It’s a given. When the Russell Wilson-led Seattle Seahawks and Bill Belichick-coached New England Patriots face one another, the game is going to be something special.
So which one is the most special to Seahawks fans?
Seattle and New England played another thriller Sunday night, with the Seahawks stopping New England quarterback Cam Newton at the goal line on the game’s final play to prevail 35-30 at a fan-less CenturyLink Field.
And we can file yet another game between these franchises into the instant-classic category.
Sunday’s game was the fourth time Seattle and New England met in the Wilson/Belichick era, and each time the game was a high-caliber affair that came down to the very end. One of those was the infamous Malcom Butler interception at the goal line in Super Bowl XLIX, which Seattle fans would rather forget, so let’s throw that one out.
But the other three were all won by the Seahawks. Which one do you remember most fondly? Let’s do a quick rundown of the games:
n Oct. 14, 2012, Seattle wins 24-23 at CenturyLink Field. This game was Wilson’s coming-out party. Wilson had unexpectedly beaten out free-agent signing Matt Flynn as the starting quarterback, and he was mostly a game manager during the Seahawks’s first five contests. But it was against the Patriots when Wilson showed the world what he was capable of doing. With Seattle trailing 23-10 in the fourth quarter, Wilson engineered two touchdown drives, including a 46-yard bomb to Sidney Rice with 1 minute, 27 seconds remaining that proved to be the winning score. Oh, this one also spawned the famous Richard Sherman/Tom Brady “U Mad Bro?” meme.
n Nov. 13, 2016, Seattle wins 31-24 at Gillette Stadium. This game will always be remembered as C.J. Prosise’s one shining moment. The oft-injured Seahawks running back got his shot as the feature back and busted out for a combined 153 yards from scrimmage. Wilson did his usual thing, throwing for 348 yards and three TDs, including the game-winning 15-yarder to Doug Baldwin with 4:24 remaining. Then the Patriots drove to the Seattle 1-yard line with 14 seconds remaining, but on fourth down Kam Chancellor had the defense on Rob Gronkowski in the corner of the end zone to cause the decisive incompletion.
n Sept. 20, 2020, Seattle wins 35-30 at CenturyLink Field: Wilson was something special in this one as he threw five touchdowns against what many consider to be the best secondary in the NFL. Seattle seemed in control when Wilson lofted an 18-yard TD pass to Chris Carson to make it 35-23 with 4:24 remaining. But Cam Newton got hot, leading the Patriots to one score and then driving to the Seattle 1-yard line for the game’s final play. Newton kept the ball on a keeper, but Lano Hill and L.J. Collier combined to stuff Newton and preserve Seattle’s victory.
So which Seahawks-Patriots game from the past decade is your favorite? Let us know by voting here. And if you must say Super Bowl XLIX, do so in the comments section: