The Saints coming to town brings back memories of a 67-yard touchdown run you may recall. Let's start with the visual evidence, which left color analyst Mike Mayock stuck on a single phrase, "Are you kidding me?!" That also describes the look on the faces of Matt Hasselbeck and Drew Brees, for different reasons, after the run.
I wrote about that for today's paper.
Here's Lynch breaking down the run for NFL Films shortly after it happened (per usual, he wouldn't talk to us about it this week):
There were several comments about the run I left out of my story. Some bonus material:
Saints quarterback Drew Brees:
“Well is that how he got the name beast mode? I mean it was ridiculous. It was one of the best runs that I’ve ever seen. Unfortunately I had to be on the other sideline for that. The guy is a phenomenal player, and I think you can pretty much flip on any game and watch him do that to somebody. It wasn’t just us, he does that to a lot of people.”
Saints coach Sean Payton:
“I didn’t need to go back and watch it. It was probably shown for a good month on every type of highlight film. It was an amazing run; there wasn’t enough Skittles in the stadium for him on that play. Look, it was a hard fought game and a tough loss and credit Seattle in that it started off as a 10-nothing game; it kind of went back and forth and like any game of that nature there’s a handful of plays that end up being the difference and the one you’re talking about was one of those plays. But what’s different about a play like that compared to a long pass or even a return for a touchdown, an explosive run that’s physical… that’s why the running game sometimes is very important. We talk about it being like body shots in boxing. You don’t get immediate results sometimes, yet you just can’t stop. There is an attrition that can take place and there was a great example of a play that not only blocked well, but a back, who late in the game had really worn down the defense and made a tremendous play. So you just hope you’re on the other side of the ball more often than not when it comes to plays like that.”
Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson:
"We blocked it totally wrong. There was like five unblocked guys. I think he even said it before, the run was kind of symbolic of how his life has been. He struggled early with off-field issues, you feel like you get going, then something else. ...
"What I can remember about the run is, it was very, very loud. The ground was shaking. (After) It was just OK, kickoff … I’ll give him a high-five later.
"I was born in ‘83, that was the greatest run in my lifetime, that I’ve seen personally. Marcus Allen had a great run in the Super Bowl. (Lynch's) had to be the greatest run in playoff history in my life."
"He was excited. He was excited. He is symbolic of how we like to play: aggressive, hitter’s mentality, strain, give all you got."
Seahawks left tackle Russell Okung:
"We knew what kind of player he was. We were just stepping into who we were. To see what he did, it was phenomenal. Best run I’ve ever seen in my life. Especially in person.
"It was very exhilarating, that experience itself. You’re just really in awe of everything going on. I kind of like stopped and watched it. If you look in the highlights, you won’t see me celebrating in there. I just really stopped and was watching what he was doing. I was amazed.
"In the offseason when I went home, they just couldn’t believe it, you know? Marshawn’s, to me, is the best running back in the league."
Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate:
"The balance and the strength in his legs are just incredible. I don’t think that’s something you can teach. On top of that, he works extremely hard.
"I was a rookie … to sit on the sideline and see him dominate the entire defense and score, says a lot about his mentality and his body control.
"The place was definitely shaking. They showed that highlight for the rest of the year. That was a highlight we saw a couple times a day. It’s ... it’s incredible. There’s not many people who can do things like that. He’s one of them."
Links (not a lot out there coming off the holiday):
> The Times Picayune touched on Lynch's run, too.
> NFL Films is making a series about Phish and the Seahawks.
> The Times Picayune looks at the Seahawks' secondary situation.
> Seahawks.com puts together a promotional post arguing that Golden Tate should go to the Pro Bowl.