Marshawn Lynch was overcome by the moment. As he tried to describe possibly the greatest touchdown run in Seattle Seahawks history, a few tears began to form at the edges of his eyes.
This was the same man who simply refused to be tackled when he sealed the Seahawks’ improbable 41-36 playoff win over the New Orleans Saints with a ferocious and fabulous 67-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter?
A week after screaming, “We are going to the playoffs!” repeatedly in his postgame interview, Lynch seemed humbled Saturday.
“It’s something to build off of for next week,” he said in a low voice. “It was a pretty good feeling for us all.”
The Seahawks lined up at their own 33-yard line with 3:38 left to play, clinging to a 34-30 lead and desperate to just run the clock out for the upset win.
Facing second down and 10, the Seahawks wanted positive yardage and perhaps a first down. What they got was a highlight that will be played over and over.
The play call was “17 Power.” And it hadn’t been called once the entire game.
“I don’t even know if it was even in the game plan,” said right tackle Sean Locklear. “We had called zone plays all game.
“Everyone just blocked down and he went right over the guard,” Locklear said. “That’s old-school power football.”
And it was perfect for an old-school runner, who doesn’t shy away from contact, and instead relishes it.
“Marshawn has the speed, but he’ll also run you over,” said teammate Craig Terrill. “He’s got his own unique style.
Lynch has famously called it “Beast Mode.”
Initially the run didn’t seem destined for the end zone. Lynch squeezed through a small opening provided by fullback Michael Robinson and the left side of the line and then cut back to the right. He broke the tackle of linebacker Scott Shanle at the line of scrimmage. And then he powered through the tackles of safety Darren Sharper and nose tackle Remi Ayodele.
Once in the secondary, Lynch wasn’t satisfied.
“He’s just out there trying to get every inch,” teammate Marcus Trufant said. “He’s a fighter. He fights for every yard on every play.”
Jabari Greer came at Lynch from the left, and he simply ran through the tackle. Next up was Tracy Porter.Lynch threw the cornerback to the ground like he was swatting at a pesky fly.
“That’s the whole mentality he’s brought to us,” said teammate Brandon Stokley. “One guy cannot bring that man down.”
From there, defensive end Alex Brown dove for Lynch’s feet from behind, but he stepped out of the tackle at the 17-yard line.
Lynch then headed toward the goal line with blockers all around him. And just as he was ready to score, he sidestepped a tackle attempt from Roman Harper before leaping into the end zone, sending Qwest Field and the sidelines into a raucous frenzy.
“I’ve never seen such a great run,” Terrill said. “That will go down as one of the best runs ever, especially considering the situation.”
Said Stokley: “It was the best I’ve ever seen. It was unbelievable. He just ran through the whole team.”
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