Marshawn Lynch's postseason numbers among all-time greats

Marshawn Lynch posted big numbers in Seattle, highlighted by strong postseason play. Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY Sports

If Marshawn Lynch walks away from the game like he has told people close to him, the Seattle Seahawks running back will go down as one of the best backs of his generation and one of the all-time greats in the postseason.

Lynch came to Seattle in a mid-season trade with the Buffalo Bills in 2010. He rushed for a league-high 51 touchdowns from 2011-15, six more than Adrian Peterson, who ranked second over that span. Lynch had at least 1,000 yards rushing and at least 10 rushing touchdowns in each of his first four full seasons with the Seahawks, tied for the third-longest streak in NFL history behind LaDainian Tomlinson (eight) and Shaun Alexander (five).

Only seven players in NFL history have rushed for more yards in the postseason than Lynch's 937 - Emmitt Smith, Franco Harris, Thurman Thomas, Tony Dorsett, Marcus Allen, Terrell Davis and John Riggins.

Lynch had six 100-yard rushing games in the playoffs, a total eclipsed only by Davis and Smith. Davis and Smith each had seven 100-yard rushing games in their postseason careers.

"Beast Mode" earned his nickname by accumulating 2,659 rushing yards after contact over the last five seasons, second to Peterson's 2,776 yards after contact. Lynch gained 488 yards after contact in the postseason from 2010-15, 270 more yards after contact than the next-closest running back. That number includes 102 yards after contact in Seattle's 2010 Wild Card game against the New Orleans Saints, 30 more yards after contact than the next-closest player in any postseason game in the last 10 years.