FOXBOROUGH — Kam Chancellor knew a little bit about the play the New England Patriots ran on fourth down from the 1-yard line with 14 seconds left Sunday night. In fact, he said it was the same play the Seahawks ran on the final play of practice Friday — with scout teamer Marcus Lucas playing the role of Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.
“He did the same exact route, and we both fell and hit the ground,” Chancellor said of the practice play. “I actually got my hand on the ball that time — but he didn’t push me. It was just a little different.”
This time, both players hit the ground as the ball sailed away, ending the Patriots’ chances and allowing the Seahawks to exact a small measure of revenge for their stunning loss in Super Bowl XLIX.
“That was something we saw on the film study, and of course all of my help was on the inside,” Chancellor said. “I kind of knew he was going to a back shoulder or a jump ball. We kind of got engaged, and it just went from there.”
He saluted Gronkowski as “a great competitor, man,” and said the game ended the way it should, with the two of them fighting for the ball. Gronkowski was looking for a penalty, but cornerback Richard Sherman said, “Kam did a great job in great coverage. He tried to bulldoze him, and you just can’t bulldoze him. … We are entitled to our ground, and I think Kam played it as good as you can play it.”
Chancellor, returning after missing four games with a groin injury, played his usually hard-hitting game — his fourth-quarter hit on Julian Edelman causing a fumble and leading to Seattle’s last touchdown. Chancellor was in on eight tackles, four of them solo. He was also called for roughing New England quarterback
Tom Brady by hitting him low, leaving him “sore.”
The win lifted the Seahawks to 6-2-1.
Asked what the result revealed about his team, Chancellor said, “It says exactly what our creed says: ‘We fight until we can’t fight no more.’ No matter what the circumstances are, we never look back. We keep pushing, we keep fighting.”
And they know who they beat Sunday.
“Obviously, when you play against a Hall of Famer (Brady), it is going to be a battle and it is going to be a fight,” Chancellor said. “They haven’t won all those games for nothing. We respect the heck out of them, and I think they respect us.”