Well, it was those guys again. Brady, Gronk, Edelman, Lord Belichick — those guys. We don’t need to talk about what happened last time they played. It’s 2016, and like I said, we don’t need to talk about what happened last time they played.
The Seattle Seahawks traveled to the upper right coast for Sunday Night Football, and the night did not disappoint. Kam Chancellor finally made his return and Russell Wilson finally got rid of the heavy ankle tape (meaning he was about 90 percent healthy, if not 100 percent). It wasn’t necessarily a revenge game, but, like I said, we don’t need to talk about what happened last time they played.
With Christine Michael sort-of out for the game, the Birds turned to rookie CJ Prosise, who did his thing. The third round pick had 66 rushing yards and 87 receiving yards, often coming up big on key plays to move the chains and frustrate the fans at Gillette Stadium, who whispered their way through the game and were a complete non factor.
65-year-old Tom Brady, arguably the best quarterback in the NFL this year, threw his first interception of this season on a desperate heave under pressure during the second quarter, as the ball perfectly flew to DeShawn Shead on Brady’s prayer. The Seahawks couldn’t capitalize however and were forced to punt the ball back to New England, who went on an 81-yard drive capped off by a touchdown by LeGarrette Blount, who had three freakin’ touchdowns on the night.
But Seattle went on their own touchdown drive, scoring in under a minute to close the half. Doug Baldwin (who also had three freakin’ touchdowns) finished the drive by catching an 18-yard pass from Wilson. With a score of 19-14 in favor of the good guys, the half closed with Seattle prepared to receive the kick after halftime.
Unfortunately, coming out of the gate the Seahawks were stalled on their first drive after halftime and were forced to punt the ball back to the Patriots in what would be the last punt of the game. After a touchdown by the Pats and back-to-back-to-back field goals by each team, the score rested at 25-24 with about nine minutes left in the fourth quarter. With Tom Brady on the offensive side of the ball and the Seahawks defense on the other side, there was plenty to worry about if you were living in the Northwest.
But as Brady completed a pass to Julian Edelman, one of his most trusty receivers, Edelman crapped the ball away thanks to Mr. Chancellor and Richard “U Mad Bro?” Sherman made his brother Tom Brady mad as he scooped the pigskin up and put the Birds in favorable territory.
Wilson, who looked more like himself on Sunday night than he did on Monday after torching the Bills, capitalized on Edelman’s foible and found Doug Baldwin as Carroll’s crew took a seven-point lead. Perhaps as a nod of respect to Brady, Gronk, and the rest of those Pats, Carroll opted to go for two to pad Seattle’s lead to nine and make it a two-score game.
Without a guy like Marshawn Lynch, Wilson took to the air to try to nab the two, and overthrew Doug Baldwin, keeping the Patriots alive. All that stood between Seattle and the W was Tom Brady, who is no stranger to these scenarios.
With under five minutes left and his squad down by a TD, Brady did what Brady does, and brought his team all the way to the one-yard line with under a minute left. After an attempted sneak by Brady that failed, the Pats went to Blount, who dove and was about a centimeter short from potentially tying the game up. Brady went for the score again, and fumbled the ball after getting too excited but recovered, upping the ante on the drama. After a penalty on Seattle for having 12 men on the field (they can only have 12 when they are at home, apparently) the ball moved a little closer and everyone in Foxborough, Seattle, and watching around the country braced for overtime.
Perhaps due to the reputation of the Seattle defense, or perhaps due to the three failed attempts, Brady and Belichick opted to line up with Gronk facing single coverage. With everyone bracing for a jump ball, Brady called for the snap and tossed one up there for Mr. Robert Paxton Gronkowski to catch and send the game to overtime.
As Brady floated the ball up, Chancellor, who earlier had the strip on Edelman, held his ground and forced Gronk to push off and get himself off balance as he flubbed the catch and blubbered to the official for a flag, which he did not get. Instead, Seattle got their best win of the year on the road against arguably the best team in the NFL.
Wilson played magnificent, throwing for 348 yards and three touchdowns while making excellent reads, protecting the ball, and scrambling when he had to to draw more time. Chancellor made the two biggest defensive plays of the game, and CJ Prosise came up big in his first start. Not one Seattle player had over 100 yards receiving, as Wilson spread the wealth to a balanced diet of different receivers, befuddling the Patriots’ defense and putting fear into the rest of the NFL.
This team is to be feared, and once Michael Bennett returns and the defense is at full strength, well, the fun will really begin.
Oh, and remember, Tom Brady wears UGGs and he probably wore them on the way home while lamenting about the loss.
The Seahawks are at home next week against rookie Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles. Wentz will surely have a fun time in his first trip to Seattle.