Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks Sweep Rams with 30-13 Victory on Monday Night Football

Roman UschakCorrespondent IDecember 13, 2011

Seattle Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch in action against the St. Louis Rams in the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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Talk about Tasting the Rainbow.

A 16-yard touchdown run by Seattle RB Marshawn Lynch in the fourth quarter sent down a rain of Skittles candies behind the end zone at CenturyLink Field as the host Seahawks (6-7) topped the visiting St. Louis Rams (2-11) by a 30-13 count on Monday Night Football, and also kept their slim playoff hopes alive on a cold night in the Emerald City.

"I could have caught them, that's how close they got to me," Lynch said to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer afterwards about the cascading candies.

Lynch, who received national acclaim (and possibly an endorsement deal) after he was seen scarfing down Skittles on the sidelines during Seattle's 31-14 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Dec. 1, tied a team record by rushing for at least one touchdown in his ninth consecutive game. He also ran 23 times for 115 yards, and is closing in on 1,000 yards for the third time in his NFL career.

Rookie WR Doug Baldwin got things going for the Seahawks when he blocked a punt by the Rams'  Donnie Jones just over five minutes into the game. The ball was then scooped up and run back 17 yards for a score by Michael Robinson to give Seattle a lead it would never relinquish.

Seattle QB Tarvaris Jackson completed 21-of-32 passes for 224 yards, including a 29-yard touchdown toss to Baldwin early in the third quarter that broke open a 13-6 game. He also didn't throw an interception for the second consecutive week, both Seahawks wins.

Baldwin finished with seven catches for 93 yards and the one score to go along with his blocked punt, while PK Steven Hauschka made three of four field goals for the Seahawks, two of which were over 40 yards. Seattle's offense racked up 359 total yards and was 8-for-16 in third-down situations, while the defense recorded three sacks and an interception.

St. Louis QB Sam Bradford was 12-of-29 for 193 yards and the interception, while RB Steven Jackson rushed 20 times for 63 yards and the Rams' lone touchdown with 4:39 remaining in regulation. The Rams also finished 3-for-13 on third down, while LB James Laurinaitis led all players on the night with 12 tackles.

The Seahawks have now won four of their last five games overall this season, and 13 of their last 14 meetings with the Rams to date, including a 24-7 win in Missouri last month. Seattle visits Chicago next week, while St. Louis hosts Cincinnati.