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Seahawks pummel Eagles in 42-0 win

AMERICAN FOOTBALLSeattle won its eighth game in a row on Monday after dominating the Philadelphia Eagles from the outset to clinch a 42-0 shut-out victory

AP , PHILADELPHIA

Michael Boulware of the Seattle Seahawks leaps into the endzone to score a touchdown in the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday at Lincoln Financial Field in PHiladelphia, Pennsylvania.

PHOTO: AFP

Interception returns for touchdowns by Andre Dyson and Lofa Tatupu helped Seattle rout the Philadelphia Eagles 42-0 on Monday for the Seahawks' record-tying eighth consecutive NFL win.

The Seahawks (10-2) dominated from the outset, their eighth consecutive win tying a team record set in 1984.

They gained only 194 yards overall -- the Seahawks top-ranked offense was averaging 386 -- but didn't need to do much after taking a 35-0 halftime lead.

Seattle, which got two short touchdown runs from NFL rushing leader Shaun Alexander, sort of sneaked its way to the top of the conference and barely survived the New York Giants last week.

In the Monday spotlight, though, the NFC West division champions filled the scoreboard.

The only negative came when Dyson, after he returned Ryan Moats' fumble 25 yards for another touchdown on the first play of the second half, sprained his left ankle. Dyson was carried off the field by several teammates.

It was the worst home loss for Philadelphia (5-7) since they were beaten 49-0 by Green Bay in 1962. Indeed, as Dyson scored on his fumble return, Lincoln Financial Field emptied out. The majority of fans stayed that long only because the Eagles retired Reggie White's No. 92 at halftime.

The Eagles, who had six turnovers, were shut out for the first time since 2003 when Tampa Bay beat them 17-0 in the first game in the new stadium. And they lost running back Brian Westbrook with a sprained foot.

It didn't take long for Seattle's powerful offense to begin the scoring. Matt Hasselbeck, flushed to the right, found Bobby Engram wide open in the end zone for an 11-yard pass after Philadelphia's Jeremiah Trotter and Quintin Mikell collided.

Philadelphia's own productive drive ended ignominiously when quarterback Mike McMahon stared consecutive at receiver Greg Lewis. Dyson read the pass perfectly, picked it off and raced 72 yards down the left sideline for a 14-0 lead.

Early in the second quarter, McMahon threw directly to middle linebacker Tatupu, who raced 38 yards to make it 21-0.

Alexander then scored his pair of TDs for a league-leading 22. He finished with 49 yards rushing, the first time in more than a year he had fewer than 60 yards. But he didn't play in the second half.

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