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FOXBOROUGH, Mass.—It was fitting that a game this good came down to a final goal-line stand.
After the Seahawks and Patriots traded blows all night in a Sunday night game that lived up to the hype, Seattle secured a 31-24 win thanks to a goal-line stand in the final minute. This was a game that had just about everything: big plays by both offenses, hard-hitting defense, great quarterback play from two of the league’s best and seven lead changes.
Here are five rapid reactions from a win that improved Seattle’s record to 6-2-1.
1. C.J. Prosise is the real deal.
Rookie running back C.J. Prosise provided a glimpse of his ability in New Orleans two weeks ago, then this week in his first career start, he was outstanding as a runner and as a pass-catcher out of the backfield.
Prosise was Seattle’s leading receiver with seven catches for 87 yards, and he also rushed for 66 yards on 17 carries, helping the Seahawks put up 96 rushing yards. It wasn't a huge night, but it was their best game running the ball since Week 3.
2. Wilson to Baldwin was almost unstoppable.
Russell Wilson and Doug Baldwin have been two of Seattle’s best offensive players all season, so it was only fitting that in the Seahawks’ biggest win of the year, those two came up with big plays all night long. Wilson, again showing with his mobility that his injured knee is getting better every week, completed 25 of 37 attempts for 348 yards, three touchdowns and a 124.6 passer rating. And Baldwin, who finished with six catches for 59 yards, was on the receiving end of all three of those touchdown passes, matching a career high he set last year on the way to leading the NFL with 14 touchdowns.
3. The defense came up with some huge plays ... and one massive goal-line stand.
Yes, Tom Brady and the Patriots offense moved the ball well at times and scored 24 points, but he’s also a future Hall of Famer playing at home and coming off of a bye, so it shouldn’t be that surprising that New England had some offensive success.
And after playing more snaps than any defense in the NFL over the past three weeks, the Seahawks defense still showed it had some big stops and plays left in the tank. Following New England's touchdown drive to open the game, the Seahawks forced two straight three-and-outs, which were big stops not just for the sake of getting the ball back, but also because they kept the Seahawks defense from racking up a ton of playing time once again.
Even more significantly, the Seahawks forced two turnovers against an offense that is one of the best in the league at taking care of the ball. New England, which had six giveaways through eight games, turned the ball over twice, the first being a DeShawn Shead interception that was the first thrown by a Patriots quarterback this season. With New England trying to take back the lead late in the game, Kam Chancellor forced a fumble in his first game back from injury, Richard Sherman recovered, and Wilson and Baldwin later turned that turnover into a touchdown.
And then, with the game on the line, the Seahawks defense had one more stop in them, keeping the Patriots out of the end zone after the Patriots had first-and-goal from Seattle’s two.
4. It was a record-setting day for Jon Ryan and Steven Hauschka.
In addition to helping the Seahawks win a game with their play, punter Jon Ryan and kicker Steven Hauschka also set a couple of records in the process. By making all four of his field goal attempts, Hauschka set a franchise record for field goals with 160, breaking Norm Johnson’s long-standing mark of 159.
Ryan, meanwhile, was probably thrilled to only punt twice, a sign of how well the offense was playing, and he averaged 52.5 yards on those punts. And by taking the field Sunday night, Ryan established a franchise record for consecutive games played with 136, breaking Chris Gray’s mark.
5. It didn’t end up costing them the game, but one area the Seahawks will want to clean up is their execution in the red zone.
While Brady and the Patriots offense scored touchdowns on their first three trips to the red zone, all LeGarrette Blount runs, the Seahawks settled for short field goals on their first two possessions in the red zone, and were 3-for-7 overall.