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Clinching touchdown in Seattle sparked another Beastquake

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The earth moved.  Again.

The two prior times the Saints played in Seattle, the crowd at CenturyLink Field became sufficiently raucous to register on the Richter scale. When running back Marshawn Lynch scored what appeared to be a game-clinching touchdown with less than three minutes remaining in the game, another Beastquake happened.

And it may have been the biggest one.

“This signal looks bigger than the one three years ago,” John Vidale, director of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network at the University of Washington, told the Seattle Times.  “But we don’t know yet.”

What we do know is that, by scoring instead of going down deep in Saints territory, Lynch set the stage for a potential earthquake in New Orleans, if the road team had found a way to force overtime.

Our pal Howard Balzer has pointed out that Lynch’s decision to score gave the Saints a slim chance that they shouldn’t have had.

The Saints had no timeouts.  If Lynch had taken a knee on a play that began with 2:48 left, the Seahawks wouldn’t have had to take another snap before the two-minute warning.  The Seahawks then could have milked the final two minutes with three snaps and the minimum of 40 seconds after each one.

And since we’re dabbling in “should haves,” the touchdown should have been called been called back because (as the photo shows) coach Pete Carroll was roughly 10 feet into the field of play, along with someone else from the Seahawks.

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44 Responses to “Clinching touchdown in Seattle sparked another Beastquake”
  1. darkneptune73 says: Jan 12, 2014 2:09 PM

    One of these days, Seattle is going to fall into the ocean because of these fans.

  2. captainwisdom8888 says: Jan 12, 2014 2:12 PM

    You know what, I’m happy for all of you Seahawks fans out there. In such a devastatingly depressing place as Seattle, people need stuff like this to help give them good reason to wanna continue existing. You go guys…

  3. winninaintsinnin says: Jan 12, 2014 2:14 PM

    Except Lynch may already be in the endzone.

  4. jmblosser82 says: Jan 12, 2014 2:17 PM

    So much for the league cracking down on Tomlin.

  5. jakec4 says: Jan 12, 2014 2:20 PM

    They can’t brag about winning any Super Bowls, but hey, there’s always “Beastquake”

  6. cakemixa says: Jan 12, 2014 2:23 PM

    Is anyone actually interested in or amused by all the Seattle noise/earthquake “records”?

  7. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 12, 2014 2:23 PM

    And some more curious officiating issues today. Just another weekend. They did say the playoffs are supposed to be officiated just like they were in the regular season, and there’s nothing unusual about scratching your head for half the game. I’m surprised the NFL hasn’t occupied that extra hand with an extra beer.

  8. meatcarroll says: Jan 12, 2014 2:24 PM

    You have got to be kidding me. How come you weren’t whining when Harbaugh was on the field during Bowman’s pick-6 against the Falcons? This anti-Seahawks bent is absurd.

  9. horaceivory says: Jan 12, 2014 2:25 PM

    Way BEHIND the play. Who cares.

  10. bear7575 says: Jan 12, 2014 2:28 PM

    T

  11. bear7575 says: Jan 12, 2014 2:30 PM

    They’re behind the play. It matters not.

  12. tarkentin says: Jan 12, 2014 2:31 PM

    So they lead the record books in something….

  13. sea1boss says: Jan 12, 2014 2:36 PM

    Seattle is a great city voted number 2 best city in all of america ill take seattle over any other city where are you from oklahoma? Green bay lol

  14. xjippyx says: Jan 12, 2014 2:39 PM

    Since when did kneeling with 2:48 left with a 40 second game clock get you to the two minute warning?

  15. jmblosser82 says: Jan 12, 2014 2:41 PM

    It doesn’t matter if they are behind the play or not, only the refs and the22 offensive and defensive players are permitted on the field of play(including the big white out if bounds line)

  16. russellwilsonismymvp says: Jan 12, 2014 2:43 PM

    Lynch is just getting started. Can’t wait for next weekend. Niners or Panthers…it won’t matter. Lynch will be “Beasting” his way to a Seattle championship. (Thumbs down if you don’t have a life).

  17. ydousuk says: Jan 12, 2014 2:47 PM

    cakemixa says:Jan 12, 2014 2:23 PM

    Is anyone actually interested in or amused by all the Seattle noise/earthquake “records”?
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    Is anyone actually interested in or amused by your posts?

  18. notmrknowitall says: Jan 12, 2014 2:50 PM

    earthquakes caused by humans 2
    Super Bowls 0

    Awesome….just awesome.
    At least Seattle has some relevance in the football world.

  19. jmblosser82 says: Jan 12, 2014 2:51 PM

    xjippyx, the TD run play start at 2:48, once he would’ve gave himself up down by the goal line the clock would’ve been under 2:40.

  20. joenash72 says: Jan 12, 2014 2:53 PM

    They can’t brag about winning any Super Bowls, but hey, there’s always “Beastquake”

    ******************************

    So 3 weeks from today, when the Seattle Seahawks win the Superbowl, then what will you write?

  21. the1next1year1dolphins says: Jan 12, 2014 3:01 PM

    I have trouble believing that anyone truly likes the Seahawks. Not even the Seahawks like the Seahawks.

  22. jackericsson says: Jan 12, 2014 3:04 PM

    Only if he was running around for almost 8 seconds. Even if they do get it to the 2 minute warning, they still couldn’t run out the clock. It’s 2nd down, run the play, use up 5-8 seconds, then you run off the 40 seconds and run a play and take up 5-8 seconds, then run off 40 seconds. That still leaves 20-30 seconds to either punt, fg, or run another play. You can only run out the clock with a full set of downs after the 2 minute warning and your opponent has no time outs.
    You and your pal Howard are wrong.

  23. jmblosser82 says: Jan 12, 2014 3:06 PM

    joenash72, I don’t have a horse in this race, but don’t count your chickens before they hatch

  24. thejuddstir says: Jan 12, 2014 3:06 PM

    I enjoy football, good officiating and playing by the rules but doesn’t it seem like the NFL is bound and determined to make this the year of the Seahawks. Multiple cases of PED’s and illegal drugs but NFL backs down because of technicalities etc. There are a lot of really good teams that never make the news because of PED’s, drugs etc. and play by the rules and you can’t help but feel bad for them (Panthers, Cards, Chiefs, Vikes, Falcons, Steelers etc.) Certainly not a Giants fan but they play the game the way it is suppose to be played, by the rules and hardnose. Other teams like Pats had spygate, Saints had bountygate, sorry but Ravens had a murderer that was made into a hero and now we get the Adderhawks. Lynch gets off the hook for DWI, Sherman a cracked cup, lol. I suspect it is these types of teams that cause the majority of NFL fans want to cheer against them.

  25. abninf says: Jan 12, 2014 3:14 PM

    sea1boss says:

    Seattle is a great city voted number 2 best city in all of america
    ====================================

    It wasn’t a vote, a magazine rated it number two. Exactly why is anyone’s guess. Horrible weather and half the city is on meth.

  26. schmoejoe says: Jan 12, 2014 3:18 PM

    Anyone else tired of the hype machine spinning for these bandwagon jumpers?

  27. jonsilver1947 says: Jan 12, 2014 3:18 PM

    jackericsson:

    It would have been 1st down.

  28. jmblosser82 says: Jan 12, 2014 3:20 PM

    Lynch runs, broke free and by the time he got close to the goal line the Seahawks wouldn’t need to run a play to get to the 2 minute warning. They may not have made it to run out the clock but with a FG and about 25 seconds left of the clock the potential comeback the saints put together with 2:16 would never have happened.

  29. atwatercrushesokoye says: Jan 12, 2014 3:26 PM

    jackericsson: the Seahawks had just gotten a first down, assuming it they do get to the 2 minute warning: first down kneel takes you to about 1:20, second down kneel to 40 seconds, 3rd down kneel ends the game.

    If you don’t get to the two minute warning, you may have to kick a FG but last I checked, kicking a FG and going up by 11 with less than 10 seconds left ensures no chance of a comeback.

    Because Lynch decided to score he gave the Saints the ball back with more than 2 minutes left, a stoppage at the 2 minute warning and as we all saw they were 1 stupid decision by Colston away from getting the chance at a Hail Mary to the end zone to tie it.

    Doesn’t matter how you spin it, it was a poor decision by Lynch, it doesn’t take anything away from the win, they still get the right to play in the conference game, but Lynch just made the win more difficult than it needed to be.

  30. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 12, 2014 3:58 PM

    “Oh my God! Oh my God! Yes! Yes! Yes!”.

  31. ydousuk says: Jan 12, 2014 4:06 PM

    thejuddstir says:Jan 12, 2014 3:06 PM

    I enjoy football, good officiating and playing by the rules but doesn’t it seem like the NFL is bound and determined to make this the year of the Seahawks. Multiple cases of PED’s and illegal drugs but NFL backs down because of technicalities etc. There are a lot of really good teams that never make the news because of PED’s, drugs etc. and play by the rules and you can’t help but feel bad for them (Panthers, Cards, Chiefs, Vikes, Falcons, Steelers etc.) Certainly not a Giants fan but they play the game the way it is suppose to be played, by the rules and hardnose. Other teams like Pats had spygate, Saints had bountygate, sorry but Ravens had a murderer that was made into a hero and now we get the Adderhawks. Lynch gets off the hook for DWI, Sherman a cracked cup, lol. I suspect it is these types of teams that cause the majority of NFL fans want to cheer against them.
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    What’s wrong? Your team lose? Don’t hate…appreciate.

  32. marcd81 says: Jan 12, 2014 4:12 PM

    xjippyx says:
    Jan 12, 2014 2:39 PM
    Since when did kneeling with 2:48 left with a 40 second game clock get you to the two minute warning?

    Maybe you need to re-read the article. It says the play began with 2:48 left.

  33. vegagreenleaf says: Jan 12, 2014 4:18 PM

    My ears are still ringing and my throat is still horse. Loudest place I’ve ever been in my life. Like the Seahawks or not, it is impressive. The game was great too!!!

  34. Vim says: Jan 12, 2014 4:19 PM

    Seattle played an outstanding game and fully deserved to win as vonvincingly as it did! So what if there was a questionable decision made during that touchdown Ron by Lynch? Coaches, QBs, and other players make a lot of incorrect decisions. They are human after all.

    Don’t know what is going on with all these haters. How small minded these people are who keep picking on this one thing that happened so quickly!

    As a Seahawk fan I am super impressed with the toughness, determination and overall excellence shown by the Seahawks organization and players. Go Hawks!

  35. Vim says: Jan 12, 2014 4:45 PM

    I just love this story!

    BeastQuake II > BeastQuake I.

    Look forward to a great NFC Championship next week in Seattle! Of course, as we all know, it is really the NFC West Championship!!

    And if things go well and we are lucky maybe we’ll get to experience BeastQuake III!!

  36. unbridledsexy says: Jan 12, 2014 5:11 PM

    I’m convinced those who continue to call Seattle a horrible city full of meth heads have never actually visited one of, if not the most beautiful city in the nation filled with very nice and polite people. Say what you want about the team, but don’t straight up lie and talk trash about a wonderful city and it’s people. Save that for Pittsburg.

  37. fdugrad says: Jan 12, 2014 5:27 PM

    Perhaps it was the quake that jarred the ball out of Golden’s “sure hands’” or “sure chest” in this case.

  38. bcajun says: Jan 12, 2014 5:51 PM

    One thing i learned this year is how classless people from there are…ill be cheering for the afc this year…IF san fran dont crush em…stay classy weirdos

  39. ratsfoiledagain says: Jan 12, 2014 6:43 PM

    bcajun says:
    Jan 12, 2014 5:51 PM
    One thing i learned this year is how classless people from there are…ill be cheering for the afc this year…IF san fran dont crush em…stay classy weirdos
    **********
    All fan bases have these issues…if you think Saints fans are immune to being classless, you’re blind.

  40. joe5615 says: Jan 12, 2014 9:14 PM

    Lynch was a beast on his last touchdown, but a clueless one. He should have taken a knee at the five yard line and let the Seahawks run out the clock. It could have cost Seattle the game.

  41. kkalama1 says: Jan 13, 2014 1:51 AM

    Dumb people saying Lynch should have gave up 7 points? You gotta be joking, he might as well not trust his defense too then? Internet trolls

  42. kavika6 says: Jan 13, 2014 8:12 AM

    “Look forward to a great NFC Championship next week in Seattle! Of course, as we all know, it is really the NFC West Championship!!”

    It’s also really the superbowl. Two best teams in the NFL.

  43. yordo says: Jan 13, 2014 3:02 PM

    I question the structural integrity of that stadium. One can only handle so many beastquakes.

  44. ihatemistate says: Jan 13, 2014 6:16 PM

    Pete did that all the time at USC and never got called for it but should have. Harbaugh does it too. They hate each other from the old college Usc-Stanford rivalry. This will be interesting.

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