More injuries. More mysterious stretches of Marshawn Lynch disappearing from the play calls. And a 17-14 deficit for the Seahawks to the previously struggling New York Giants at halftime.
Defensive tackle Brandon Mebane was blowing up New York's double teams to begin the game, then he was lost for the game to a hamstring injury.
Tight end Luke Willson, filling in as starter Zach Miller remains a while from returning from ankle surgery, limped off with his own ankle injury in the second quarter. That made the decision before the game to keep newly signed Tony Moeaki inactive more important, because Cooper Helfet (one career NFL start) is currently the only healthy tight end for Seattle. The Seahawks have used undrafted rookie backup tackle and guard Garry Gilliam as an extra tight end throughout the first half.
On Lynch's second touchdown run of the half from the 2-yard line late in the second quarter, the Seahawks were in a spread, three-wide receiver formation.
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Lynch had four touches for 39 of the 80 yards to begin the game -- including a 23-yard catch and run on a bubble screen on the Seahawks' first play -- as Seattle had a six-play drive to the game's first touchdown. Then, in the next two drives, Lynch didn't get a carry. He wasn't on the field for the third drive, as Robert Turbin and Christine Michael ran it. Lynch ripped off a 13-yard run to begin Seattle's fourth possession, then left for two plays as Turbin ran it. Turbin fumbled the second carry and the Giants recovered near midfield.
Lynch came off the sideline and past the yard-line numbers to greet Turbin and encourage his backup following the fumble.
Lynch has 11 carries for 56 yards. Russell Wilson threw a first-play interception to begin Seattle's second possession to set up the Giants' touchdown that tied the game at 7 late in the first quarter, and is 5 for 8 passing for 83 yards. It was Wilson's fourth interception in 245 attempts this season, and his 13th in 652 throws over the last two regular seasons.
Wilson has taken off more on read-option runs early in this game than he has in recent weeks, and has 68 yards on six carries.
Eli Manning beat Seattle's sixth blitz of the first half on third down to extend New York's go-ahead, hurry-up offense drive to Josh Brown's go-ahead field goal on the final play of the half. Manning is 16 for 23 passing for 192 yards.
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