Who needs Marshawn Lynch ... when there's MeowShawn Lynch?!!?!
The top kittens in the country are gearing up to face off ... and nuzzle each other ... at this year's Kitten Bowl -- and TMZ Sports has the pics of the athletes.
It's all going down on the Hallmark Channel on Sun. Feb 2nd -- and it's hosted by Beth Stern (Howard Stern's wife) ... so, if you can't stomach the animals in NYC, you can fawn over the pets in the North Shore Animal League.