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The Seattle Seahawks signed Marshawn Lynch before Week 17 for his presence on the sideline and his powerful running. He gave Seattle’s sideline and fan base plenty to celebrate with an incredible touchdown run before halftime of Sunday’s wild-card game.

After the Seahawks moved the ball downfield, they turned to “Beast Mode” to finish off the drive with an emphatic statement before halftime. Lynch carried the football and powered through a shot right to his chest, spinning off of it and fighting his way into the end zone for the go-ahead touchdown.

It’s the type of powerful running that made Lynch an icon in Seattle for years. When Lynch returned to the sideline, he was immediately greeted by an excited Pete Carroll.

These are exactly the kind of moments the Seahawks hoped for when they signed Lynch. After this offense struggled to get that big play for much of the first half, Lynch finally delivered it with a powerful blow and provided the locker room with plenty of momentum to build off coming out of the half.

Matt Johnson
NFL, MLB & college football writer for Sportsnaut. Graduated from San Diego State University with BA in Journalism, 2019. Grew up in Sacramento, now based in Indianapolis. Seen on MSN. Previously: eDraft, The Connection, With the First Pick