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NFL: Seattle capitalize on Philly’s four turnovers to win


The Seattle Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch, center, scores a 15-yard touchdown after trudging his way through the Philadelphia Eagles defense during the first quarter of their game at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington, on Thursday night.

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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Vince Young was in a charitable mood on Thursday, gifting the Seahawks four interceptions, three of which were converted into touchdowns, as Seattle eased to a 31-14 home victory.

The loss at CenturyLink Field further dims the playoff hopes of the disappointing Eagles, who fell to the bottom of the NFC East with a 4-8 record.

Philadelphia have struggled to overcome the loss of explosive quarterback Michael Vick, who missed a third straight start with injured ribs, and leading receiver Jeremy Maclin, who has also been sidelined for three games because of injury.

On Thursday, cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha left in the first half with a possible concussion and did not return.

“We kind of felt Vince would throw it up to us a lot. He likes to take chances,” Seattle safety Kam Chancellor told reporters. “So we knew if we were in position and played our defense we knew we were capable of getting some picks.”

Young’s night got off to the worst possible start when he was intercepted on Philadelphia’s first possession of the game by Chancellor, leading to a spectacular 15-yard touchdown by Marshawn Lynch five plays later.

Lynch charged and bulled his way through a pile of players at the line of scrimmage before breaking free and running into the end zone. He finished with 148 rushing yards and also scored on a 40-yard sprint in the first half to double Seattle’s lead to 14-0.

LeSean McCoy scored twice for the Eagles, who were within striking distance until David Hawthorne secured the win by intercepting Young and racing 77 yards for the touchdown to complete the scoring with four minutes remaining.

“It was definitely the longest run I ever imagined myself running,” Hawthorne said. “Usually in my dreams, I get them right around 20 and I take them him, but that was a long one. I could never be a kick returner. I would quit.”

Golden Tate also scored a touchdown for Seattle (5-7) on an 11-yard pass from Tavaris Jackson in the third quarter following the first of two interceptions by Brandon Browner. Steven Hauschka converted a 49-yard field goal seconds before halftime.

“Four turnovers. It’s tough to win football games that way,” Eagles head coach Andy Reid said. “All in all we’ve got to do a better job as a football team.”

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