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2016 Seattle Seahawks Yearbook

THE BEST 10 PLAYS OF MARSHAWN LYNCH’S SEAHAWKS CAREER With Marshawn Lynch indicating on February 7 his plans to retire after a nine-year NFL career, which included six seasons in Seattle, here is a look back at some of his best and most memorable plays in a Seahawks uniform. 1. Beast Quake. Were you expecting anything else? Before Seattle’s playoff win over New Orleans in the 2010 postseason, Lynch had not rushed for 100 yards as a Seahawk and was still a long ways from becoming one of the most beloved players in franchise history. But with a remarkable 67-yard score that helped clinch an upset victory over the Saints, Lynch immediately secured his place in Seahawks lore, and kicked off a four-year stretch from 2011 to 2014 that would see him establish himself as one of the NFL’s best running backs, while also helping the Seahawks fi nd their identity. 2. 79-yard touchdown run vs. Arizona in 2014. For almost any other running back, this would unquestionably be the No. 1 highlight in a career. But for Lynch, his tackle-breaking, sideline tight-rope walking score, which was the longest carry of his career, comes in No. 2, because, well, you know why. 3. Go-ahead 24-yard touchdown run against Green Bay in the NFC championship. This run capped one of the most unlikely comebacks in NFL postseason history, and while it wasn’t the play that sent Seattle to the Super Bowl thanks to the Packers forcing overtime, it was part of yet another big postseason performance for Lynch, who rushed for 157 yards on 25 carries. 4. 40-yard touchdown run vs. San Francisco in the NFC championship. The run itself was impressive, from the way Lynch hit the hole to his ability to accelerate into daylight to the tackles he broke before tumbling into the end zone, but just as impressive was how Lynch, once again, had a big game against what at the time was one of the league’s stingiest defenses. From when Jim Harbaugh took over the 49ers in 2011, almost no teams or individuals had success against the 49ers running the ball, but Lynch was the exception, going over 100 yards six times in 10 career games against San Francisco, postseason included. 5. 15-yard touchdown run vs. Philadelphia in 2011. When Lynch took the handoff from Tarvaris Jackson, he immediately ran into a pile of white jerseys, but Lynch kept churning his legs and eventually popped out of the scrum to run into the end zone. One of the more obvious example of Lynch’s ability to keep plays alive even when they look dead from the start. 6. 43-yard run vs. Houston in 2013. Lynch didn’t score on this play, so it wasn’t quite as memorable as some of his top runs, but for sheer tackle-breaking ability and unbelievable balance, this run is tough to beat. Backed up inside their own 5-yard line, Lynch gave the Seahawks some needed breathing room by breaking several tackles on a long scamper down the right sideline. 7. 31-yard touchdown run vs. New Orleans in the divisional round of the 2013 postseason This wasn’t even Lynch’s best touchdown against New Orleans in a playoff game, but it was still a very impressive one. On a rainy, windy day when passing success was hard to come by, Lynch carried the load for the eventual Super Bowl champs, rushing for 140 yards and two touchdowns. 8. 27-yard touchdown run vs. Washington in divisional round of the 2012 postseason. Lynch’s fourth-quarter run, which featured a nasty cutback in the open fi eld, was part of a big second-half comeback. Lynch’s best play in the game, however, might have been the Russell Wilson fumble Lynch scooped up and turned into a big gain. Down 14-3 at the time, the Seahawks could have fallen into too big of a hole to overcome had Washington recovered that fumbled exchange between Wilson and Lynch. 9. 8-yard catch vs. Baltimore in 2011. Before the Seahawks could run out the clock in a 2011 victory against Baltimore, a win that started a strong second half to that season for Seattle, they needed another fi rst down. Jackson hit Lynch with a short pass on third-and-5, and Lynch left two Ravens defenders, one of whom was Ray Lewis, grasping at air with a nasty cut. Not only was this an impressive individual effort, it helped clinch an important win for a team trying to fi nd its way. 10. 77-yard touchdown run vs. Detroit in 2012. Lynch wasn’t known for his straight-line speed during his career, but he could turn it on when necessary, and did so on what at the time was the longest run of his career. 30


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