The team was unable to create any sort of offensive rhythm, Russell Wilson was being dominated by the Niners’ secondary and most importantly, they were down by 10 at halftime. Seattle needed some kind of spark to ignite in the last 30 minutes of the game to avoid being eliminated in their home turf.
And then Marshawn Lynch came through.
The star RB went ‘beast mode’ against San Francisco’s defense in the second half and sparked the Seahawks’ offense with a 40-yard run that resulted in his only touchdown of the game during the third quarter. It didn’t matter that Anquan Boldin had given the 49ers the lead in the next possession because it was noticeable that Seattle was due to comeback late in the game and so they did.
A 10-0 run in the fourth quarter propelled the Seahawks to a huge 23-17 victory that puts them in the Super Bowl XLVIII and a big part of that can be accredited to Marshawn Lynch’s huge performance. Lynch finished the game 109 yards and a score in 22 carries and he was surpsisingly effective moving the chains of the offense as Wilson was never able to settle into rhythm.
The Seahawks will now go into the biggest game of the year with a lot of momentum going their way but they will have to battle against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos who dismantled the New England Patriots earlier today. It will be the best offense of the NFL against the best defensive unit in a game that has all the ingredients to be a sensational party.
It’s a party that Marshawn Lynch also wants to enjoy. He already produced in his two postseason appearances this year and will likely be all fired up for the final game of the year. If he’s at his best, then the Seahawks’ chances of lifting the Vince Lombardi Trophy are quite high.