had their problems again throwing the football, but when you rush for a franchise record 350 yards, it doesn't matter.

Trailing by three points at the half despite rushing for 149 yards in the first two quarters, the Seahawks kept pounding away on the ground and ran through the New York Giants in a 38-17 victory.

Marshawn Lynch was the star again, rushing for 140 yards on 21 carries and posting a career-best four rushing touchdowns.

"He's having an MVP performance," Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson said of Lynch. "That's what you want from your best player. He's playing his best football."

True enough, but it didn't matter who carried the ball with the Seahawks averaging 7.8 yards per carry.

Wilson had his third 100-yard rushing game of the season (107 on 14 carries). According to Elias Sports Bureau research, Wilson joins Michael Vick (2004, 2006) as the only quarterbacks to have three 100-yard rushing games in a season since the 1970 merger.

Second-year running back Christine Michael rushed for 71 yards on only four carries, easily his best day as a pro. Backup running back Robert Turbin had 32 yards on six carries

"Any time you break a record in this league, you know how hard it is to do," Turbin said of the team rushing mark. "It's definitely a humbling honor to do something like that."

Sunday marked the third time in franchise history the Seahawks have rushed for more than 300 yards. The previous record was 320 against Houston in 2005.

This game was the most rushing yards for any NFL team since Week 16 of 2012, when the Kansas City Chiefs rushed for 352 against Indianapolis Colts. The Seahawks would have tied that mark if not for two kneel downs by Wilson to run out the clock.

"This is the kind of game every offensive lineman dreams about," Seahawks left tackle Russell Okung said.

Seattle's much-maligned offensive line, beset with injuries all season, was blowing open holes Sunday with center Max Unger and Okung returning to the starting lineup.

"They line up and just hit you right in the mouth," Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie said of the Seahawks. "That hurts. They are more physical and they just want it more. It's very disappointing."

The numbers tell the story of this game. The Seahawks had a 4-yard average after contact per rush, the most by any team in a game this season. Lynch gained 75 rush yards after contact Sunday, the fifth player with at least 75 YAC in a game this season.

Lynch also gained at least 10 yards on six rushes, the fifth player this season to have six rushes of at least 10 yards in a game.

And the Giants looked like they never had seen a zone read or a Wilson bootleg. Seattle had 111 yards on zone-read rushes, fifth-most in a game this season and Seattle's most in a game since Week 17 of 2012 (116 yards vs. the Rams).

In the end, the Seahawks had a rushing day to remember.

"That's our style," Seattle guard J.R. Sweezy said. "We had an attitude of getting after it today and we did."