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NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (7-1) VS. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (5-2-1)
Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016 at 8:30 p.m. ET. Gillette Stadium (66,829)

The New England Patriots return from the Bye Week to face the Seattle Seahawks in a rematch of Super Bowl XLIX. Seattle's visit to Gillette Stadium will be their first road game against the Patriots since 2004, the longest current stretch between road games for a team vs. New England. The last team to play games at New England longer apart than that was the Carolina Panthers (Oct. 29, 1995-Dec. 13, 2009).

A victory over Seattle will give the Patriots its eighth win of the year and a guaranteed a finish with a record of .500 or better for the 16th consecutive year. Each of the other 31 NFL teams has had at least one losing season since 2001.

SERIES HISTORY

The New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks will meet for the 18th time overall and for the first time since the Patriots' 28-24 victory in Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on Feb. 1, 2015.

The teams' last meeting in the regular season was on Oct. 14, 2012, at CenturyLink Field in Seattle with the Seahawks claiming a 24-23 victory. Seattle's visit to Gillette Stadium will be their first road game against the Patriots since 2004, the longest current stretch between road games for a team vs. New England. The last team to play games at New England longer apart than that was the Carolina Panthers (Oct. 29, 1995-Dec. 13, 2009).

The Patriots and Seahawks played 12 times in a 14-year span from 1980-93, but have played only four times since then (2004, 2008, 2012 and in 2014 in the Super Bowl).

The 2008 victory pushed the Patriots in front, 8-7, in the all-time series. Seattle evened the series at 8-8 with their victory in 2012 before New England pulled in front, 9-8 with the Super Bowl victory in 2014.

The Patriots beat Seattle, 30-20, on Oct. 17, 2004, in the Seahawks only visit to Gillette Stadium.

The Patriots have had the upper hand in road games against the Seahawks as they own a 4-3 record in games played in Seattle. The Patriots were 3-2 at the Kingdome (1976-1993) and are 1-1 at CenturyLink Field (formerly Qwest Field).

New England won six of the first eight games in the series, which began in 1977.

SERIES BREAKDOWN

NEW ENGLAND 9, SEATTLE 8(INCLUDING PATRIOTS SUPER BOWL WIN)

Home Record, 4-5
Gillette Stadium, 1-0
Foxboro Stadium, 0-3
Sullivan Stadium, 2-2
Schaefer Stadium, 1-0

Away Record, 4-3
Kingdome, 3-2
Qwest Field, 1-0
CenturyLink Field, 0-1

Total Points in the Series, Patriots 321, Seahawks 295

Bill Belichick vs. Seattle, 4-2 (3-1 as New England coach)

Pete Carroll vs. New England, 2-2 (1-1 at Seattle coach)

PATRIOTS-SEAHAWKS QUICK HITS

  • The Patriots and Seahawks played 12 times in a 14-year span from 1980-93, but have played only four times since then (2004, 2008, 2012 and 2014 in the Super Bowl).
  • The Seahawks are the only non-divisional team that the Patriots have played twice in the regular season in the same year. That scheduling oddity took place during the 1993 season, the only year in which the league's 16- game schedule was played over an 18-week span and each team was allotted two bye weeks.

TALE OF THE TAPE

**2016 REGULAR SEASON****NEW ENGLAND****SEATTLE**
Record7-15-2-1
Divisional Standings1st1st
Total Yards Gained3,0422,657
Total Offense (Rank)380.3 (7)332.1 (26)
Rush Offense116.4 (8)75.4 (30)
Pass Offense263.9 (9)256.8 (13)
Points Per Game27.1 (6)20.3 (23)
Total Yards Allowed2,8332,661
Total Defense (Rank)354.1 (15)332.6 (9)
Rush Defense101.6 (15)98.8 (12)
Pass Defense252.5 (18)233.9 (10)
Points Allowed/Game16.5 (2)16.8 (3)
Possession Avg.30:2428:19
Sacks Allowed/Yards Lost17/10416/148
Sacks Made/Yards13/8227/165
Total Touchdowns Scored2617
Penalties Against/Yards52/49565/575
Punts/Avg.35/44.041/39.4
Turnover Differential+3 (8t)+2 (12t)

STRONG SECOND HALF

Since Robert Kraft purchased the franchise in 1994, the New England Patriots own the NFL's best record in the second half of the season. The Patriots are the only team with a winning percentage over .700 over that span.

BROADCAST INFORMATION

TELEVISION: This week's game will be broadcast by NBC and can be seen locally on WHDH- TV Channel 7 in Boston. Al Michaels will handle play-by-play duties with Cris Collinsworth as the color analyst. Michele Tafoya will work the sidelines. The game will be produced by Fred Gaudelli and directed by Drew Esocoff.

NATIONAL RADIO:This week's game will be broadcast to a national audience on Westwood One Sports. Kevin Kugler and James Lofton will call the game.

LOCAL RADIO: 98.5 FM, The Sports Hub, is the flagship station for the Patriots Radio Network. Play-by-play broadcaster Bob Socci will call the action along with former Patriots quarterback Scott Zolak, who will provide color analysis. Produced by Marc Cappello.

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