Seahawks-Patriots “Sunday Night Football” thriller tops primetime ratings


When the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots meet during the NFL season, it’s always a down-to-the-wire dramatic finish.

Sunday’s matchup was a testament to that.

According to NBC Sports PR, the two teams’ Week 2 matchup averaged a total audience delivery of approximately 18.4 million viewers, easily ranking it as the week’s most-watched primetime show.

The Seahawks-Pats game earned more viewers than Game 2 of the NBA Western Conference Finals or Primetime Emmy Awards, and topped last season’s Week 2 SNF showdown between the Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons which had 18.2 million viewers.

With the spotlight on the Seahawks and Patriots in the primetime showcase, it was unheralded second-year defensive lineman L.J. Collier who made the game-sealing play. Collier stuffed Cam Newton on the 1-yard line as the Seahawks fended off the New England Patriots in the final moments for a thrilling 35-30 victory on Sunday Night Football.

It was also a battle between two of the NFL’s premier quarterbacks.

Wilson cooked with five touchdown passes, becoming the first quarterback in Seahawks history to throw at least four touchdowns in consecutive games after he had four TD tosses in the season-opener at Atlanta. Newton completed 30-of-44 passes (68 percent) for 397 yards and three total touchdowns and a pick.

Wilson & Co. will look to improve upon their 2-0 start as they welcome the Dallas Cowboys to CenturyLink Field in Week 3. Sunday’s kickoff is set for 1:25 p.m. (PT) in Seattle.

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