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Reliving The Beast Quake Game 10 Years Later
Players, Pete Carroll and broadcasters recall one of the most improbable wins and one of the most spectacular plays in history on the 10th anniversary of Seattle’s Wild Card playoff win over the Saints. 
By John Boyle Jan 08, 2021

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When the Seahawks host the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday, it will be start of their ninth postseason in 11 years under the leadership of head coach Pete Carroll and John Schneider, and their 18th postseason game.

All of this success—the Super Bowl title, the five NFC West championships, nine straight winning seasons—was impossible to foresee 10 years ago when the Seahawks played their first playoff game of the Carroll/Schneider era, a 41-36 Wild Card victory over the defending champion New Orleans Saints that would go down as one of the biggest upsets in playoff history, and that featured one of the greatest runs in NFL history.

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of that playoff win over the Saints, and the Marshawn Lynch 67-yard touchdown run that would come to be known as the Beast Quake, Seahawks.com caught up with several players who were on the field for that famous run, as well as two of the people who called the play as it happened, and had them recount the game and the run in their own words.

"We're 0-0, just like everybody else."

The Seahawks won the NFC West with a 7-9 record, making them the first playoff team with a losing record in a non-strike season, while the Saints were an 11-win Wild Card team and the defending Super Bowl champs, and that disparity in record led to plenty of talk that the Seahawks didn't deserve to be in the playoffs, let alone host a game. New Orleans was an 11-point favorite heading into the game, had already beaten Seattle by double digits earlier in the season, and the Seahawks had uncertainty at quarterback with Matt Hasselbeck having missed Seattle's Week 17 win over the Rams that clinched the title. It all added up to a game nobody outside of Seattle thought the Seahawks had any business winning, and the Seahawks were just fine with nobody believing in them.

Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck: "There was just a lot of stuff that year. And even going into that week. I mean, I have a broken wrist, Chris Spencer, our center, I think he had a broken right thumb, so we weren't even snapping in practice. Pete was like, "No, it's cool, it's cool, just pretend like you're snapping. You don't need to snap in practice. He was so positive. I had never really been around someone like him, and he had sold us, he really had brought us into this great focus on, 'Hey, it doesn't matter. If we win the division none of it matters. We just need to win the division.' And that was really the mindset; that's all the focus was on. And then when we won the division, when we were able to beat the Rams, the whole mindset, there was, we're not 7-9 anymore, we're 0-0, just like everybody else. Just like the world champion New Orleans Saints, just like everybody. We're 0-0. And I really felt like we had been through so much—the roster turnover, the coaching turnover, all the stuff. And it was just like, yeah, this is a clean slate. We're good."

Center Chris Spencer: "It was a lot of just hearing the noise about being 7-9, do these guys really belong here… I felt really good about going into the game with a game plan and we had that we could do something special. So we all wanted to prove the pundits wrong there."

Receiver Ben Obomanu: "Oh we were definitely feeding off that talk… I think we actually may have jelled together because of all the noise we were hearing in the background. I think we actually may have gelled together because of all the noise we were hearing in the background—people saying we shouldn't be in the playoffs. That kind of helped spark us."

Left guard Tyler Polumbus: "We were the champions of the NFC West. And you know what, we felt like we had absolute every right to go out there on that field and play a good competitive football game and see what happens. And lo and behold, some cool stuff happened."

Right tackle Sean Locklear: "Those were the rules—you win the division, you got to the playoffs and get a home game. In the big picture, do we deserve one? Probably not just because of the record, but that's the rules are, and you play by the rules."

Steve Raible, Seahawks play-by-play announcer: "That kind of team in transition. Remember Marshawn hadn't been with us very long, Matthew was sort of at the end of his career here, and so you had this combination of players, some from Mike (Holmgren)'s time and then a few from the John and Pete era obviously, that were contributors. So you just weren't exactly sure. You knew the team was going to be something, you weren't sure what. At 7-9, they won the division, and everybody looked down their nose at us. And yet here is this team that seemed to be finding itself at the right time, and going toe to toe with the defending Super Bowl champs."

Tom Hammond, NBC play-by-play announcer: "The Saints were the defending champs, and here they are playing a team that's sub-.500. We kind of moaned and groaned when we saw we were going to be doing that game, but then we got there, and what a game it was."

"Oh man, here we go."

A decade later it can be easy to forget that before Lynch ran through the entire Saints defense, and before Hasselbeck out-dueled Drew Brees in what would be his final home game as a Seahawk, the game started out about how you might expect a game between a 7-9 team and the defending champs to go. The Saints started the game with a drive that ended with a field goal, then on Seattle's first possession, Hasselbeck was intercepted three plays into the drive when a short pass intended for Obomanu hit off the receiver's hands as he was hit in the back, and fell to Jabari Greer. The Saints turned that interception into a 10-0 lead midway through the first quarter, and the blowout a lot of people were expecting seemed to be playing out as expected.

Locklear: "At the beginning of the game, I'm on the sideline like everyone else like, 'Uh-oh, here we go.' Yeah, we made it, we got the defending champs coming in, they go down and score their first couple drives and 'Oh man, here we go.'"

Polumbus: "We were down 17-7, and at that point it can feel like the game's starting to slip away from you."

Obomanu: "I think we had some jitters. We knew game plan-wise that we had a good game coming. We saw some flaws, some things we could take advantage of, especially offensively, some things we could take advantage of in the way the Saints had been playing… I remember, being down early, Pete doing a great job of coming in, Matt doing a great job too, of coming in and saying, 'Hey, there's still a lot of plays that we have in our arsenal that will work. We've just got to get to them, we've got to clean up the turnovers.' So we never lost faith on the game plan. We knew the game plan was solid. It really was a matter of settling down, getting the nervous jitters out, getting some of the young guys who hadn't played in a playoff game before kind of used to that climate and environment."

Hasselbeck: "Pete Carroll, his whole thing is it's all about the ball, right? And I never really struggled with turning the ball over at a ridiculous rate until that year. It was like, 'Hey, I just need you to not turn the ball over. We're going to build an amazing defense. Can you do that?' Sure. And then all of a sudden I'm turning it over more than I ever had. And then he didn't choose me to play in the Rams game. So there was a lot of feeling of—I wasn't playing well, I was hurt, a lot of that stuff. And so sure enough in that game, my (third) pass in that game gets intercepted. It gets tipped at the line of scrimmage and there's reasons that it got intercepted and all this, but no one cared. Pete doesn't care.

"So I remember running off the field—and I remember in the Holmgren days, I would seriously run off the field at the 29 yard line, because he had to stay between 30 and the 30, and in that one, I purposely just went straight toward Pete, like, you know what, he's probably going to pull me right now, and I'm just going to meet him head on. And he said something to me that shocked me, he basically was like, 'You're OK. We need you today.' It was just was so shocking to me that he was so positive and like, 'Hey, it's all good. We're good.' It was like, OK, wow, all right. It just changed everything for me. I was just kind of like, 'All right, let's go. I'm going to cut it loose now.'"

"Hasselbeck, he played lights out."

For Seahawks fans, January 8, 2011 will always be remembered for Lynch's run, and for good reason—the man did cause seismic activity after all, so frenzied was the crowd. But what unfortunately gets somewhat overlooked because of that run is what an amazing performance Hasselbeck had in what would end up being his final home game as a Seahawk. Hasselbeck was playing with a cast on his broken left wrist, had missed the previous game due to a pulled glute that wasn't 100 percent healed, and all he did was play one of the best games of his career, throwing for 272 yards and four touchdowns to put the Seahawks where they were in a position to be leading late in the game, looking for Lynch and the offense to run out the clock.

Hasselbeck answered each of New Orleans' 10-point leads with touchdown passes to tight end John Carlson, then late in the second quarter he gave Seattle its first lead with a 45-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Stokley. Hasselbeck's fourth touchdown came early in the third quarter, a 38-yarder to Mike Williams, and suddenly that double-digit deficit in the first half was a two-touchdown lead for the Seahawks.

Spencer: "With Hasselbeck, every time he came off an injury, he played lights out. And he was coming off an injury the game before, so I said, I know how things look for us going into the game, but I know we're going to have a good game just because of where we were, that (crowd) noise, and then Hasselbeck coming off of injury… Hasselbeck, he played lights out. The ball was out of his hand. He got us in all the right checks when we needed to make the right check."

Hasselbeck: "I think our coaching staff on offense did an awesome job of coming up with a game plan for that game. That was really slick. And sometimes when you're not as talented as the other team, you got to find ways to take advantage of some stuff, and I think we did."

Polumbus: "I remember, we got the running game going and then Hasselbeck hit that big bomb to Stokley, and from then, once he hit that big bomb to Stoke, it was like, 'All right, it's on now.' I think that might have tied the game up, maybe we took the lead, but that was the moment that I can remember feeling like, 'All right, we've got a chance to go beat the Saints right now, and this is a unique opportunity.'"

Raible: "That was Matt. He always stepped up in the big games."

Locklear: "I always had faith in Matt. That game, that reminded me of the old Matthew that we had. The ball's right on target, right in the right place, the touchdowns to Stokley, Mike Williams, to John Carlson twice. That game, some people say he was out of his mind, but I'm like no, that's the Matthew I knew from the Mike Holmgren years. That does get overlooked because of the great run by Marshawn, but Matt played his butt off in that game."

Hasselbeck: "For whatever reason, I don't usually remember the good games. I remember the game like, 'Oh man, I wish we would have, I wish I would have...' I remember the other things, but for whatever reason, I remember that game. It was a special game."

17 Power

Thanks in no small part to Hasselbeck's brilliance, as well as a defense that, after giving up three early scores, forced three punts, a turnover and a turnover on downs on five of New Orleans' next six possessions, the Seahawks found themselves in a position of playing from ahead in the fourth quarter. New Orleans eventually found the end zone again to make it a 4-point game in the fourth quarter, then the teams traded punts, giving the Seahawks ball back with 4 minutes and 20 seconds left on the clock.

Locklear: "We got the ball back, we're in four-minute offense… In my head, it was like, 'Hey, get a couple first downs, run the clock out,' because we did not want them to get the ball back. We'd seen all year how fast they could go up and down the field."

Obomanu: "We were trying to go in and make it a two-score game. A four-minute drill, every offense talks about being able to control the clock and you win with the ball in your hands. And that's what we were really trying to do, burn some time off of the clock, get ourselves in position to at least go up by 7 points. So when the play was called, my job specifically was to come off and block the backside edge, we knew they were going to put eight people in the box. Everybody knew that Marshawn was probably going to get the ball, it wasn't a big secret."

Polumbus: "I was playing left guard at the time. I'm a tackle by trade, but they needed me to be playing guard for the last few games of that season. And we called '17 Power' which was not necessarily our strong suit as an offensive line. We were an outside zone running team and we were built to stretch guys. Power is a north and south style of run that's just supposed to hit in the A gap. I know Marshawn loved it. And he'd been asking for it on the sideline."

Locklear: "We're a zone team, we're zone left and right, that's all we really ran. I really don't think the play we called was in the game plan, we hadn't called it all game until then. We're a zone team, two backs, tight ends and all that. We're in the huddle, and he calls '17 Power.' And I remember this, I'm literally in the huddle like, 'Great call,' because if you're running zone left, zone right, why not hit 'em down the middle one time."

Running back Marshawn Lynch to NFL Films: "So we get into the huddle and they call 17 Power. I was like, 'Oh my god, I've been trying to get into Power for so long. With Power, we're running straight downhill. You know where we're coming, and we know where y'all are gonna be lined up at, now you've just got to stop it. I'm saying I'm better than you."

"Uh-oh, it might be trouble."

When Lynch took the second-and-10 handoff from Hasselbeck at the 33-yard line, he was quickly met in the hole by multiple Saints defenders, and it looked like a critical third-and-long might be coming, but Lynch had other plans. With right guard Mike Gibson pulling, Lynch actually had more room had he hit the A gap up the middle, but instead he bounced the run left into traffic and into NFL immortality.

Hammond on NBC broadcast: "Crowd silent now, as opposed to when the Saints have the ball."

Lynch to NFL Films: "I see the guard come around, and in my head I'm thinking backside A gap, but for some reason it carried me to the front side. I bounced off the first tackle like, 'Uh-oh, it might be trouble.'"

Polumbus: "I blocked down with Chris Spencer, and I didn't really have anybody to climb to because our linebacker we were supposed to go to took himself out of the play. And all of a sudden, I get out in front and I start running because that's what you're taught to do. Right?"

Raible play-by-play call: "Turn and hand to Lynch left side, finds a little bit of a hole, keeps his legs moving!"

Lynch to NFL Films: "Split between Spencer's block coming off of (Darren) Sharper, he grabbed at my foot, I stayed up, I said, 'uh-oh it might be trouble.' Covered the ball with two hands, one of my old teammates, Jabari Greer came over the top, he slid off, it's a good run now, but I'm like, 'Uh-oh, it might be trouble.'"

Spencer: "The defense lined up on how we wanted them to line up. And I remembered right as I went to block back, the nose guard crossed my face, and he kind of took himself out of the play. And I remember, 'Oh, I can feel something happening behind me,' I couldn't really see it, so I turned up the field and right as I turned, I see the safety, Sharper, coming downhill, and I just got a glimpse of Marshawn doing something special back there. I said, let me just get a piece of this guy just in case. I remember coming off and giving a little piece of Sharper, and I can just feel Marshawn and scrape right off of me. And I was like, 'Oh, wait a minute, he's out in the open.'"

Locklear: "'17 power,' It's a run to the left, you've got a double-team block, you've got a fullback, got a tight end, got a guard pulling, everybody's to the left. So the only people left on the right side are the center and myself. People always ask me what I did; I did nothing. We get graded for plays, you get two grades, one for knowing who to block, and you get two for executing the block. On this play, I got the laziest play on earth. My right guard is pulling, and I step down into the B gap to close that gap off and don't let any run-throughs, because that's the gap that's vacated by the guard. So I step down and block the defensive end. You'll see it and be like, 'Man, he really didn't do anything.'"

"Oh no, he's still going."

It didn't take long for Lynch, his teammates, Saint players, the crowd and the people calling the play to realize this was no ordinary run.

Raible play-by-play: "He's across the 40, midfield, 45, he's on the run!"

Locklear: "I stepped down, did my job, then I look and I see Marshawn going. And he's kind of bouncing and he's bouncing, and in my head, I'm like, 'Don't fumble.' I'm like, 'Get the yards you can get and get down." It just kept going, so I take off running. It was probably the fastest I've run all year. I'm running just in case he fumbles. You see it happen so many times, especially in a game like our that we're not supposed to win, these little stupid things that happen, happen. It's like the gods come out and are like, 'You guys were in it the whole game, now we're going to give it to them.'"

Hammond on NBC broadcast: "What a run! Marshawn Lynch, still on his feet."

Polumbus: "I just kept running. I looked up, 'Is this play not over yet?' At some point, I get a glimpse of Marshawn. I take little clips back and I realized that this guy has probably broken about five tackles by now. And I sprinted, man, I don't know how many yards that was, but maybe 30, 40 yards to get downfield and get down to the goal line. I got just enough. Just enough. It wasn't the most vicious block in the world, but it's pretty cool to be down there in front and get the final block to get Marshawn into the end zone… I seriously remember thinking in my head, 'Man, we better score on this on one, because I'm not going to recover for the next play.'"

Obomanu: "As a receiver, we listen to the crowd. When there's a deep pass, we listen to the gasp of the crowd and that's how we know that the ball's in the air or something special. In this instance, once Marshawn got the ball, I heard the gasp of the crowd. I said, 'OK, well Marshawn must have went into Beast Mode, must be breaking tackles, fighting for extra yards.' But I distinctly remember Roman Harper, who I was blocking on the play—we'd been playing against each other since high school days—he says, 'Oh no, he's still going. Oh no, he's still up.' And so as a receiver, I just kept blocking."

"It was just a little baby stiff-arm."

By the time Lynch had crossed midfield and was in the open, five Saints defenders had gotten a hand on him, and it was evident that this run was already a special play. Then, just as he approached the New Orleans 35-yard line, it went from great run to a legendary one. Saints cornerback Tracy Porter had the misfortune of being the next player trying to bring Lynch down, and with a shove of his left hand, Lynch sent Porter tumbling to the ground.

Raible play-by-play: "Pushes a man, 35, look at him go!"

Lynch to NFL Films: "Tracy Porter came up, I gave him a little stiff-arm, I stayed on my feet. We almost were running at top speed, so any kind of shove right there will throw a man off course. It was just a little baby stiff-arm. A little baby stiff-arm."

Mike Mayock on NBC broadcast: "Get off me, he says, to Tracy Porter. Are you kidding me?"

Lynch to NFL Films: "(Alex Brown) came from behind, I took a little quick peek at him, gave him a little stiff-arm, still didn't go down. Uh-oh, I know it's trouble. Then next thing I know, Tyler shot in front of me to go make a block on Harper, dive into the end zone, touchdown. And at the time I'm just thinking like, 'what the hell just happened? Did that really just happen?"

Locklear: "It was all him. We had the blocks up front that got him 2, 3 yards past the line of scrimmage, then everything else was all him."

Spencer: "All of a sudden started to see him just throw people off him and see all the other guys rallying and trying to get a block in there. I could hear the crowd roaring and it started to get louder and louder, and I started to feel the ground shaking and people felt like something special was about to happen. Just see Tyler Polumbus and Hasselbeck and Sean Locklear all kind of getting down the field, trying to get a little piece of somebody to get him in the end zone." And right as he gets closer to the goal line, I see him dive turn, he faced me, and I'm looking right at him. And I'm thinking like, 'Oh, gosh, no, he didn't. Yes, he did.'

Raible play-by-play: "He's down to the 20, 15, he could go. He's going to go. Touchdown, Seahawks. Oh my word, Marshawn Lynch, unbelievable! The Beast is alive and well."

Hasselbeck: "I really wasn't trying to get a block, and ironically, I probably almost got a block in the back. In that situation in what we call four minute, your job as the quarterback is to not necessarily carry out your fake, it's to follow the ball just in case there's a fumble or whatever. I was just a fan at that point. I'm just excited, I'm just like, 'Oh, wow.' And then every 5 to 10 yards, the octaves, the noise level in the stadium just got louder and louder. Every tackle he would break it would get louder and louder, and I feel like everyone started running faster and faster and it was just so great. I was careful not to really run hard, because I was like, 'Shoot, man, I literally just pulled a butt muscle, you can't do this again. I want to play next week.' But that's what I remember, just the crowd getting louder and louder. And then when we got to the end zone, it was just the entire stadium. It was like someone had hit a grand slam in the world series and they were the circling the bases."

Hammond on NBC broadcast: "He's dancing his way, for the touchdown!"

If you go back and watch the replay of Hammond's call, there's a full 35 second pause between his final words of the call when he adds, "What a run. Sixty-seven yards by Marshawn Lynch. Mare's extra point is good." Mayock then follows with "That's as good an effort as I've ever seen in my life from a running back" before breaking down the replay.

During that half-minute pause, we see players celebrating on the Seahawks sideline, fans going nuts, Saints coach Sean Payton's stern face, Drew Brees putting his helmet on preparing for the near impossible task ahead.

Hammond: "I was sort of famous, in all my years at NBC, for the holding up the hand. I was big on, after really exciting moments, whether it's Usain Bolt or American Pharoah or whatever, on laying out, not saying anything, because you can only detract from the moment, in my opinion, if you to try to say something. Nothing is more illustrative of the moment than the director making all the different cuts and just the noise. I don't think I'd ever given Mayock the hand before, but I held my hand up in front of his face. And the look on his face was priceless, like 'What the hell? What do you mean?' He was just dying to jump in there and say, 'Yeah, the right guard pulled, and blah, blah.' So I gave him my hand, and he just gave me a look that was incredulous. 'What? What are you doing?' But he did lay it out. And I think that helped the moment even more."

Raible: "You can't plan on those things. You don't know what's going to happen, so you're reacting just like everybody else is, except you have to put it into some words that people can at least hear or understand, or that make some sense. And to this day, I'm not sure that I made a heck of a lot of sense, but it excited me just like it did everybody else."

"It's a run that goes down in history."

It was obvious in the moment that Lynch had just done something amazing in the seconds after he leapt in the south end zone, punctuating the run in a way only Marshawn Lynch could come up with on the fly. But in the coming days, as people around the country saw the play, as word came out that Seahawks fans celebrated the run to the point of causing measurable seismic activity, as it dawned on everyone that yes, this 7-9 team really did just do that to the defending champ, it really started to set in how rare that play and that game were.

Raible: "For me, that was one of those that will always stand out. There's a handful of those plays, and everybody know them. The win against Green Bay in overtime, the tip against the 49ers, they're indelible, and when we watched that one, we knew people are going to be talking about this one for a long time."

Hammond: "And Marshawn Lynch's run, it ranks as one of the great individual moments that I've been associated with. I was 34 years at NBC, just retired a couple years ago, and of all the thousands of football and basketball games I did, both college and pro, and 13 Olympic Games and Triple Crowns, horses and everything else, that remains one of four or five top moments of my career. That was just so exciting. And it seemed like every player on the Saints touched him at one time or another, and he just wouldn't go down. It was pretty amazing run. And of course, to have it in the loudest stadium in the NFL made it even more meaningful. It does remain one of the great moments in sports I ever saw."

Hasselbeck: "In the end zone, it just was like soaking it all in. I remember looking up at my family being like, 'Are you kidding me? We did it. We actually knocked off the world champs. This year, 2010. After all the stuff we've been through, we knocked them off.' Marshawn, just slammed the door shut. It was a crazy feeling. Crazy."

Carroll: "That was a breathtaking moment, it really was. That's why it's so memorable, and it's been a historic moment, an historic moment for our area and even the league, too. I mean, nobody else could have made that run the way he made it and the way he finished it other than Marshawn. I think the exhilaration that came from that was also because we were up against the odds and everybody had been chirping at us all the way through the preparation for the playoffs and all of that. World champs, everything was going—it was just a moment in time that was kind of frozen. I'm glad we could capture it and see Hasselbeck try to lay a block downfield and all that kind of stuff. It was pretty special."

Locklear: "I knew it was a great run, obviously, you knew that. But the fact it registered on the Richter scale on that, that didn't hit you until later. You're just like, yeah, 'We made history. People are going to remember that one.' Out of that season, that's the one game you're going to remember."

Polumbus: "It's one of the most vivid plays in my career without doubt. And it's because of that play that my son is a diehard Seahawks fan. And we live in Denver, I work in Denver. I won a Super Bowl with the Broncos and I do a radio show here, but he is a diehard Seahawks fan."

Spencer: "It's a run that goes down in history. I'm just thankful that I was part of it. As an offensive lineman, with all my injuries and things like that, I still can be remembered at some point in this game because of that run."

Obomanu: "Once we got to the sideline, we started watching the full replay, those of us who didn't get a chance to see all the highlights firsthand. Then at that moment too, it became special Marshawn did all that. Stiff-arming players, breaking tackles, staring down guys, shaking people and then having the will to finish. And then most importantly, for all of us, his celebration into the end zone too. Marshawn knew he had done something too, with his turning around and going into the end zone backward. I think a lot of us were just thinking that epitomizing Marshawn Lynch to a T. Working hard, breaking tackles, going Beast Mode. But at the end of the day, still having the fun personality to still celebrate a game-winning touchdown."

"I think I know where that ball is."

As Lynch landed on his back and did a backwards summersault, he dropped the ball in the end zone, and Obomanu quickly picked it up, realizing it was a souvenir Lynch would probably want. After the Saints scored and the Seahawks recovered the onside kick, Lynch took the ball back on the field because he wanted to finish the game with it. The problem with that plan was that, after two Lynch runs and a Hasselbeck kneel-down, everyone poured onto the field, Hasselbeck was whisked off to do an interview with NBC, then went to find his three kids who had been let onto the field, and nobody knew what became of the ball.

At least not right away at least.

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Obomanu: "You can see me (on the replay) going and grabbing the football. I knew, 'Hey, a game-clinching touchdown run, you might want to keep that football.'… I probably should have kept it myself."

Lynch to NFL Films: "After the run, I took that same ball to the referees on our next offensive series like, 'I need to close the game out with this ball, is that all right?... I do not have the ball… Can we edit that, I don't want nobody to know that, because I've got a fake ball."

Hasselbeck: "Funny story about that. I think Ben Obomanu grabbed the football, because Marshawn did some celebration that he got fined for—we won't talk about that—but we got the football and we gave it to the equipment guys. We said, 'Hey, you should save this for him, this might be the greatest run of all time.' We have to go back on the field to close out the game, and as the story was told to NFL Films by Marshawn, he took that football and gave it to the referee—of course he did—and said, 'Hey, I want to close out the game with this ball.'"

As soon as the game ended, Lynch, being Lynch, got to the locker room as quickly as he could, not thinking about retrieving the ball. Meanwhile, some of the players' wives sitting in the south end zone, realizing it could very well be Hasselbeck's final home game, arranged for his three children, Annabelle, Mallory and Henry, to get onto the field. Suddenly Hasselbeck found himself wrangling three small children with one hand in a cast, so unaware he was holding a piece of history, he handed the ball to Mallory to hold.

Hasselbeck: "Marshawn didn't want to be around people after the game ends, he sprints to the locker room, so I have a broken wrist, but I have the ball in my hand. All of a sudden—my kids had never been on the field before, ever, after a game. I had no idea it was going to be my last game in Seattle, but apparently some of the other wives thought, 'This might be his final game in Seattle.' They sent my kids, a police officer escorts them out there, and all of a sudden I don't know what to do with my kids, so I give that ball that NFL Films can't find and Marshawn can't find, to my middle daughter (Mallory). (NFL Films) are like, 'Marshawn can't find that ball.' And I'm like, 'I'm pretty sure that's in my daughter's bedroom.' It's probably scuffed up from playing in our driveway. My dog's probably tried to get it in its mouth.

"They're like, 'Yeah, we're trying to track down this ball.' I'm like, 'I think I know where that ball is.' Classic Marshawn Lynch."

The Aftermath

That improbable win over the Saints sent the Seahawks to Chicago, where they lost in the Divisional Round, and it was the last home game for a number of Seahawks who were big contributors in 2010, including four players on the field for the Beast Quake run, Hasselbeck, Locklear, Spencer and Carlson. For Carroll, Schneider and a lot of the young players on the roster, the 2010 season was just the beginning of the journey, but that season and that Wild Card win in particular, were particularly meaningful for a few veterans who moved on in the offseason as the Seahawks rebuild continued. Lynch, meanwhile, would use that game as a springboard to a spectacular Seahawks career that saw him become not just one of the most productive running backs in team history, but one of the most beloved athletes in Seattle sports history.

Locklear: "It really didn't hit me until the fourth quarter—it's hard to get people to realize this, but it really is game to game, at least that's how I was—and it was early in the fourth quarter that I was like, 'This is probably my last game in Qwest Field.' That's when it hit me, and I was really trying to enjoy those last minutes. Then the way it happened was crazy. That was essentially our last play—we got the ball back and kneeled it. Marshawn, the run, the quake, then for some of us it was our last home game. All of that was going on in the fourth quarter. Just a lot of emotion. By far the most physically and emotionally drained I've been after a game. Just the ups and down—we're losing, we're back in it, we're up, they're scoring, we're scoring. I was so drained. Usually I'm always even-keel, but I was screaming in this game. Matt told me after the game, 'I've never seen you screaming like that.'"

Hasselbeck: "It just was a hard year. We had a lot of movement on the roster, there were a lot of guys that were contributing for us that—never mind OTAs and training camp, they weren't there in Week 1. There was just a lot of turnovers. We signed Brandon Stokely, I think he worked out on a Tuesday, practiced on a Thursday, played on a Sunday. Marshawn we traded for in October. Tyler Polumbus came in during practice—they did a little workout with him down at the other end, during practice, and then all of a sudden starting for us later in the year. So it was a lot of that kind of stuff that was going. I tell people when they ask me about my career, they're like, 'What year are you most proud of, is it 2005? Is it this, is it that?' I always say 2010 is the year that I'm most proud of, because we went through so much."

Spencer: "It comes up all the time to this day. I'm sitting here, we're remodeling our home right now, and the guy that's working on our house is like, 'Hey, I remember that run with Marshawn Lynch!' It's cool to rehash it with those guys, you see the joy on their face. For all the games played, that's one that still sticks out to people, they still remember it. It's cool to be a part of that."

It's been 10 years since Marshawn Lynch's incredible Wild Card run vs. the Saints. Take a look back at photos from the unforgettable night at Lumen Field.

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