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Here’s our weekly look at the key plays in the Patriots’ game after reviewing the film.

Seahawks defense

The Seahawks were a much faster, much tougher defense than the Patriots have faced this year.

Martellus Bennett should have been in line for a big gain. He streaked open across the middle, and James White was in position to set a legal pick.

But Kam Chancellor showed great recognition in jumping the route and tackling Bennett before he could reach the corner.

Defending the Seahawks

The Patriots were worried about the deep pass all night.

Here they played seven defenders at least 10 yards off the line of scrimmage.

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The Patriots often had good coverage, but no pass rush.

Without the threat of a pass rush, Russell Wilson and his receivers had plenty of time to work their way open, like on this 10-yard throw to Doug Baldwin

And Wilson was fearless, taking several shots deep. He had Baldwin wide open over the middle, but instead went up top to Tyler Lockett for a 36-yard gain.

The Patriots rarely got a hand in Wilson’s face. Note Trey Flowers spying Wilson more than rushing him.

But the Patriots couldn’t get pressure on Wilson when they blitzed, either.

Go deep

In Super Bowl XLIX, the Patriots emphasized running short, quick routes, not verticals. Sunday, they reversed course and ran myriad vertical routes throughout the game.

Missed opportunities

The play on which Rob Gronkowski suffered a chest injury, Tom Brady didn’t see Martellus Bennett streaking wide open up the left seam. This could have been a touchdown.

Blocking the run

Fullback James Develin played 22 snaps and had a nice game run blocking, here setting the edge well on LeGarrette Blount’s 13-yard touchdown.

And Blount did a nice job beating Bobby Wagner around the corner.

Offensive snapcounts
ARI (71) MIA (80) HOU (64) BUF (56) CLE (80) CIN (64) PIT (57) BUF (69) SEA (67) Season (608) %
G Joe Thuney 71 80 64 56 80 64 57 69 67 608 100%
C David Andrews 71 80 64 56 80 64 57 65 67 604 99%
T Marcus Cannon 71 80 64 56 0 64 57 65 67 524 86%
OT Nate Solder 0 65 64 56 80 64 57 69 67 522 86%
G Shaq Mason 14 39 64 56 80 64 57 69 67 510 84%
QB Tom Brady 0 0 0 0 71 64 57 65 67 324 53%
TE Rob Gronkowski 0 0 14 39 65 57 52 63 57 347 57%
WR Julian Edelman 61 63 48 50 59 58 51 61 53 504 83%
TE Martellus Bennett 69 80 63 44 55 36 30 42 44 463 76%
RB LeGarrette Blount 42 51 46 30 31 25 31 36 37 329 54%
WR Chris Hogan 55 63 57 52 49 56 32 64 32 460 76%
RB James White 26 28 16 21 38 39 25 33 29 255 42%
WR Danny Amendola 19 19 13 13 21 26 19 32 27 189 31%
FB James Develin 17 24 24 5 22 8 11 7 22 140 23%
WR Malcolm Mitchell 39 31 17 20 25 11 31 0 20 194 32%
T Cameron Fleming 71 16 15 0 80 0 0 5 7 194 32%
WR Matt Slater 4 14 2 0 11 1 1 6 7 46 8%
QB Jacoby Brissett 0 38 64 56 0 0 0 0 0 158 26%
QB Jimmy Garoppolo 71 42 0 0 9 0 0 4 0 126 21%
G Ted Karras 58 41 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 103 17%
TE AJ Derby 20 0 0 1 11 3 0 0 0 35 6%
TE Clay Harbor 0 22 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 4%
RB DJ Foster 0 4 0 0 12 0 0 0 0 16 3%
RB Brandon Bolden 3 0 2 5 0 0 3 0 0 13 2%
Defensive snapcounts
ARI (61) MIA (65) HOU (71) BUF (76) CLE (63) CIN (68) PIT (73) BUF (78) SEA (70) Season (625) %
S Devin McCourty 61 65 71 76 63 67 72 70 70 615 98%
S Patrick Chung 60 57 68 76 63 63 71 70 70 598 96%
LB Donta Hightower 58 0 0 69 29 66 68 57 70 417 67%
CB Malcolm Butler 61 64 71 76 55 66 73 70 68 604 97%
CB Logan Ryan 61 57 71 68 63 66 31 51 68 536 86%
DE Trey Flowers 21 37 43 42 33 21 20 21 61 197 32%
LB Elandon Roberts 0 6 0 0 31 50 13 28 58 186 30%
DT Malcom Brown 30 39 31 63 42 44 35 50 49 383 61%
DT Alan Branch 31 37 36 57 41 53 40 43 48 386 62%
DE Rob Ninkovich 0 0 0 0 24 46 56 62 46 234 37%
CB Justin Coleman 40 59 0 29 0 0 17 33 44 222 36%
DE Chris Long 39 46 55 58 47 41 50 54 37 427 68%
S Duron Harmon 29 31 69 16 22 49 52 29 29 326 52%
DT Vincent Valentine 20 17 20 23 0 0 0 17 18 115 18%
DE Jabaal Sheard 44 45 53 58 48 48 35 57 16 404 65%
LB Shea McClellin 24 39 25 25 0 0 10 20 16 159 25%
S Nate Ebner 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 8 2 15 2%
LB Jamie Collins 61 65 71 76 52 0 65 48 0 438 70%
CB Eric Rowe 0 0 0 0 0 26 73 47 0 146 23%
LB Jon Freeny 6 36 41 15 0 0 0 0 0 98 16%
DT Anthony Johnson 20 0 23 0 0 10 21 0 0 74 12%
CB Cyrus Jones 5 8 33 9 18 0 0 0 0 73 12%
DT Woodrow Hamilton 0 0 0 0 22 20 0 0 0 42 7%
CB Jonathan Jones 0 0 0 0 32 0 0 0 0 32 5%
LB Barkevious Mingo 0 5 0 0 7 8 0 9 0 29 5%
S Jordan Richards 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 11 2%
DE Geneo Grissom 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 0 7 1%

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