5 Reasons Why Marshawn Lynch’s Beast Quake Run Was Historic Moment For Seattle Seahawks

5 Reasons Why Marshawn Lynch's Beast Quake Run was Historic

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Marshawn Lynch's 67-yard touchdown run to beat the Saints in the Wild Card Playoffs Jan. 8, 2011, was just selected the most memorable play in Seattle Seahawks history by ESPN. Look on the web anywhere for a video of that run. I'll wait. Watch it again and we can discuss why it was historically significant on multiple levels.

5. Simply a Beautiful Run

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5. Simply a Beautiful Run

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Take the play out of any strategical or historical context. Show it to someone who knows nothing of football. They'll get it. Lynch was the strongest and fastest athlete on the field at that moment. See the lateral movement and the acceleration. Note the vision to break the run back to the right. Watch the balance and power as he stiff-arms Tracy Porter. That is how to use your feet to deliver a blow. Boxers and baseball players understand this.

4. The Dagger to the Saints' Heart

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4. The Dagger to the Saints' Heart

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With about four minutes on the clock, Seattle had a 34-30 lead. They needed to kill those four minutes and leave with a victory. Rather than plodding down the field and letting the seconds tick away, Lynch gave the Seahawks a two-score lead and pierced the heart of New Orleans. With the crowd in a frenzy and only three minutes to go, the Saints' spirits were crushed. It was time to hang your heads and go home.

3. Sweet Moment in a Sour Year

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3. Sweet Moment in a Sour Year

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That was the 7-9 year. Seattle was 2-7 from Week 8 to Week 16, including a 33-3 loss to the Raiders. They looked terrible most of the year. The 2010 Seahawks are the only team in NFL history to make the playoffs with a losing record. How bad was the rest of the NFC West? Fans were grumbling that they didn't deserve to host a playoff game. What were they doing in the playoffs anyway? Winning.

2. Solidified the Beast Mode and 12th Man Brand

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2. Solidified the Beast Mode and 12th Man Brand

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Lynch is typically quiet and mellow, but on the football field he says he goes into "Beast Mode". That's no longer just a motto for him. It's a trademark he owns. Seahawks fans have always had a loud reputation, but on this day they were measured on the Richter scale. Your fans use a decibel meter. Seattle fans use a seismograph. Who's the loudest? That's no longer a question.

1. Announced the Beginning of an Era

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1. Announced the Beginning of an Era

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This was Pete Carroll's first year as head coach. He turned over the roster tremendously. He would start with a pair of 7-9 seasons, but this game showed what the team was capable of. Against the 11-5 defending Super Bowl champions, they showed no fear. With their fans behind them, they trampled everyone in their way under the hooves of their Beast. It would only get better from there.


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