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SEATTLE – BeastQuake 3.
Marshawn Lynch's 40-yard touchdown run in the third quarter of the NFC championship game set off the second-largest tremor in the history of CenturyLink Field.
"It was definitely bigger than the one last week," said Jon Connolly of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network.
The initial "BeastQuake," caused by a Lynch touchdown in 2011 in the playoffs against the New Orleans Saints, would have measured about a 2 on the Richter scale, according to PNSN seismologist John Vidale. Last week's fan quake, also caused by a Lynch score ("BeastQuake 2"), was thought to be the biggest but later proved to be smaller than the original.
The PNSN staff on site here at the stadium set up three instruments (Hawk 1, Hawk 2 and Hawk 3) before the NFC title game to measure activity on Sunday. The first half brought little commotion, but the third quarter featured the home team's first touchdown and a meaningful jolt.
"We definitely felt that," Connolly yelled into his cell phone in the din after the touchdown. It was clear from the seismograph on Connolly's screen that Sunday's quake eclipsed last week's tremor but not the 2011 standard.
The game was played in front of the largest crowd in stadium history. Lynch's touchdown tied the game at 10.