A look at connections between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks as we head into Sunday's game at Gillette Stadium.
NEW ENGLAND TIES
- Seahawks DE Michael Bennett is the brother of Patriots TE Martellus Bennett. The two were also teammates at Texas A&M.
- Seattle K Steven Hauschka is originally from Needham, Mass. Hauschka also began his college career at Middlebury in Vermont.
- Seahawks LB Kevin Pierre-Louis went to Boston College and attended King Low Heywood Thomas High School in Stamford, Conn. where he was a two-time New England Prep School Athletic Conference Class C All-Star.
- Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell was the wide receivers coach at Connecticut from 1998-99.
- Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll was the head coach of the New England Patriots from 1997-99.
- Seattle LB Dewey McDonald played in one game for New England in 2015.
- Seahawks DT Sealver Siliga played for the Patriots from 2013-15.
- Seattle quarterbacks coach Carl Smith was the assistant head coach/quarterbacks coach for the Patriots in 1997, and later served as New England's tight ends coach from 1998-99.
- Patriots DL Alan Branch played for the Seahawks from 2011-12.
FORMER NFL TEAMMATES
- Seahawks DE Michael Bennett played with Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
- Seattle DT Ahtyba Rubin and New England DL Jabaal Sheard were teammates at the Cleveland Browns.
- Seahawks T J'Marcus Webb played with Patriots TE Martellus Bennett and LB Shea McClellin at the Chicago Bears.
- Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell was the offensive coordinator in Minnesota when Patriots defensive line coachBrendan Daly was the defensive assistant/ defensive line coach for the Vikings.
- Seattle quarterbacks coach Carl Smith held the same role in Cleveland when Patriots tight ends coach Brian Daboll was the offensive coordinator for the Browns.
FORMER COLLEGE TEAMMATES
- Seattle DE Cliff Avril and New England LB Rob Ninkovich were teammates at Purdue.
- Seahawks RB Alex Collins and Patriots DL Trey Flowers were teammates at Arkansas.
- Seattle LS Nolan Freseand New England LB Elandon Roberts were teammates at Houston.
- Seahawks QB Russell Wilsonand WR Tanner McEvoy played with Patriots RB James White at Wisconsin.
- Seattle DT Jarran Reedand Patriots CB Cyrus Jones were teammates at Alabama.
- Seahawks FB Will Tukuafu was teammates with Patriots S Patrick Chung and RB LeGarrette Blount at Oregon.