|Date of game: 11/2/2014
Recap: Seattle vs. Oakland
Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - "Beast Mode" needed a big push to score his first touchdown.
The Seattle Seahawks needed a little extra to get past the winless Oakland Raiders in the rain.
Marshawn Lynch scored two touchdowns in the first half, the first after his teammates shoved him into the end zone, and the Seahawks recovered an onside kick at the end of the game to hold off the Raiders for a 30-24 win on Sunday.
Lynch's two scores and Bruce Irvin's 35-yard touchdown on an interception return helped the Seahawks (5-3) build a 24-3 lead in the first half.
Later, a couple of Steven Hauschka field goals in the fourth quarter gave them the cushion they needed after the Raiders (0-8) scored two touchdowns in the third, including one on a blocked punt.
Derek Carr's second 1-yard touchdown pass to Mychal Rivera came with 1:52 left in the game but the Raiders couldn't recover an onside kick attempt even after it went through the hands of Seattle tight end Cooper Helfet.
"We played so well in the first half," said Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. "Then we ran into some problems, a bunch of three-and-outs, we had a punt blocked -- some things that are uncharacteristic of what we normally do. ... So to get the win and keep moving forward, I'm feeling really good about how hard we played. We accomplished something really good today."
Lynch had 21 carries and five catches for 143 combined yards for the Seahawks, who played at CenturyLink Field for the first time since a 30-23 loss to Dallas on Oct. 12. They haven't dropped back-to-back games at home in more than two years.
The Raiders have lost 14 in a row going into next Sunday's game against Peyton Manning and AFC West-leading Denver. Carr passed for 194 yards and threw two interceptions that led to 10 Seattle points in the first half.
Russell Wilson passed for 179 yards and rushed for another 31 for Seattle, which stayed within two games of NFC West-leading Arizona.
The Raiders got a boost four plays into the second half when Denico Autry squeezed through the line at the Seattle 37 to block Jon Ryan's punt and Brice Butler fell on the ball in the end zone, trimming Seattle's lead to 24-10.
Later, the Raiders took a chance on fourth down at the 1-yard line and Carr rolled right to find Rivera, who leapt to make the catch in the back of the end zone despite tight coverage by Richard Sherman.
But Lynch's 39-yard catch-and-run led to Steven Hauschka's 30-yard field goal on the second play of the fourth quarter and Hauschka's third field goal of the game -- from 40 yards -- pushed Seattle's lead to 30-17 with 9:19 to play.
Carr's pass to Rivera in the left side of the end zone gave the Raiders a shot, but Jermaine Kearse recovered the onside kick attempt after Helfet dropped it.
"We came here to win a football game. We didn't come here to come close," said Raiders interim coach Tony Sparano. "The bottom line is, if you turn the ball over three times in the first half and you're playing catch-up against a good team like this on the road in their environment, it makes it really hard to (win)."
Earlier, after Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 48-yard field goal on the game's first drive, Lynch gave Seattle the lead on a 3-yard run at the other end that was more a team effort than usual.
Lynch was initially stopped by safety Charles Woodson and linebacker Sio Moore just past the line of scrimmage, but he kept moving his legs, even as tackle Pat Sims had a hold of his right foot. Several Seattle linemen and wide receiver Ricardo Lockette helped push Lynch into the end zone in a pile.
Irvin tipped a pass to himself and beat Carr to the end zone for his 35-yard interception return, which gave Seattle a 14-3 lead on the final play of the first quarter.
It was the first of three straight turnovers forced by the Seahawks.
"Offensively we know we can play better. I know I can play better," said Wilson. "The defense played spectacularly today. They made a lot of plays. Offensively we just have to click better."
Sherman intercepted Carr near the right sideline to set up Hauschka's 34-yard field goal and Hauschka recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff after Kearse stripped T.J. Carrie. That led to a 46-yard miss by Hauschka.
Lynch had a much easier 5-yard touchdown run with 54 seconds left in the first half, bursting through a big hole to give Seattle a 24-3 lead, which stood at the break after Janikowski pulled a 51-yard field goal try wide right.Game Notes
Seattle hasn't lost consecutive games at home since falling to Atlanta and
Cincinnati on Oct. 2 and 30, 2011 ... Oakland's last win came at Houston on
Nov. 17 last year.