Seahawks running back gets his just rewards after 115 yards and a TD

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Marshawn Lynch saw the package of Skittles coming his way in the fourth quarter.

Trouble was he had his hands full after scoring on a 16-yard run, and no sooner had he reached the end zone than someone had thrown a package of his favorite candy his way.

“I could have caught them,” Lynch said. “That’s how close they got to me.”

Lynch finished the game with 23 carries for 115 yards, and he scored for the ninth consecutive game, matching Shaun Alexander’s franchise record.

As for Lynch’s tradition of snacking on Skittles after he scores a touchdown? That dates to his mother buying him candy as a reward when he was growing up. NFL Films focused on the Skittles in its analysis of his 67-yard touchdown run against the Saints, and now it has become quite a fad.

“He’s going to make me change my diet,” quarterback Tarvaris Jackson said.

Block party

Seattle’s Doug Baldwin blocked Donnie Jones’ first-quarter punt, which Michael Robinson scooped up and returned 17 yards for a touchdown.

It was the second time in two years the Seahawks scored on a blocked punt.

Earl Thomas scored off Kennard Cox’s blocked punt against Kansas City on Nov. 28, 2010.

Before that, Seattle had not scored off a blocked punt since 2001.

The Butler did it

Deon Butler gained 8 yards on his first-quarter reception, but that really doesn’t give a true indication of just how far he has come.

Butler suffered a badly broken leg at San Francisco on Dec. 12, 2010, and exactly one year later he caught his first pass of the season.

Butler had to have extensive surgery, and there was some question if he would be able to ever come back. He began the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list and missed the first nine games.

Monday was the second game he was active, and first time he caught a pass.

“It felt good to get out there and show that I’m back and start contributing and making plays like these other guys,” Butler said.

BB gun

Brandon Browner intercepted Sam Bradford’s first pass of the second half on a play that looked familiar.

The resemblance had nothing to do with the fact Browner had intercepted three passes in his previous two games, and everything to do with the fact Seattle played St. Louis just three weeks ago, meaning he was especially prepared.

“I caught that pick on a play that I was ready for,” Browner said. “I should have picked it when we were in St. Louis. I dropped it. Same route, and I happened to catch it this game.”

That was Browner’s fourth interception in the past three games and fifth this season. That is the most interceptions by any Seahawks cornerback in any season since Marcus Trufant picked off seven passes in 2007.

It’s the first time since 1997 that a Seahawk has intercepted a pass in three consecutive games.

Flag football

Richard Sherman needed clarification when he was asked about his penalty.

“Which one?” he asked, only a little exasperated. “They called so many on me, you couldn’t keep track.”

The Seahawks were called for nine penalties Monday. Five of those were against two starting cornerbacks, including four on Sherman.

He was penalized for defensive pass interference in the end zone in the third quarter, twice for illegal contact, but it was a 15-yard penalty for taunting in the fourth quarter that really stood out.

Sherman had just made a play to knock the ball away from receiver Danario Alexander on third down in the end zone. Instead of facing fourth-and-goal at the 1, the Rams got a first down after the penalty.

“I said a little something to him,” Sherman said. “It probably wasn’t enough for a penalty, but well, they called it.”

Coach Pete Carroll was asked about reining in his defensive backs after the game.

“I love the way they’re playing,” Carroll said. “I really do. I just want to play a little bit headier football.”

As for the taunting penalty?

“That’s a dumb play,” Carroll said. “That’s not us, and that’s not what should happen. But the mistakes they’re making because they’re aggressive, that’s different than yapping at somebody after a play.”

Danny O’Neil: 206-464-2364 or doneil@seattletimes.com. On Twitter @dannyoneil.

Feeding the Beast
Marshawn Lynch broke 100 yards rushing for the fifth time in six games.
Date Opp Result Att Yards TD
Nov. 6 @ Dallas L, 23-13 23 135 1
Nov. 13 Baltimore W, 22-17 32 109 1
Nov. 20 @ St. Louis W, 24-7 27 88 1
Nov. 27 Washington L, 23-17 24 111 0
Dec. 1 Philadelphia W, 31-14 22 148 2
Dec. 12 St. Louis W, 30-13 23 115 1