Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch definitely ate his Skittles, going into “Beast Mode” as he bulldozed the New Orleans Saints' defense.
Lynch rushed for 140 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries during the Seahawks' 23-15 win over the Saints to advance to the NFC championship game.
“That was maybe 'Beast Mode II,'” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. ” I don't know but it was a very cool way to end that game and give us the score that we needed.”
The Saints fell short as wide receiver Marques Colston caught a pass from Drew Brees following a last minute successful onside kick, but was flagged for a forward lateral rather than step out of bounds to stop the clock and set up a potential Hail Mary pass.
“You just don't know how many more opportunities you're going to have,” Brees said. “That's what makes it so tough standing up here and talking about it.”
With Percy Harvin leaving the game with a concussion,. Lynch scored on a 15-yard run in the first half and added a 31-yard touchdown run at the end of the game.
“I don't run to get tackled,” Lynch said.
“It's all want with him,” Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate said. “He's blessed with tremendous athleticism and body control and power. But right there he wanted that. He just wanted it and he went and got it.”
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.