New England Patriots vs. Seattle Seahawks: Matchup History
The New England Patriots
and Seattle Seahawks will meet on Sunday, marking the first time since their
battle in Super Bowl XLIX that
they’ve faced each other. Considering the stakes involved, the back-and-forth
pace of the 28-24 game and the way it ended, the Super Bowl matchup easily
ranks as the greatest of their 17 previous meetings. In those 17 battles, New
England holds a slim 9-8 advantage.
The Patriots, presently
sitting at 7-1 this season, got a 16-year jump on the Seahawks, who were
established in 1976 and are sitting at 5-2-1 this season. This particular
series is a streaky window into the changing fortunes of each franchise, as New
England dominated with five victories in six games, followed by a split of the
next two contests.
When Seattle won in 1989,
it marked the first of five consecutive wins against the Patriots. The last two
both came in 1993, when NFL scheduling pinned the Pats against the Hawks twice.
It wouldn’t be until 2004
that the two teams met again, with the Patriots in the midst of three Super
Bowl titles in four seasons. Bill Belichick’s team won that game and the next,
but watched the Seahawks charge back to win their last regular season clash in
2012. In that meeting, New England led by 13 in the fourth quarter before
Russell Wilson led Seattle to two touchdowns. His second score came on a
46-yard pass with 1:27 remaining.
Stepping back a bit, there
are two games, earlier in the series, that stand out. The 1980 matchup between
these teams was tied three times and saw five lead changes over the course of
the contest. The Seahawks battled back from another 13-point deficit, but this
time, the Patriots drove for the winning score in a 37-31 victory.
Exactly six years later to
the day, Seattle came back from a
10-point deficit in their 38-31 win. Despite the Patriots dominating
offensively, the Seahawks won the game with 17 points scored in the final three
In Sunday’s game at
Gillette Stadium, Seattle will be coming off a Monday night game for which they
had to trek across the country. Tired legs might be one more challenge to a
team that’s been inconsistent on offense.
Meanwhile, New England has averaged nearly 30 points per game since Tom Brady returned from his
struggles have been widely overlooked, due to their league-leading defense,
which was allowing just 15.6 points per game prior to their Monday night game
against the Buffalo Bills. Being able
to neutralize Brady is a tall task for any team and, with Belichick's own
defensive pedigree likely to limit Wilson and Co., expect New England to walk
off the field sporting an 8-1 record.