'Beast Quake' aftershocks still felt

Vidale: "I can't help but wonder if that enormous volume helped immobilize some of those defensive players. They looked kind of stunned when [Lynch] was running, especially that guy Porter that he knocked over. Maybe he was half knocked down by the sound and vibrations before Marshawn got there."

Shanle: "I think once he had the first down, it was pretty much a done deal. So if I'm a DB, I'm doing the same thing. I mean, Tracy gets a lot of heat for getting stiff-armed or whatever. But Tracy did the right thing as far as going after the ball. Because if you don't get the ball out of his hands, the game's over anyway."

The ball didn't come out. And the game was essentially over.

After Lynch's knockout blow against Porter, Saints defenders Brown, Greer and Harper were still in pursuit. But no one got a clean shot while a handful of Seahawks blockers -- including Hasselbeck -- continued to direct some traffic down the field.

Spencer: "I'm just chasing the play, seeing if I can get another guy. The whole time I'm behind him. I see, I think it was Tyler Polumbus, running down the sideline, trying to get in on a block. I see Hasselbeck coming around, trying to get in on a block. Next thing I see Marshawn diving in the end zone and the place just erupted, went crazy. I never heard that place get so loud."

Hasselbeck's attempted block wasn't pretty, but at least he was doing something. Saints quarterback Drew Brees -- who would throw a late TD pass to make the game interesting before a failed onside kick attempt -- could only watch helplessly from the sideline.

Brees: "[I remember thinking] 'Somebody please tackle him so we can have a chance to win this game.' That was an unbelievable run. Will probably go down in history as one of the better runs, especially in the playoffs."

Robinson: "Honestly, we blocked it totally wrong. It was a [17] Power, but there were like five unblocked guys, not that it mattered. It just worked. Look, I was born in '83, but that was the greatest run I've seen in my lifetime."

Harper: "It just is what it is. You can always say you were there. That's probably the only good thing about it. I don't know how many 8-8 teams [actually 7-9] go on and win in the playoffs, and that's another thing, too, that we were a part of. But you live and you learn, man, and we learn from these things."

Hasselbeck: "It was really cool. I can remember [Lynch] did his end zone thing. We're all celebrating, I'm pointing up at my family. We just won this game. I remember taking a break from celebrating and going and picking up the ball and giving it back to him."

Sharper was less than enthralled by Lynch's celebration.

Sharper: "Then the earth started to quake and the ground erupted. And he goes into the end zone backward and grabs his crotch for everybody to see."

Whether or not Lynch's hand placement was intentional, the celebration was certainly an emphatic exclamation point. He dove into the end zone backward like an uninhibited child leaping into a swimming pool, landing on his back and into a reverse somersault.

Lynch: "That was the stamp on the statement. With all of that [expletive], you've gotta finish it off somehow."

The run obviously meant a lot to Lynch -- more than anyone shaking the earth that day could have realized at the time.

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