I'm sure we all have our favorite we've ever seen in the NFL.
It has all the makings of a historically significant highlight, one that will be remembered long after the 2010 season is over:
- On the playoff stage
- At a critical moment in the game
- Long -- 67 yards
- Difficult -- broke eight tackles, including one in the hole
- Visually impressive
The Seahawks call it "17 Power." It's a scheme used by nearly every NFL team, where the play-side linemen block down, the backside guard pulls, and the fullback kicks out.
It's what Emmitt Smith dominated with in Dallas and LaDainian Tomlinson made a living on in San Diego.
After the game, Matt Hasselbeck said, "That play? If you're getting 4.1 yards, you're patting yourself on the back."
That's true for most runs, of course, but especially in a four-minute offense, when the defense knows you're running and you desperately need a first down.
The play was almost singlehandedly blown up by Jo-Lonn Dunbar, who slanted hard to his left and took out both the tight end and pulling guard.
By eliminating two blockers, Dunbar allowed linebacker Scott Shanle to scrape into the hole, unblocked, with a clean shot at Lynch. But, as Solomon Wilcots says in our Anatomy of a Play feature, "That's when Marshawn Lynch goes 'Beast Mode'."
After shrugging off Shanle, Lynch broke seven more tackles on his way to the game-sealing touchdown and a place in NFL history.
I don't know, Pete. You're entitled to your favorite. And given what that run meant to you and your team, I can't blame you for putting it at the top.