The national media has incorrectly dubbed the awesome 79-yard touchdown run by Marshawn Lynch (#24) this past Sunday night against the Arizona Cardinals as “Beast Quake 2.0”.
This just goes to show you the ignorance by the media about the recent history and events involving the Seahawks. What do you expect when they think it’s South Alaska? It was not Beast Quake 2.0 that the nation witnessed, because that run occurred last January in the Divisional Round of the playoffs against the New Orleans Saints.
The run we bore witness to was “Desert Storm”.
History Repeats Itself
By now, most everybody who follows the NFL is aware of the Beast Quake run which occurred in the 2010 Wildcard playoffs where the defending Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints travelled to Seattle to face off against the 7-9 NFC West Division Champion winner. Nobody, except Pete Carroll and the 12s, were giving the Seahawks a snowball’s chance in hell to win the game. The hate against the Seahawks was palpable, the media was disgusted that a team with a losing record was hosting a playoff game. The expectation was the Saints would “filet the Hawks like a shrimp”. As Carroll told his locker room, “Nobody thinks its going to happen except the guys in this room, and that’s all that matters.”
What ensued was an epic Seahawks game in which the team played the role of David and the stone that sleighed Goliath was the 67-yard 4th quarter touchdown run by Lynch to secure the win for the Seahawks. On his way to scoring 6 points, Lynch exercised his right to bear a stiff arm and tossed Saints defender Tracy Porter like a rag doll. A convoy of Seahawks blockers, including quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (#8) followed Lynch to the south end zone. As Lynch crossed the plane he grabbed his crotch a la Michael Jackson, a signature image from the run. The celebration which followed by the 12th Man was euphoric and caused an earthquake at Seahawks Stadium. The Beast Quake was born. If you were on of the lucky 12s to be there in person, you will agree, that the moment will go down as one of the greatest in Seahawks history.
Three seasons later, the Saints were marching back into Seahawks Stadium for the playoffs, this time the Saints were looking for redemption and revenge from the ’10 playoff game. Marshawn Lynch would have something to say on that matter by speaking with his play.
Beast Quake 2.0 occurred in the 4th quarter of the 2013 Divisional playoff game. It was a 31 yard touchdown run which included a trademark “baby stiff arm” by Lynch on his way to the goal line. The run secured the win for the Seahawks and the 12th Man. Seismic activity was recorded immediately following the score. The run and celebration was nowhere near the magnitude and was junior to the original Beast Quake run.
Desert Storm was Lynch’s longest touchdown run in his career. It had many similarities to Beast Quake. There was the classic Lynch “baby stiff” arm by in which he told Cardinal defender Patrick Peterson to, “Get off me!” It was if Lynch broke his rusty cage and was fleeing to the end zone, to his freedom. He was joined along the way by an escort for his protection. Wide receiver Ricardo Lockette (#83) looked as determined as Secret Service Agent Jerry Parr ensuring President Ronald Reagan made it to George Washington University Hospital. The cherry on top was the crotch grab by Lynch giving the Cardinals defense the universal sign language to “Hold ‘deez nuts!”
What Desert Storm was lacking in comparison to Beast Quake was the fact that the game against the Cardinals was realistically over before the score by Lynch. It was Seahawks 21 and Cardinals 6 with 10.5 minutes to go in the 4th quarter. Although the 12th Man was in full force on the road, the seismometers failed to detect any seismic activity in Glendale. The closest thing to an earthquake was probably the sound of stampeding Cardinals fans leaving the University of Phoenix in disgrace.