The Seahawks’ victory over Atlanta on Sunday was full of highlights if you’re a Seattle fan. The Seahawks ran the ball at will, passed deep often, played tough defense and even unveiled some trick plays.
But for me the highlight of the day was Marshawn Lynch’s inspired stiff-arm in the first half.
I watched the replay several times Sunday and saw the great photo in our print edition by The Associated Press of Lynch’s right hand slamming back Atlanta safety William Moore’s head as Lynch cradles the ball in his left arm.
That play speaks volumes about the Seahawks’ determination and try-and-stop-us attitude, something that had been missing for a few weeks but was on full display Sunday in Atlanta. It also reminded me that the stiff-arm is something of a lost art in football but a powerful weapon that the Seahawks use well, better than most teams.
I’ve seen Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson keep tacklers at bay with a well-timed straight-arm, and I’ve even seen Seattle receivers use it, too.
But none used it as impressively as Lynch did Sunday. It almost seems unfair for the player nicknamed Beast Mode because of his punishing running style to be able to thrust one of his hands into the face of defender. Imagine for a moment that you’re a defensive back trying to take down Lynch – who is listed as 5 feet 11, 215 pounds, but likely weighs more – under a full head of steam. You’ve finally got your hands on him and think you’re about to take him down. Then a battering ram of a hand pops you in the face mask and snaps your head back.
The stiff-arm is perfectly legal and just another formidable weapon at the disposal of arguably the most physical running back in the NFL.
So that was the play that stopped me Sunday and left me shaking my head. It was a statement by a Seahawks player that when you try to take Lynch down, it won’t be easy.
Other plays were memorable, too, though. So I’m wondering what you considered the most memorable play from a game full of them. Vote in our poll and weigh in with a comment to this post.
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