Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch helped seal Seattle's victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday with a long touchdown run that ended with a controversial dive into the end zone.
With just over ten minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Lynch rushed up the middle, evading – and pushing his way past – the Cardinals' defense on his way to a 79-yard touchdown run.
As he entered the end zone, Lynch leaped into the air, turned around to face the field, and grabbed his crotch in a repeat of the gesture he made after a touchdown in the playoffs four seasons ago.
The run was a career-long for the 28-year-old Lynch, who is in his ninth year in the league.
In 2011, the first time Lynch grabbed himself after scoring, he received neither a penalty nor a fine. In this instance, he was not flagged, but the action is more likely to bring punishment from the league.
Lynch carried a total of ten times against Arizona, earning 113 yards and scoring two touchdowns. In 15 games this season, the running back has 1,246 yards and 12 touchdowns.
The Seahawks beat the Cardinals, 35-6, and hold an 11-4 record ahead of their final game against the St. Louis Rams.
- Christopher Woody