Brandon Mebane joined the Seahawks in 2007 – as a third-round draft choice, and just in time for what turned out to be the last of the team’s five consecutive postseason appearances.
The Seahawks are back in the postseason, and so is the wide-bodied defensive tackle. Mebane will start his fourth playoff game on Sunday, when the Seahawks face the Chicago Bears in a divisional-round matchup at Soldier Field.
To help celebrate the team’s return to the postseason after a two-year absence, Seahawks.com asked Mebane for his favorite playoff memory. He wanted two, and anyone his size (320 pounds) deserves a second helping:
“My first one was ’07, when (cornerback Marcus) Trufant took the interception back against the Redskins. That was my favorite one.”
That was in a wild-card game at Qwest Field. Trufant picked off a Todd Collins pass in the fourth quarter and returned it 78 yards for a touchdown – the first interception return for a score in franchise playoff history – to give the Seahawks a 28-14 lead with 5½ minutes to play.
“What was so cool about it,” Mebane said, smiling as he replayed the runback in his mind’s eye, “was that we had a wall set up along the sideline for Trufant. He got the score, but we all felt like we did our part, too, because no one was able to touch him. That was pretty cool.”
Mebane’s other choice was a play that has become an instant classic: Marshawn Lynch’s electrifying 67-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to ice Saturday’s upset victory over the defending Super Bowl champion Saints at Qwest Field.
“Unbelievable,” Mebane said, smiling again, as he talked about his former teammate at Cal shocking the football world. “I knew he had that in him, because I’d seen it before. But to break that kind of run – and to do it the way he did it, when we really needed it – that’s something I’ll remember forever.”
Mebane is not alone on that one.