The Beast Quake -The Greatest NFL Play Ever?


Dec 12, 2011; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) reacts after scoring on a 16-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter against the St. Louis Rams at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks defeated the Rams 30-13. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

It just might be. It’ll be tough to convince most fans of the Seattle Seahawks that it’s not, but what about the rest of the NFL fans? Turns out the rest aren’t as impressed.

The “bracketology” on has lined up the 64 greatest NFL plays of all time and had them compete in head to head matchups over the past few weeks. Only 4 remain.

A pair of 3 seeds are matched up for the right to go to the finals: Marshawn Lynch’s “beast quake” run and Steven Young’s crazy TD scramble vs the Vikings in 1988.

In all honesty, both plays are amazing.

Ultimately though, I have to give the nod to Lynch and the Beast Quake. The fan’s reaction at Qwest (now CenturyLink) was so huge it was recorded as an earthquake at the University of Washington (hence the “Beast Quake” name). Yes, that’s me being a Seahawks homer. It’s also because there’s a difference in the stage.

Lynch’s run was in the playoffs vs. the defending Super Bowl champions. That run was the exclamation point on the arrival of the Seahawks as a contender under Pete Carroll. Steve Young’s run happened in October. Nothing that happens in October, no matter how amazing, is bigger than a playoff statement like the Beast Quake.

As of the time I’m writing this, Steve Young’s TD has a huge lead.

Voting ends tomorrow. So if you want to see the Beast Quake immortalized as the best single play in NFL history, you better get over there and vote. (Seriously, click the above link and vote! just do it!)

Oh, and here’s the Beast Quake in video form, because we can never possibly see it too many times.