The Seattle Seahawks' run game was so severely decimated by injuries during the regular season that they had to persuade Marshawn Lynch to come out of retirement for Week 17.
Lynch played in three games for the Seahawks, including their NFC Divisional Round loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night. The veteran running back didn't play particularly well versus the Packers, tallying 26 yards on 12 carries. He did, however, score a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs, including one that helped Seattle make the game competitive in the second half.
New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore was impressed enough to give Lynch a shout out on Twitter:
What’s crazy to me is Marshawn Lynch not playing no ball and coming in during playoff time and scoring touchdowns. When everyone else has had 20 + games under their belt on the year. #Beast— The Gilly Lock (@BumpNrunGilm0re) January 13, 2020
Lynch's effort was admirable. He didn't play nearly the entire year and then was dropped into a fierce playoff race at the very end of the season. His workload wasn't small, either. He played quite a few snaps and ended up with 33 touches (30 carries, three targets) in three games.
The 33-year-old running back also was effective at the goal line, which had to drive Seahawks fans crazy given what happened against the Patriots at the end of Super Bowl XLIX. Three of Lynch's touchdowns since re-joining Seattle were 1-yard runs, and the other came from five yards out.
Lynch wasn't able to help the Seahawks make another run to the Super Bowl, but he still should be commended for helping the team get through a very difficult situation at running back.