Sep 13, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) is tackled by the St. Louis Rams defense during the first half at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Marshawn Lynch is arguably the most recognizable Seattle Seahawk. He’s one of the most popular, successful players in the history of the franchise, and has served as the cornerstone of the offense during the team’s best years. He’s revered as a sort of treasure in Seattle. And for good reason: he plays football quite unlike anyone who’s ever come before him.
Lynch’s status as an icon was cemented when he broke nine tackles during a 67-yard touchdown run to bury the then-defending champion New Orleans Saints in the first round of the 2011 playoffs. He’s railed off several similar runs in the years since. But on Sunday he did something virtually unprecedented: he ran for a first down despite being surrounded by the entire Rams’ defense.
To Lynch it must have been simple: the Seahawks needed a first down, and he had the ball in his hands. And so he made it ten yards forward, registering the first down and putting his team where they needed to be. But he didn’t run – he lumbered forwards, dragging with him an entire NFL defense. He didn’t break any tackles because he wasn’t tackled. Because he just… moved forward, even though he was surrounded on all sides by huge men who’s only goal was to stop him from moving forward.
So! Tyler Lockett, Cary Williams, or Marshawn Lynch – who provided the best moment?
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