After a four-game absence, Kam Chancellor returned to the field Sunday and made a big difference in the Seahawks' 31-24 win at New England. And for his impressive play, Chancellor was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week Wednesday.
Chancellor finished the game with eight tackles, forced a fumble and provided the coverage on New England's final incomplete pass that secured a Seahawks victory. Chancellor was also a big part of a team effort that limited All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski to three catches.
"He played really well, he was very aggressive," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. "He really was attacking the football. He was getting after the ball on a number of plays. Knocked a couple balls loose, that's as good as you can do on our defense and working on the football. Good hits, good coverage, good challenge."
This is Chancellor's third time in his career earning Defensive Player of the Week honors, the second highest total by a Seahawk behind Richard Sherman, who has been named Player of the Week four times. Chancellor's return to the lineup was an obvious factor on Sunday, and his presence is something the Seahawks are counting on helping them down the stretch.
"He brings years of experience and years of counting on a great player to be a part of it," Carroll said. "All that he brings football-wise, savvy-wise, adjustments, communication, all those things. He's also as hard of a hitter as anybody who plays this game, and that factor—knowing he's out there and looming, ready to make a hit—is a factor in our favor. It's coming, so you have that anticipation. He's a great leader too, so he affects people on both sides of the ball with his intensity and focus that he brings, all that stuff. He played really well too, he did a nice job."
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