Lynch makes decent throw … for a running back


Measured in their assessment, Seahawks players opted to smile and give kudos to Marshawn Lynch for his throwback pass Saturday.

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Lynch had just picked up 37 rushing yards the previous play during his day-long bashing of the Atlanta defense. The Seahawks pitched the ball out to him from the Atlanta 43-yard line the next play. He pivoted and threw a soft, somewhat wobbly pass back to Russell Wilson.

Wilson set then launched toward Jermaine Kearse who pulled in the pass for a 43-yard touchdown to cap a two-play, 80-yard drive that took 57 seconds.

“Marshawn’s probably creeping around here somewhere, so, I’ll say it was a good throw,” wide receiver Doug Baldwin said.

Wilson credited Lynch with a “strike” before downgrading the pass to “not a ball.”

The gadget play brought memories of the end of last season when the Seahawks began to run more open-ended offense. It was also one of several big plays on the day.

Lynch had the 37-yard run to set up the play. Baldwin had a 30-yard gain. Kearse averaged 25 yards per catch. Wide receiver Golden Tate had a 46-yard catch.

“We’re just growing as whole,” Baldwin said of the offense. “Offensively, I thought it was a complete game.”