Seahawks ride the beast into the NFC Championship
SEATTLE - The wind was howling, the rain was falling, and the Beast was running.
Marshawn Lynch couldn't have picked a better time to end his 6-game streak of sub 100-yard rushing games than Saturdays NFC Divisional Round Playoff Game against the Saints.
On a day where Russell Wilson struggled to pass a wet football over 100 yards, Lynch rattled off 140 yards and 2 touchdowns.
"He's unbelievable when he gets going," said teammate Doug Baldwin. "I can't say enough about him, his passion, you see it when he runs the ball. He doesn't want to go down, he's giving everything out there for his teammates and he's unreal to watch."
Lynch runs with a reckless abandon that allows him to roll over defenders and slip away from would be tacklers. Every time he touches the ball at CenturyLink field a roar erupts. It may end up as a short 4 yard gain, a run to the end zone or even negative yardage; regardless, every time Lynch gets a carry it has the potential to be a game breaking play.
Pete Carroll knows what type of weapon he has in Lynch and he takes care of it. Lynch can singlehandedly beat down another team over the course of game and most of all, he's durable.
"He's had such a consistent run for us for 3 years now. I saw a stat the other day that it was three-straight, 1000-yard years and 10-plus touchdowns. He just continues to crank it out for us."
Saturday was no exception. Lynch wore down the Saints defense and scored what would be the game winning touchdown late in the 4th quarter on a 31 yard touchdown run. The back fueled by Skittles isn't showing any signs of running out of gas in the post season and that's a good thing for the Seahawks.
On the gigantic NFL stage Lynch shines in the limelight. But in front of the bright lights of the TV Cameras after a game, he's uncomfortable and eager to be on his way to more important things. Mobbed at his locker following the win over the Saints, Lynch was peppered with question after question. Responses were short and to the point.
Asked about the win over New Orleans and what it means, Lynch didn't mince words, "It just means we get another opportunity to play another game."
An opportunity the Seahawks wouldn't have without Marshawn Lynch.