Five years ago today, Marshawn Lynch became a household name.
The Seattle Seahawks hosted a playoff game after winning the NFC West with a 7-9 record (the west was basically the AFC South of 2010). Seattle had no business even being on the same field with the New Orleans Saints, who put up an 11-5 record that season, but had to play on the road after finishing second in the NFC South.
Despite the Saints building a 17-7 lead early on, the Seahawks were able to make a quick comeback and take the lead. They held a 34-30 advantage with just over three minutes left in the game before Marshawn went full “Beast Mode” for the first time in his career.
Lynch’s game-closing play will forever be known as “The Beast Quake,” as he broke eight tackles on his way to the end zone in arguably the most impressive touchdown run of all time. That’s where “Beast Mode” was born.
Fast-forwarding to the future, Marshawn is expected to return for the playoffs after sitting out for most of the regular season with an abdominal injury. Perhaps another quake will occur this weekend in Minnesota.