Best and worst: Seahawks 31, Patriots 24
BEST CHRISTMAS GIFT
A brand new Bobby Wagner Backpack just like the one Rob Gronkowski wore during the run following his first reception of the game.
OH, STEPHEN AWARD
After smashing through an extra point on the newly tended Gillette Stadium turf that featured fewer rubber pellets and more sand, kicker Stephen Gostkowski yanked the ensuing kickoff giving the Seahawks the ball at their 40.
GONE MISSING AWARD
Jabaal Sheard, perhaps the Patriots most explosive player along the front, sat the entire first quarter save for the last play. It was puzzling and the insertion of him at the end of the quarter and his extensive use during the second quarter was odd unless the team just wants to platoon him with Trey Flowers quarter by quarter.
REVERSE TRUCK STICK
In the course of picking up 40 yards on eight first-half carries, C.J. Prosise got caught with a heavy shoulder by Malcolm Butler that decleated him.
HEAVE TO NOWHERE
Tom Brady, who hadn’t thrown a pick all season (the Patriots as a team hadn’t either) threw a semi-blind bomb down the right sideline that was easily picked by DeShawn Shead.
Earl Thomas caught Rob Gronkowski running a seam route and delivered a picture perfect blow to the big tight end’s sternum jumbling him up good and sending him to the sidelines for a couple of plays.
I GOT YOU
After Gronk went to the bench, Martellus Bennett was front and center for the rest of the drive making three key catches to get the ball down to the Seattle 1.
WILL NOT BE DENIED AWARD
LeGarrette Blount, stymied at the point of attack trying to cap off the drive, kept churning and sliding until he bulldozed into the end zone to make it 14-12.
HEIGHT OF PERMISSIVENESS
The Patriots defense, playing soft zone and rushing three or two the entire drive, allowed the Seahawks to scurry downfield picking up chunks in the soft spots until Russell Wilson found Doug Baldwin all alone in the end zone to make it 19-14 before the break.
BEST BULLET DODGING
Tom Brady got hit low by Kam Chancellor in the third quarter, taking the shot in the right leg and drawing a flag. Brady was experiencing some pain after the hit, but had his right foot been on the ground when Chancellor hit it the result would have been more than soreness.
Martellus Bennett discarding Earl Thomas at the end of a 36-yard catch-and-run up the right sideline in the third quarter.
MOST DELICATE PLACEMENT
On third-and-25 on the final play of the third quarter, Tom Brady feathered in a 33-yard completion to Julian Edelman to put the Patriots at the Seahawks 9.