Saints Vs. Seahawks: Marshawn Lynch and the Greatest Runs In NFL Playoff History

Dylan MacNamara@@DylanMacNamaraSenior Writer IJanuary 9, 2011

Saints Vs. Seahawks: Marshawn Lynch and the Greatest Runs In NFL Playoff History

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    SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 08:  Running back Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks runs for a 67-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter against the New Orleans Saints during the 2011 NFC wild-card playoff game at Qwest Field on January 8, 2011 in Seattle, W
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    Marshawn Lynch's 67 yard touchdown run to cement the Seahawk's win over the New Orleans Saints immediately had people calling it the greatest run in NFL playoffs history.

    Hyperbole or not, Lynch's run through the Saints' swiss cheese defense left viewers stunned and Seahawks fans euphoric. 

    But was it really the greatest run in playoff history? Let's look with the lens of perpective at the top five runs in NFL playoff history. 

5. Willie Parker's Super Bowl XL 75 Yard TD Run

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    "Ol' Fast" Willie Parker set a Super Bowl record when he broke through the right side of the Seahawks' line and set sail for a 75 yard touchdown. 

    Though there weren't any broken tackles (was he even touched?), the longest run in Super Bowl history deserves a spot on this list. 

4. John Riggins Super Bowl XVII Touchdown Run

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    John Riggins was named Super Bowl of XVII in a 27-17 Redskins win over the Miami Dolphins, due in large part to his iconic 43 yard 4th quarter rumble which put the Redskins ahead for good.

    Riggins set Super Bowl records for carries (38) and yards (166).

3. James Harrison's Interception Return In Super Bowl XLIII

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    The only defensive play on this list was James Harrison's 100 yard interception return as time expired in the first half of Super Bowl XLII. 

    Harrison dropped back into zone coverage, picked off a quick Kurt Warner slant, and picked up some key blocks on the way to paydirt. 

2. Marshawn Lynch Goes Beast Mode

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    Marshawn Lynch has had a largely disappointing NFL career after a solid rookie season, but all debts were forgiven (at least by Seahawks fans) after Lynch iced the game with a 67 yard touchdown run in which he broke eight (count 'em) tackles on the way to the end zone.

    Will likely be the NFL play of the year. 

1. Marcus Allen's Super Bowl XVII 74 Yard Dash

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    As hard as it is not to become immersed in the moment and give the top nod to Marshawn, it's even harder to ignore Marcus Allen's memorable run against the Washington Redskins in XVIII.

    There are a handful of highlights that NFL Films show time and again. This is one of them. Truly iconic.