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Sport Lynch’s 'Beast Quake,' as told by Saint who 'melted like soft butter' trying to tackle him

04:30  03 january  2020
04:30  03 january  2020 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

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Marshawn Lynch breaks it 68 yards for the touchdown while the Seahawks surprise the Saints in Seattle Jan 8, 2011. Footage from NBC.

The Beast Quake was an American football play that took place during a 2011 NFC Wild Card playoff game between the Seattle Seahawks and the visiting New Orleans Saints

Jabari Greer can still hear the roar. He couldn’t quite feel Seattle tremble. But he remembers the noise. The crescendo as Marshawn Lynch bounced off one tackle, then a second, then his. The soundtrack to one of the most iconic runs in NFL history.

a group of football players playing a football game: Nine years ago, Marshawn Lynch broke away from the New Orleans Saints in one of the most improbable touchdown runs in NFL history. (AP)© Provided by Yahoo! Sports Nine years ago, Marshawn Lynch broke away from the New Orleans Saints in one of the most improbable touchdown runs in NFL history. (AP)

He remembers a lot about that day, Jan. 8, 2011, but most of all the play it is known for, because he lived it. He was on the field for it. He played an unfortunate role in it. And because his son won’t let him forget.

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Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch runs for the longest TD of his career, breaking tackles for 79 yards. ' Beast Quake ' New Orleans Saints vs. Seattle Seahawks | 2010 NFC Wild Card Game Highlights - Продолжительность: 2:29 NFL 1 437 063 просмотра.

Greer was a starting cornerback on that New Orleans Saints team, the one that went to Seattle expecting to win and instead left devastated by the Beast Quake. Now he’s an NFL analyst for TSN in Toronto. So occasionally he’ll make an off-hand comment, reacting to a game. “Ooh, that cornerback should make that tackle,” he might say.

But where Greer sees innocuous commentary, his teenager sees bait.

“Oh, yeah, kinda like you shoulda made that tackle against Marshawn Lynch,” the 15-year-old might shoot back.

Whatever the mischievous joke, Lynch is invariably the punch-line. And whenever he is, Greer’s up-close view of the play is the inescapable context.

With Beast Mode back in Seattle, and with another Seahawks playoff run near, replays of his legendary moment have returned. As they flooded screens of all kinds across North America, Greer shared his unique perspective with Yahoo Sports. “That was one of the top three loudest moments I’ve ever experienced in football,” he says. “It was deafening. It was intimidating. And you knew – I kinda felt I was in the middle of something. I was in the middle of something special.”

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Shanle wraps Lynch up, but Lynch shrugs him off like a particularly heavy coat. (Danny Kelly, who regularly breaks down plays at Field Gulls, SB It really happened: at least seven New Orleans defenders got their hands on Lynch , and none could tackle him . Future TV replays will avoid the

100% pure, raw effort and showing the meaning of determination, Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks runs through the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Wild Card Crunch time and Beast Mode delivered the greatest touchdown run in the history of the NFL! 8 missed tackles on this run.

This is the story of Lynch’s seismic run, as told by one of the many defensive players who could do nothing about it.

‘There’s no way we’re gonna lose’

“First of all,” Greer says, “there’s no way we should be traveling.” Not as an 11-5 menace, with what Greer calls “one of our best teams.” And certainly not to a 7-9 pretender who snuck into the playoffs out of a feeble division. But rules are rules, and much like the 2019 Seahawks will travel to Philly despite winning two more regular-season games than the Eagles, the 2010 Saints hit the road.

Still, though, Greer remembers thinking: “There’s no way we’re gonna lose.”

And sure enough, as 10-point favorites, they took an early 17-7 lead. Seattle, after all, was ranked 30th out of 32 teams in DVOA. It had the league’s fourth-worst offense. It had no business being in the playoffs. A 10-point deficit to the defending Super Bowl champs should have drained Qwest Field of any and all hope.

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On Marshawn Lynch ' s first famous Beast Mode run, after shedding the trillion Saints who tried to bring him, Lynch realized he had clear sailing to the end zone. He responded to this freedom by jumping backwards into the end zone while holding his dick, as a sign of utter, complete disrespect for

Because it looked like Lynch was being wrapped up at the line of scrimmage, most of the Saints ' But Greer slipped off Lynch as though he were coated in butter . Then came Porter, who tried to Brees: "[I remember thinking] 'Somebody please tackle him so we can have a chance to win this

Yet the game suddenly developed into a shootout. Matt Hasselback threw three touchdowns. The Seahawks went up 14, and clung to a four-point lead with under four minutes remaining in the fourth.

That’s when Hasselbeck called 17 Power. Lynch thought, “Oh my god, I’ve been trying to get a power for so long!” Hasselbeck told him to “hit it downhill.” Lynch did that and much, much more.

‘Why can’t they get him down?’

The Saints, Greer says, were in zone coverage. “He breaks through our defensive line,” Greer recalls. “And I wonder, like, wow – they shoulda made that tackle.”

Then, Greer remembers, Lynch “breaks through our linebacker corps. And next thing I know, I see him coming straight at me.”

Greer, No. 33 in white, had never tackled Lynch before in an official game. He had, though, been teammates and locker-room neighbors with the running back in Buffalo. They’d come face-to-face in practice. Greer remembers Lynch as someone who “turned it on during the game. But you knew that if you brushed up against him in practice, you were gonna feel it.”

Still, though, as he collapsed down from his left corner position to meet Lynch ... “I’m thinking, obviously, it’s gonna be an easy tackle.

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The Beast Quake isn’t just some crazy football highlight. It’s a story that would make DC Comics But the Beast Quake was a glimpse of a more punishing future for a franchise that had gotten soft . Lynch ’ s determination remains peerless, but the Seahawks have a roster full of players who refuse to

“I go and try to make a tackle at like a 45 degree angle, and just literally melt like soft butter, man. And next thing I knew, he keeps on running, and then he stiff arms a teammate of mine, and next thing I know, the stadium is going crazy.

“It’s one of those things where it kinda happened in slow motion. You see all your players missing these tackles, and you wonder, ‘Why can’t they get him down?’ And then you [try to] make the tackle, and you realize … Oh, OK. That’s why.”

Greer popped back up from the turf in an instant, and continued his pursuit. He thought he might get a second shot. “We all took off around him,” he remembers. “But they had good blocking on the backside. The guys ran with him. And they kinda created a wall.”

In the moment, as Lynch leapt over the goal line, Greer says he didn’t quite realize how remarkable the play had been. Then he got back to the sideline. And the video boards at Qwest Field did their thing.

It’s more impressive now

“Once we saw the replays, we kinda understood the impact,” Greer says. “As soon as they scored, they would keep on showing replays on the jumbotron over and over and over again. And we see how many times he broke tackles. We see the strength and the force he was running with. It was one of those things where you knew it was gonna be on SportsCenter Top 10 later that day.”

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Marshawn Terrell Lynch (born April 22, 1986) is an American football running back for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL).

Marshawn Lynch ' s 67 yard run vs the Saints in the 2011 NFC Wildcard game.

They tried to watch it back for educational purposes. But “really, the coach didn’t have anything to say,” Greer recalls. “The corrections were, ‘You gotta make the tackle. You gotta make the tackle.’ ” There was nothing schematic about Lynch’s Beast Mode brilliance.

“On the sideline,” Greer continues, “we were making fun of some of the guys who had a less than fortunate encounter with Marshawn. We all missed. But not everybody looked bad. The guys that looked bad, we kinda poked fun at them a bit.

“We were still in the middle of the game. But it kind of built up, the further that we got away from that play, we got to have a little bit more fun with it.”

Nine years later, there are no regrets. No sour feelings. “I think it’s more impressive when you kinda remove from it,” he explains. “It wasn’t impressive being there. Because there’s so many different emotions that was tied into that. But the more I’m removed from it … it really is impressive, the further I get away from that guy that missed the tackle.”

Most of Greer’s teammates, understandably, would prefer not to talk about it. Several declined or did not respond to interview requests. Greer, though, has nothing to shy away from. After all, if a reporter didn’t remind him about it, his son, who’s a Seahawks fan, probably would.

And besides, Greer says, “it was kind of pre-destined.” He now sees the bigger picture, and what the Seahawks have done since. The Super Bowl and the consistent success. “Obviously the organization needed that push,” he says. “This was Pete Carroll’s [first] season. It was the start of the program. It was the start of what they have right now.”

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