Remembering Marshawn Lynch’s legendary “Beast Quake” run a decade later

Lindsey Wisniewski
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Remembering Marshawn Lynch’s legendary “Beast Quake” run a decade later originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

It’s the play that rocked Qwest Field and rattled downtown Seattle to its core. Quite literally.

On Jan. 8, 2021, we celebrate the greatest run in Seahawks history, the moment Marshawn Lynch gave us the Beast Quake.

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The bulldoze, the stiff-arm, the crotch grab...  in all, the legendary Seahawks running back broke nine tackles during the course of a 67-yard touchdown run en route to Seattle's underdog victory over the reigning New Orleans Saints on Jan. 8, 2011. 

"If you wasn't in this stadium to see it and to hear it, I feel that you're bein' shortchanged by watching the video. It was that damn loud," Lynch said in an interview with ESPN's "E:60.”That was Beast Mode."

But the epic Beast Quake was more than a heroic run. It was an earthquake. The 12th man shook the stands so violently that those vibrations in the ground registered as a man-made earthquake, a M=2 on the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network.  

People on the streets of Seattle still remember where they were, what they felt and the epic play that became one of the most iconic moments in sports history.

While Lynch didn’t capture any earth-shaking moments in his return to Seattle last season, Beast Mode rushed 30 times for 67 yards as he produced four touchdowns while replacing injured backs Chris Carson, Rashaad Penny and CJ Prosise.

With Seattle’s backfield healthy as the playoffs begin on Saturday vs. the Los Angeles Rams, the Seahawks are not likely to call upon Lynch to suit up again. Pete Carroll indicated earlier this season that the team was open to a him returning and would “look at everything.”

As for 34-year-old Marshawn?

“If the situation is right then it could happen,” Lynch said in December. “I’ve been asked the question by a couple teams here recently. Like, ‘Are you ready?’ I’m ready if y’all are Super Bowl ready. That’s what it would take me to come out and play again. it would have to be a guaranteed Super Bowl game for me.”

Never say never.