People are still talking about it.
It has been called by many fans and media sources alike, “The greatest run I have ever seen.”
It was bound to happen at some point for Marshwn Lynch. All year long he has been running like a Beast, however, has had little to show for it but pride. You see him fight harder than any other runningback in Seahawks history for every yard. He plays with no fear of injury, and you never get the feeling that he is just padding the stats. He gives 100% on every play in every game.
As great as Shaun Alexander was for the Seahawks, he never ran like that. Ever.
Before the biggest upset in the history of the NFL playoffs happened, Marshawn was introduced alongside his college teammate, Justin Forsett. After emerging from the tunnel, each running back stood with his back to the other, one with his arms crossed and the other pointing up to the sky. Neither trying to take from the other. A rare case of character and friendship in a business driven league. These two friends realize that their styles compliment one another in turn making them each a better player. The Beast and the Priest as they have been called.
You have to love this tandem despite the poor rushing production all season long. Marshwn is averaging 3.5 ypc. This doesn’t seem like much, however, it should be noted that Lynch has been routinely hit in the backfield and been forced to create a little something out of nothing. Say what you want about his 3.5ypc, but in my opinion, it’s the toughest 3.5 yard average in the NFL.
The match-up in Chicago is almost the opposite of the Saints the previous week. New Orleans was ranked 4th against the pass and 16th against the rush. Chicago, on the other hand, is ranked 2nd against the run and 20th against the pass. One would not expect Lynch to have the same game against Chicago, however, momentum can do crazy things to opposing defenses, and Lynch has more momentum than any other player in the NFL right now.
Nobody in the media gave them a chance. The phrase, “they don’t deserve to be here,” was the dagger of choice for media and fans alike. I expect this from the media, but the fans? Really? Can we finally stop talking about the draft pick? Hawkman?
They won. And guess what? Most of the major media sources give credit to… the Saints for not showing up.
This is absolutely ridiculous. The Hawks put up 41 points on the 4th ranked defense in the NFL. Matt Hasselbeck destroyed the defense with his arm and Marshawn Lynch destroyed them with his legs.
I could not be happier for Hasselbeck right now. He is one of the greatest most tenured Seahawks of all time whose star looked to be fading. Many fans had given up on him thinking that he had lost his magic (I already apologized). However, yesterday he proved to have some left in the tank. Just enough for one more run with the team he has earned the right to lead. Well done old friend. That was a performance for the ages. One that has hopefully solidified Matt’s Ring of Honor status and his place in Seahawks lore.
Now “The run.” What are we going to call this? It deserves a name. Was this the greatest play in Seahawks history? It has to be the greatest running play. I have never seen a runner break 8 tackles and defy a defense so badly. I like to picture Jim Brown and Barry Sanders watching that play together saying to each other, “Now that’s how we used to take care of business.” Thank you Marshawn for the greatest run in Seahawks history and for putting the nail in the coffin of the Super Bowl Champions.
Congratulations to everyone who still believed in this team. It’s hard being a Seahawk fan, and the media doesn’t make it any easier. Neither do the fair weather fans. You know who you are. Feel good this week as your team defied the universe to win this game. Your team is an up and coming franchise with a white hot coach and more momentum than any team in the NFL right now. GO HAWKS!