How a play called '17 Power' helped Seattle make history

I'm sure we all have our favorite we've ever seen in the NFL.

I'm partial to Adrian Peterson's TD vs. the Browns last year, when he took a Browns player, chucked him out of bounds with an angry stiff-arm, and then sprinted into the end zone.

Some argue, given the Super Bowl stage, that Marcus Allen weaving his way through the Redskins' defense was the best.

Steve Sabol has said that Garrison Hearst's winning, 96-yard overtime touchdown run for the 49ers against the Jets was the greatest.

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Jim Brown, Gale Sayers and Barry Sanders have several runs that could vie for the top spot.

After last weekend, there's no doubt many people will have a new No. 1: Marshawn Lynch going "Beast Mode" on the Saints.

It has all the makings of a historically significant highlight, one that will be remembered long after the 2010 season is over:

  1. On the playoff stage
    1. At a critical moment in the game
    2. Long -- 67 yards
    3. Difficult -- broke eight tackles, including one in the hole
    4. 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.

In his postgame press conference, coach Pete Carroll said it reminded him of Steve Young's unforgettable, helmetless touchdown run against the Vikings (that has since become a Burger King commercial), "Maybe I've got it a little overrated there."

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.

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