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Putting the ball on the ground five times during the regular season, Marshawn Lynch has been unreliable in the playoffs.
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was a sure-handed workhorse during the 2012 regular season, but he's been anything but in the playoffs, fumbling for his second time of the postseason against the Atlanta Falcons.
Carrying the ball 315 times in the regular season, Lynch fumbled only five times, never putting the ball on the ground in back-to-back games. In two playoff games he's now fumbled twice, carrying the ball only 23 times.
Following an 11-yard gain by Lynch, Falcons outside linebacker Sean Weatherspoon punched the ball out, allowing defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux to recover the ball in a scrum. A dejected Lynch was seen sitting on the bench while Seahawks' head coach Pete Carroll attempted to console him.
With the Falcons and Seahawks battling between their receivers and cornerbacks, it will be imperative for Seattle to get its run game going. Lynch has had early success, averaging 5.0 yards per carry, but they'll need him to be sure-handed to stay in the game.