Today Marks the 10 Year Anniversary of the “Beast Quake” [VIDEO]
It was on this date, January 8th of 2011 -- exactly a decade ago -- that arguably the greatest run in Seahawks and, possibly, NFL history occurred. The "Beast Quake". Authored by "Beast Mode" himself, Marshawn Lynch!
To set the stage, the Seahawks were playing a first-round playoff game against the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints despite the fact that the Hawks were the first team in league history to qualify for the postseason with a LOSING record at 7-9.
With just over three minutes left in the game and on the verge of a HUGE upset, the Seahawks clung to a 34-30 lead with the ball on their own 33 yard line. It was second down and 10.
Here is how most of the country witnessed what happened next via the NBC Sports nationally televised broadcast. Tom Hammond and Mike Mayock were the announcers:
I was fortunate enough to be at the game. My friend, Chuck McGowan, filmed it from our perch in the southwest end of the 300 level.
THIS is what it was like in the stands and THIS is EXACTLY why YouTube was invented!
(WARNING: Coarse language)
NFL Films put it in their archive as one of the best runs in the history of the game. In their piece, the used a video shot from the opposite side of the field and used the play-by-play call of Hawks radio broadcaster, and former Seattle players, Steve Raible and Warren Moon. The run begins :17 seconds into the video:
Following the run, seismologists at the University of Washington detected seismic activity with the epicenter being, literally, the Seahawks stadium. It registered a 2.0 on the Richter Scale! Lynch broke down the run on Seattle TV station KING 5 News later that evening:
The Seahawks play another first round Wild Card playoff game tomorrow (NOT Sunday!) against NFC West rival Los Angeles Rams and Yakima native Cooper Kupp,You can hear the action on 94.5 KATS-FM and News/Talk 1280-AM KIT!
Here now, a blow-by-blow photo gallery of the "Beast Quake".
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