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Marshawn Lynch declares himself ready for Panthers clash

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Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch Ready to Play Vs. Panthers

The Carolina Panthers navigated their best season in franchise history, going 15-1 in the process. Now their reward for such a feat is to go head-to-head with the reigning two-time NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks.

Furthermore if that wasn't enough, star running back Marshawn Lynch, who has been sidelined since week 10 after undergoing hernia surgery in November, has announced that he is ready to go. In typical Marshawn fashion, Lynch broke the news without much fuss, simply sending ESPN's Kenny Mayne a two word text "I'm ready", as reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN.

In his eight years in the league Lynch has garnered 9,112 career yards in the regular season, and 910 in the post season according to NFL.com.

In what may be Lynch's last ride with the Seattle Seahawks since be acquired from the Bills in 2010, Beast Mode finds himself returning to team that more closely resembles the juggernaut that rampaged through the NFC last season, rather than the team that struggled earlier this season against the Packers, Rams, Cardinals and aforementioned Panthers. Although Seattle barely escaped Minnesota with a victory last weekend, the Legion of Boom still managed to hold the Vikings to three field goals and zero touchdowns.

Per ESPN, the Seahawks are the #1 defense against the rush and #2 against the pass, and Lynch's return will surely be boon for a team looking to return to the game's brightest stage.

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HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 09: Frankie Hammond #85 of the Kansas City Chiefs makes a catch against the Houston Texans during the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at NRG Stadium on January 9, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Kansas City Chiefs running back Spencer Ware (32) scores in the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans during the AFC Wild Card game on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, at NRG Stadium in Houston. The Chiefs won, 30-0. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS via Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 09: The Kansas City Chiefs huddle in the first quarter against the Houston Texans during the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at NRG Stadium on January 9, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 09: Cairo Santos #5 of the Kansas City Chiefs makes an extra point in the third quarter against the Houston Texans during the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at NRG Stadium on January 9, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 09: Travis Kelce #87 of the Kansas City Chiefs is tackled by Kevin Johnson #30 of the Houston Texans in the second quarter during the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at NRG Stadium on January 9, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - JANUARY 09: Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is unable to catch a pass as he is defended by Chris Lewis-Harris #37 of the Cincinnati Bengals in the fourth quarter during the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Paul Brown Stadium on January 9, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - JANUARY 09: Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is unable to catch a pass as he is defended by Leon Hall #29 of the Cincinnati Bengals in the fourth quarter during the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Paul Brown Stadium on January 9, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 10: Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks reacts after being sacked in the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at TCFBank Stadium on January 10, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 10: A general view of fans during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Seattle Seahawks at TCFBank Stadium on January 10, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 10: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings fumbles the ball in the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at TCFBank Stadium on January 10, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 10: Blair Walsh #3 of the Minnesota Vikings misses a 27-yard field goal in the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at TCFBank Stadium on January 10, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Seattle Seahawks defeat the Minnesota Vikings with a score of 10 to 9. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - JANUARY 10: Wide receiver James Jones #89 of the Green Bay Packers is tackled by cornerback Quinton Dunbar #47 of the Washington Redskins in the second quarter during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at FedExField on January 10, 2016 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - JANUARY 10: Inside linebacker Clay Matthews #52 of the Green Bay Packers in action against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on January 10, 2016 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD- JANUARY 10: Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) is sacked by Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Mike Neal (96) for a 16 yard loss on fourth down with just under three minutes left tin the fourth quarter of the NFC Wild Card playoff game between the Washington Redskins and the Green Bay Packers at FedEx Field on Sunday, January 10, 2016. (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/ The Washington Post via Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - JANUARY 10: Jeff Janis #83 of the Green Bay Packers is tackled by Tanard Jackson #36 of the Washington Redskins during a kick-off return in the first quarter during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at FedExField on January 10, 2016 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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