The Seattle Seahawks are back, and that should make the rest of the NFL very nervous. That's the basic consensus of the NFL media after the Seahawks held off the New England Patriots 31-24 Sunday night in Foxborough.
"See, Team Chip on Its Shoulder did it again Sunday night. Against the kings of the league. Against All-World Tom Brady," wrote The News Tribune's Gregg Bell.
Hawks are back— Cris Collinsworth (@CollinsworthPFF) November 14, 2016
The Washington Post's Mark Maske says the refs made the right call in not calling pass interference on that final pass to Gronkowski.
"There was plenty of contact, and Gronkowski looked around for a penalty flag for pass interference on Chancellor. But none was thrown. Gronkowski was at least as responsible for the contact on the play as Chancellor was, and the view here is that the officials made the correct judgment in letting it go."
November 14, 2016
4th and Goal.
Brady to Gronk...?
Here's an electoral map of people who thought was defensive pass interference. pic.twitter.com/MhuKkX2Vlm— numberFire (@numberFire) November 14, 2016
A quick surf of the web finds most of the media (excluding Seattle and New England) agreed the non-call was a good call.
But some like the always polarizing Skip Bayless disagreed.
KAM CHANCELLOR GRABBED GRONK AND PULLED HIM DOWN. OBVIOUS PASS INTERFERENCE. BUT REFS DIDN'T HAVE GUTS TO CALL IT AND DECIDE GAME.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) November 14, 2016
Chancellor said the Seahawks ran that exact play on the final play of practice Friday.
"He (scout teamer Marcus Lucas) did the same exact route, and we both fell and hit the ground," Chancellor said of the practice play, according to Mike Shalin of the Sports Xchange . "I actually got my hand on the ball that time -- but he didn't push me. It was just a little different."
After LeGarrette Blount had scored three touchdowns on the ground, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was second-guessed about throwing a pass on that final play -- just as Pete Carroll was in Super Bowl XLIX. That led to no shortage of mocking tweets.
That Marshawn sign on this play pic.twitter.com/FkQ1wwCXwO— Eric Kay (@ekaycbs) November 14, 2016
ESPN's Ian O'Connor said it's one step toward Carroll exorcising the demons of that Super Bowl call -- and getting some payback after being fired by Patriots owner Robert Kraft 17 years ago.
"So Carroll had so much invested in his first game back since Kraft fired him all those years ago. It was a wonderful back-and-forth football game, too, not unlike the epic Super Bowl encounter between these two teams," wrote O'Connor.
But Carroll will be questioned about his decision to go for two points on the Seahawks' final touchdown.
"So, no, we had no issue with going for two, but the Seahawks should remove "fade route to our shortest receiver" off the call sheet. The good news: Seattle avoided overtime and found a way to win," wrote Ryan Wilson of CBSSports.com
Hello, C.J. Prosise! The rookie from Notre Dame touched the ball 23 times for 153 yards and put his backfield teammates on notice.
"When (Christine) Michael and Thomas Rawls are fully healthy, it'll be interesting to see whether Prosise remains a fixture in the game plan," wrote Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com.
And Russell Wilson had his best game of the season, six days after having his best game of the season. He went 25 of 37 for 348 yards, 3 touchdowns and no interceptions.
"After a Week 8 loss against the New Orleans Saints, the Seahawks decided they were being too cautious with Wilson. The game plans had called for him to get rid of the ball quickly and avoid big hits. But that had turned them into a dink-and-dunk operation. Since, Seattle has moved towards a more downfield passing attack, and it’s paid off," wrote ESPN's Sheil Kapadia.
And The Seattle Times' Jayson Jenks says a healthy Wilson creates an "unsolvable problem" for defenses.
"His ability to run opens up the running game, keeps defenses on alert, creates explosive plays down the field. It has always been one of his greatest traits, and now it is back," wrote Jenks.
MMQB's Peter King said the Seahawks survived a scheduling quirk in which the Seahawks, coming off a Monday night game, had to fly clear across the country and beat a team who was coming off its bye week.
"The Seahawks’ defense had been worn down, having played 90, 72 and 82 snaps, respectively, in a three-game, 16-day span coming into Foxboro Sunday night. Seattle came back from deficits of 7-0, 14-12, 21-19 and 24-22 to win," wrote King.
We'll leave the last word for Seattle rapper Macklemore.
YESSSSSSSS!!!! Needed that one ... @Seahawks— Macklemore (@macklemore) November 14, 2016