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Marshawn Lynch bizarrely marked ‘Beast Quake’ anniversary

Marshawn Lynch is arguably one of the most eccentric personalities to ever strap on a football helmet. So, it should not come as a surprise that the Seattle Seahawks running back has marked the anniversary of his most famous play — and arguably one of the greatest single efforts in NFL history — in a delightfully bizarre manner.

Wednesday marked the nine-year anniversary of the “Beast Quake.” One of the most memorable plays in NFL postseason history, Lynch eluded, stiff-armed and flat-out ran over defenders while breaking nine tackles on the way to an epic 67-yard touchdown during a 41-36 wild-card round victory over the New Orleans Saints on Jan. 8, 2011.

The eruption by Seahawks fans inside CenturyLink Field was so boisterous that seismic activity actually registered on a seismograph in the Seattle area.

To mark the anniversary of the legendary romp, Lynch took to Instagram to share a video in honor of the play.

Given that it was Lynch behind the social media dispatch, the video was quite strange. In it, audio of Lynch describing the play can be heard as footage of … an iguana shaking off attacking snakes plays.

Talk about “Beast Mode.” Literally.

“Lynchian” is of course reserved for references to legendary filmmaking auteur David Lynch. Perhaps an exception can be made for the term to be used outside of its original purpose, but only when it comes when discussing the charismatic and enigmatic running back.

What’s more, after being eased back into playing shape by the Seahawks after his surprising signing a few weeks back, Pete Carroll said this week that a heavy dose of “Beast Mode” should be expected in Sunday’s divisional-round showdown with the Green Bay Packers.

In other words, if there’s any time for a “Lynchian” performance out of Marshawn, the Seahawks obviously hope Lambeau Field will serve as the setting.