Going into this game, I really didn’t like New England’s chances. Seattle and Russell Wilson seem to be able to score at will and The Patriots on paper aren’t a team that should play well in a shootout. The blueprint for The Patriots success is playing old school, smash-mouth football. Running the ball, dominating time of possession and playing shutdown defense.
The New England Patriots end up losing this game to the Seattle Seahawks 30-35 in pretty spectacular fashion.
Let’s break it down.
Patriots D.McCourty 43 yd. interception return (N.Folk kick) 7-0
Seahawks T.Lockett 4 yd. pass from R.Wilson (J.Myers kick) (13-75, 8:12) 7-7
Patriots C.Newton 1 yd. run (N.Folk kick) (12-72, 6:28) 14-7
Seahawks D.Metcalf 54 yd. pass from R.Wilson (J.Myers kick) (4-75, 1:51) 14-14
Patriots N.Folk 25 yd. Field Goal (13-68, 4:48 )17-14
Seahawks D.Moore 38 yd. pass from R.Wilson (J.Myers kick) (6-75, 3:08) 17-21
Seahawks F.Swain 21 yd. pass from R.Wilson (J.Myers kick) (5-52, 2:30) 17-28
Patriots J.Johnson 1 yd. pass from C.Newton (run failed) (6-77, 2:46) 23-28
Seahawks C.Carson 18 yd. pass from R.Wilson (J.Myers kick) (9-65, 4:24) 23-35
Patriots C.Newton 1 yd. run (N.Folk kick) (7-75, 2:16) 30-35
FINAL SCORE NEW ENGLAND 30 SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 35.
New England Patriots
Cam Newton: 30/44 Completions/Attempts 397 Yards 1 TD 1 INT. 11 Carries 47 Yards 2 TDs
Julian Edelman: 8 Catches 179 Yards
Devin McCourty: 1 INT 1 TD
Russell Wilson: 21/28 Completions/Attempts 288 Yards 5TDs 1 INT. 5 Carriews 39 yards.
DK Metcalf: 4 Catches 92 Yards 1 TD.
Chris Carson:17 Carries 72 Yards. 3 Catches 36 Yards 1TD.
- This New England football team is going to be better than I thought. They had a real chance of winning this game, but may have gone to the well one too many times with that final play call.
- Julian Edleman. I know a lot of people were questioning how good Edleman would be without Brady, but I think a performance like tonight’s really cements how talented of a player that Edleman actually is.
- CAM NEWTON. It’s safe to say he is back, right? His stat line really speaks for itself. As long as he stays healthy, this team is going to be competing every single week. He also broke an NFL record tonight passing Otto Graham, Jack Kemp, Steve McNair, and Steve Young for the most multi-rush touchdown games by a quarterback in NFL history.
- There were times tonight when Russell Wilson looked unstoppable. There were also a couple of blown coverages and missed tackles that lead to the Seahawks scoring touchdowns. I fully believe the defense will take a good hard look at the film and be ready for a bounce back game next week vs the Las Vegas Raiders.
As expected, the Patriots lose this prime time match up versus the Seattle Seahawks and move to 1-1 on the season; but, I think the Patriots surprised a lot of people tonight, including myself. As long as Bill Belichick is the coach of this team, I can’t help but feel like the Patriots have a real chance to win every game they play. I look forward to watching this team play next Sunday versus the Las Vegas Raiders who are coming off a somewhat short week.
Final thought. Rest in peace to James White’s father Tyrone White, who tragically passed away in a car accident on Sunday afternoon.
Talk to you all soon.
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