One word to describe this game: WOW.
This is what a Sunday night game is supposed to look like! When a player like Russell Wilson goes up against Cam Newton, just sit back and enjoy the show. A lot of talented players performed well in this game. Here is my breakdown of this Sunday night classic for Week 2.
“MR. UNLIMITED” IS TRULY UNLIMITED
Russell Wilson finished his productive day going 21-of-28 for 288 yards, with five touchdowns and only one interception. He also ran the ball five times for 39 yards, giving him an average of 7.8 yards per carry. Wilson threw his five touchdowns to five different teammates, which is incredible for any quarterback. I am calling it now: this is Wilson’s MVP year.
FIRST HALF SCORING
The Patriots started the game off hot. Russell Wilson was picked off by Devin McCourty on only the game’s third play. McCourty ran the interception back for an early Patriots touchdown of 43 yards. Though the Patriots defense initially stepped up, the Seahawks answered right away with a 13-play scoring drive, ending with a Wilson connection to Tyler Lockett for a four-yard touchdown. That knotted the game at seven-all. The Patriots answered with a 12-play drive of their own, finishing with a successful one-yard scamper by quarterback Cam Newton, giving the Patriots a 14-7 lead. Newton finished his productive day at the office going 30-of-44 for 397 yards, one passing touchdown and one interception. Newton also ran the ball 11 times for 47 yards and two touchdowns. A very productive day for both quarterbacks in this one.
Just two drives later, Wilson hit D.K. Metcalf over the top on a beautiful 54-yard dime for a touchdown. The chemistry between Wilson and Metcalf is growing tighter and tighter every week. This is the second-consecutive week that Wilson has hit Metcalf for a deep touchdown. What makes this even more impressive is they hooked up on the reigning defensive player of the year in Stephon Gilmore. Gilmore and Metcalf battled all night in a physical match-up. The score at halftime was all tied up at 14-14.
SECOND HALF SCORING
The second half of this game was amazing to watch. Russell Wilson threw three amazing touchdowns in the second half, including a 38-yarder to David Moore. If you follow the Seahawks, then you most likely saw the impossible pass that Wilson completed to Tyler Lockett last year in the back of the end zone — Moore’s catch was similarly impossible, as he was blanketed by coverage on the sideline and somehow caught the pass and managed to get two feet in. It was an early-season catch of the year candidate.
Chris Carson had a decent day on the ground, carrying the ball 17 times for 72 yards, giving him an average of 4.2 yards per carry. It was the second-straight week that Carson has caught a touchdown from Russell Wilson. They hooked up late for an 18-yard score, pushing their lead to 35-23 with less than five minutes remaining in the game.
Cam Newton and the Patriots really fought hard until the end.
New England’s defense stood tall and gave the Patriots a chance to win the game, down by five. Cam Newton drove down the field, targeting wide receivers Julian Edelman and N’Keal Harry for most of the final drive. With nine seconds left on the clock, Newton hit Harry to put the Patriots on the one-yard line.
There it was: the game was in Newton’s hands for the win.
The Patriots decided to run a play that Seattle had not stopped all game; Newton received the snap and went with a quarterback power-left. Second-year defensive end L.J. Collier made quite possibly his best play of his young career: Collier took on a blocker and went low to flip Newton up and over, just short of the end zone and a touchdown — an incredible play by the Seahawks’ young defender.
An improbable stop made to win the game for Seattle.
Yet another Seahawks-Patriots game ended on the one-yard line.
Although this wasn’t the Super Bowl, it sure felt like it. The passion and heart shown by both teams in this game was unmatched. Watching this game, you could tell both teams wanted to come out on top, more than anything.
This Seahawks team will go as far as Russell Wilson will take them. He is the clear leader and best player on this team. This team will ride for Wilson through thick-and-thin as he looks to lead Seattle back to the Super Bowl.
LOOKING AHEAD TO NEXT WEEK
The Seattle Seahawks (2-0) will host the Dallas Cowboys (1-1) next week in what should be a very exciting game. Dallas is coming off an impossible comeback in Week 2, and they are looking to repeat some of their success through the air.
Hopefully, Seattle head coach Pete Carroll learned his lesson after getting fined $100,000 for not wearing a mask on the sideline. Wear your mask, coach!
Keep a look out for my next article — a Week 3 preview of the Seahawks-Cowboys game — coming later this week.
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