The Patriots suffered their first loss in Seattle on Sunday night to the tune of 35-30. After a hot start on defense led by a Devin McCourty pick six, the defense never really regained that momentum as Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson torched the New England secondary for 5 touchdowns. While no loss is ideal, the Patriots fared better than many had expected, going toe to toe with arguably the best team in the NFC, right down to a goal line stand. Defensively, the Patriots were very hit or miss, Seattle would burn them one drive, but the defense would hold them to a 3 and out the next drive, however they did make a stop when they needed to, leading to New England’s failed goal line touchdown. The Patriots showed heart throughout the game, while many would choose to give up and put in their backups, the Patriots kept grinding and came close to a victory.
The Patriots may not have won, but their resilience and toughness in the 4th quarter made them a very dangerous team. They will look to rebound against the Las Vegas Raiders in New England next week.
Three bright spots despite the loss:
- Cam Newton: Newton threw for 397 yards and 1 touchdown and 1 interception. He also added 47 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground.
- The receivers: Julian Edelman snagged 8 passes for a career high 179 yards, with N’Keal Harry and Damiere Byrd each contributing 72 yards. This unit certainly isn’t as terrible as the rankings and projections made them out to be.
- Overall discipline: The Patriots were only penalized twice for 12 yards and they played a clean game. Despite the win, the Seahawks were penalized 9 times for 68 yards and even had Safety Quandre Diggs ejected from the game after a cheap hit on N’Keal Harry.