Lynch had just rushed for 37 yards on the previous play during his day-long bashing of the Atlanta defense. From the Falcons' 43-yard line, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson pitched the ball to Lynch, who was running right. He stopped, pivoted and threw a soft, somewhat wobbly lateral back to Wilson.
Wilson then threw a deep pass to wide receiver Jermaine Kearse, who made a leaping catch in the end zone, taking the ball away from Atlanta defensive back Thomas DeCoud, for a 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 of Lynch's lateral pass.
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 a more wide-open offense. It was also one of several big plays on the day.
Lynch had the 37-yard run to set up the Kearse's TD catch. Baldwin had a 30-yard reception. 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."
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