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Marshawn Lynch scores, does a little dance in Oakland homecoming

UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 17, 2017, 9:56 p.m.

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch (24) dances on the sideline as wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) watches during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. (Ben Margot / Associated Press)
Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch (24) dances on the sideline as wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) watches during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. (Ben Margot / Associated Press)

Marshawn Lynch’s Oakland homecoming turned into a dance party.

Lynch celebrated his first home game for his hometown team by running for a touchdown and delighting the fans with a lengthy sideline dance in the fourth quarter of the Raiders 45-20 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday.

“That’s Marshawn being Marshawn, playing for his hometown team,” left tackle Donald Penn said. “If you grow up as a kid and grow up rooting for a team and then you get to play for them, wouldn’t that be a dream? I’m just happy for him. He’s living a childhood dream.”

Lynch ran for 45 yards on 12 carries, scoring on a 2-yard run late in the first half. He kept the ball and said after the game he plans to give it to his mother. He then generated perhaps even bigger cheers during a sideline dance that was shown on the videoboard during a stoppage in the fourth quarter, prompting cheers of “Beast Mode! Beast Mode!”

Gates sets record

Antonio Gates caught his 112th touchdown pass as a tight end during the third quarter of the Chargers’ 19-17 loss to Miami, breaking his tie with Tony Gonzalez for the NFL record.

Olsen among injured

X-rays on Sunday revealed that Panthers three-time Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen suffered a broken right foot in Carolina’s 9-3 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday and is expected to miss significant playing time.

Olsen has never missed a game because of injury during his previous 10 NFL seasons.

The Ravens’ 24-10 over the Browns came at a substantial cost. Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda is out for the season with a fracture in his ankle and rookie linebacker Bam Bradley tore his ACL and will miss the rest of the season.


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