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No Marshawn Lynch, no problem for the Seahawks on Sunday.

Rookie Thomas Rawls, starting in place of an injured Lynch, recorded the Seahawks’ first rushing touchdown of the season against the Bengals in Cincinnati when he scored on a 69-yard run in the third quarter.


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Rawls took the handoff on the Seahawks’ first play on their second drive of the third quarter. He ran to the right behind the offensive line, then cut left to get past the the Bengals’ front seven. After that he fought off Bengals safety Reggie Nelson down the sideline and took it into the end zone for a touchdown.

The run gave Rawls, who was undrafted, 135 yards on 13 carries.

It was the first rushing touchdown allowed by the Bengals this season. The extra point put the Seahawks up 17-7.


Many football fans pointed out the similarities — by distance, at least — between Rawls’ 69-yard run Sunday and Marshawn Lynch’s famous 67-yard “Beast Quake” run against the Saints in the 2010 playoffs.