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Rapid Reaction: Seahawks Hold On In Sunday Night Thriller vs. Patriots

Notes, takeaways, and reaction from the Seattle Seahawks' Week 2 win over the New England Patriots.

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It's never boring when the Seahawks and Patriots play, and for the fourth time in as many games between these two franchises since 2012, Sunday night's game came down to the wire, with the Seahawks barely hanging on for a 35-30 win.

The Seahawks looked to have the game in control after Russell Wilson hit Chris Carson with his fifth touchdown pass of the game to give Seattle a 12-point lead, but the Patriots answered with a touchdown of their own, got a stop, then drove down the field all the way to Seattle's 1-yard line, setting up a final play that would decide the game—if you'll recall, the 2016 meeting between these teams also came down to Seattle needing, and getting, a final stop at the goal line.

Cam Newton, who had been nearly unstoppable in short-yardage situations all game, including two 1-yard touchdown runs, tried for a third touchdown that would win the game, but L.J. Collier shot into the backfield and undercut Newton, Lano Hill was able to take out the fullback, and swarm of other Seahawks came in to finish things off and kick off the celebration in the north end zone. 

Here are six rapid reaction to a thrilling win that improved Seattle's record to 2-0.

1. Russell Wilson, still really good.

Russell Wilson's day didn't get off to a great start, though it was hardly his fault. Coming off of an NFC Offensive Player of the Week award-winning performance in Week 1, Wilson's second attempt of Sunday night's game went off the usually reliable hands of tight end Greg Olsen and right to Patriots safety Devin McCourty, who ran untouched 43 yards for a touchdown to give New England an early 7-0 lead.

But as was the case a week earlier, Wilson was nearly flawless the rest of the way, completing 21 of 28 passes for 288 yards and five touchdowns, giving him a 132.1 passer rating.

With his five touchdown passes—to five different receivers—Wilson matched his career-best single-game mark, and he had four or more touchdown passes in consecutive games for the first time in his career. Wilson also used his legs well to buy time and to scramble for 39 yards on five carries.

Through two games, Wilson has nine touchdowns with just 11 incompletions, two of which hit his intended target in the hands.

2. DK Metcalf wasn't backing down from the reigning defensive player of the year.

With the Patriots deciding to have All-Pro cornerback Stephon Gilmore shadow DK Metcalf for most of the game, it would have been understandable if the second-year receiver had a quiet day. But Metcalf wasn't backing down from the reigning Defensive Player of the year—the two did a lot of post-whistle shoving and grabbing throughout the day—nor was he shut down by one of the game's best corners.

Wilson hit Metcalf four times for 92 yards, including a 54-yard touchdown in the second quarter that saw Metcalf get a step on Gilmore, then haul in another perfect deep ball from Wilson despite good coverage from Gilmore.

According to NFL Next Gen Stats, Gilmore did not allow a single touchdown as the nearest defender in coverage on 104 targets last season, so that play, and Metcalf's entire game, was something very, very special.

3. As good as it was, Metcalf's touchdown catch wasn't the best one of the game.

That distinction instead belongs to David Moore, who somehow kept both feet in bounds for a spectacular 38-yard touchdown that, at full speed, made it look nearly impossible that he kept both feet in. Replays, however, showed that Moore, with Jason McCourty all over him in coverage, got one foot down, hit the pylon with his other foot, then somehow tapped that foot down in the end zone.

According to Net Gen Stats, that play had just a 6.3 percent completion probability, making it the second-most improbable completion since 2018. That makes Wilson partly responsible for two of the three most improbable completions since 2018, because his Week 5 touchdown pass to Tyler Lockett last year also had a 6.3 percent completion probability.

4. Jamal Adams continues to make plays.

A week after recording 12 tackles and a sack in his Seahawks debut, Jamal Adams filled up the stat sheet again, recording 10 tackle, a sack, a tackle for loss and two quarterback hits.

Adams also stopped a 2-point conversion, which proved huge because it forced New England to need a touchdown instead of a field goal on its final drive, and his sack of Newton came on third down in the red zone, forcing New England to punt.

5. Chris Carson is a weapon in the passing game.

Chris Carson had a quiet day running the ball last week, though he did have a pair of touchdown catches in Atlanta. On Sunday night, he got back in the action in the running game, gaining 72 yards on 17 carries. But once again, his biggest impact might have come in the passing game, with Carson catching three passes for 36 yards, including the 18-yard touchdown that proved the deciding score. Carson's three touchdown catches already give him a career high in just two games.

6. Injuries took their toll on defense.

The Seahawks won the game, but saw two key pieces of their defense go down with knee injuries. Marquise Blair, who won the nickel role in training camp, took over at free safety early in the game because Quandre Diggs was ejected for a helmet-to-helmet hit. Unfortunately, Blair's time in that role didn't last long, because he injured his knee in the second quarter and had to be helped to the locker room. With Diggs and Blair out, Lano Hill took over at free safety, and played a role in blowing up the final play of the game to preserve the win.

On another positive note, Ugo Amadi made a number of plays taking over the nickel role, including eight tackles, one for a loss.

Late in the game, the Seahawks also lost linebacker/pass-rusher Bruce Irvin to a knee injury.

The best photos from Week 2's Seahawks-Patriots matchup on Sunday Night Football at CenturyLink Field. Presented by Nesquik.

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