The Seattle Seahawks exacted some revenge for their Super Bowl XLIX loss to the Patriots, beating Tom Brady and Bill Belichick in New England, 31-24, on Sunday Night Football. It was a close game throughout, and in the end, the Seahawks’ goal-line stand in the final minute was the difference.
“They didn’t change what they do,” KOMO-TV’s Mike Ferreri said of the Seahawks on CBS Sports Radio’s After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “They went in there and played their brand of football. It was a big game with a big stage, but they did it the Seahawks’ way. That just kind of fuels their fire a little bit more to go out and play their brand of football the rest of the season.”
It’s hard enough to beat the Patriots in Foxboro. It’s even harder to do it when they’re coming off a bye. But that’s exactly what Seattle did. New England scored just 10 points in the second half, and Kam Chancellor, who played physical defense and finished with eight tackles, was a big reason why.
“He means so much,” Ferreri said. “He’s such an intimidating force, and he brings so much to the table. We saw what happened without him in there for the past four games. Offenses kind of picked apart the defense that was in there. He just makes people a little more afraid to go across the middle. He’s just an imposing presence to begin with and then he’s causing fumbles and of course that huge play to end the game.”
Offensively, Doug Baldwin caught three touchdowns, while C.J. Prosise dominated out of the backfield. He had 17 carries for 66 yards and seven catches for 87 yards.
Ferreri knew that Prosise, a third-round pick out of Notre Dame, would be good after his game against the Saints in Week 8.
“He just got a little short pass, and his burst of speed – he must have had a 30-yard gain,” Ferreri said. “I was like, ‘Wow, he really can turn on the jets when he wants to. He is fast.’ But he did it tonight. The Seahawks have a lot of running backs, sure, but (the running game has) been pretty much non-existent. They just have not been very good running the ball until tonight. He’s terrific. You’re going to see a lot more of him as the season goes.”
With the win, the Seahawks (6-2-1) slide into the 2-seed in the NFC and remain the only team in the NFC West with a winning record. The Cardinals (4-4-1), Rams (4-5) and 49ers (1-8) have all struggled to varying degrees this season.
“It’s a little bit of a surprise for a division that was so good for so long, and now it just isn’t regarded that way,” Ferreri said. “I’m surprised that the Cardinals (have had) the issues they’ve had. When the (Seahawks) saw (the Rams) in Week 2, I thought, ‘Wow, if they could really play well with their defense and their offense can get rolling’ – the Rams, I thought, would be there. And the Niners, I think we knew what the Niners were before the season even began. But it is surprising. If the Seahawks keep doing what they’re doing, I don’t think it’s going to be much of a test for them to keep the division.”
The Seahawks host Philadelphia (5-4) this Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET.