Seahawks, Kam Chancellor happy to show they never went anywhere

Ruben Hill
November 22, 2016

Seattle's latest climb may be underway.

The Seahawks said they had practiced defending the same play in the last sequence of the last practice before the game.

"They weren't nuts. It's because they're so used to winning", Carroll said Monday on 710 Seattle, according to ESPN's Sheil Kapadia.

Quarterback Russell Wilson is a finalist for this week's FedEx Air Player of the Week for his outstanding performance.

The Patriots have employed a bend-but-don't-break approach to defense this season, but that strategy isn't very effective without players capable of eventually derailing drives with big plays and sacks.

With 14 seconds left in the game and New England at the 1-yard line and trailing by a touchdown, Gronkowski motioned out to the far left with Chancellor following in man-to-man coverage.

The win lifted the Seahawks to 6-2-1. We knew that going in and we have to play better than the way we played.

You got a sense after the game on Sunday night that the two combatants realize that as well.

"The good thing is to know that feeling, what it's like to be in a game like that where every play is vital to the outcome is huge", captain Matthew Slater remarked.

For five years, Wilson and Baldwin have worked on moments just like that, and so when Baldwin and Wilson saw cover zero, they did what they've done so many times before Baldwin juked his way by his defender, Wilson floated another one of his moonballs. We were prepared for it.

A rematch of Super Bowl 49, but this time Seahawks edged out the Patriots, 31-24.

Before we get to the turning point of this game, let's not forget how fortunate the Seahawks were in playoff positioning before the game in New England. "You can't turn the ball over". So maybe the former Patriots coach is right when he says the crowd has settled into contentment. "I actually got my hand on the ball that time - but he didn't push me". "If it's blocking all week, I'm going to block. I bet the stadium would've been rocking if Rob Gronkowski wasn't mugged on fourth down and instead caught the game-tying touchdown".

Those three matchups between the Seahawks and Patriots have an aggregate score of Seahawks 79, Patriots 75 (the all-time series is also tied 9-9, by the way). For the game, he finished with 69 yards on 13 carries. It's a long season.

Getting to the quarterback and creating turnovers is more important than ever, and the Patriots haven't done either of these things particularly well.

Other than Malcolm Butler, the Patriots just haven't found any consistent answers in the secondary this season.

New England had thrown 258 passes before being intercepted.

The Patriots surprised many around the National Football League last month when they traded linebacker Jamie Collins to the Cleveland Browns. During his three seasons coaching the Patriots from 1997-1999, the team played at the old Foxboro Stadium. They only lost one, but it was costly when Julian Edelman had the ball jarred loose by Kam Chancellor after a catch. Wilson threw three touchdowns passes to wide receiver Doug Baldwin, including the go-ahead score with 4:24 remaining in the fourth quarter.

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