FOXBOROUGH -- In 2008, the last season in which the AFC East was scheduled to play the NFC West, Tom Brady was injured on the second offensive series of the Patriots’ first game, a 17-10 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. So he missed trips to Seattle and San Francisco, two of only three teams he hasn’t faced in their home stadium.
So playing in Seattle has a certain appeal for Brady, even though the 13-year pro has been around the block a few times. Add to the fact CenturyLink Field, home of the Seahawks, has a reputation for its thunderous noise, and there’s added incentive to enjoy the experience.
“I’m actually excited to get out there and play in a place I’ve never played,” Brady said. “So I think what makes it loud is they’re very good. So when they make plays, the crowd is into it. And they get a lot of support. They’ve certainly been making a lot of them [good plays] this year at home. They beat two very good teams at home in Dallas and Green Bay. And it’s gonna be a big challenge for us and I’m gonna be excited to see what I can do.”
Brady certainly relishes the opportunity to play well in big road games, like in Pittsburgh last season and Buffalo two weeks ago.
“Well that’s the fun part about being on the road,” he said. “And there’s nothing better than being on the road, like in Buffalo a few weeks ago, there were more of our fans there at the end, than their fans. We’ve done that in Pittsburgh and we’ve done that in some very loud environments. This place will be really loud. Deion [Branch] said in the opening warmups, I think just the way the stadium is built, it just feels like there’s a lot of energy and a lot of sound. Certainly on the field there is. It’s gonna be fun, fun for us players.
“I know when we went out there in ‘08, I didn’t go out there, but it was a dogfight that we had. They only won two games that year, but our game came right down to the end. They have a lot of talented players. It’s a challenging place to play, they play well at home.”
If there’s one Patriot who knows what it’s like to play in Seattle, it’s Branch.
He played for the Seahawks from 2006 to 2010 after being traded by the Patriots, before returning four weeks into the 2010 season on another trade. For Branch, there is no underestimating what kind of environment to expect at CenturyLink Field.
“It’s by far the loudest stadium [in the NFL],” Branch said. “And it can get louder if things go bad for us on the offensive side of the ball.”
The key, Branch said, is for the Patriots to do their job on offense, and quiet the crowd.
“We can control that portion of the game,” Branch said.