Kam Chancellor recalled some of the final plays of Sunday's win over New England when he met the media Thursday.
No one’s ever doubted Kam Chancellor’s ability to make a sudden impact on the football field.
But he reminded everyone again of that skill Sunday when he made eight tackles, forced a fumble and broke up a pass intended for Rob Gronkowski on the final play as the Seahawks beat the Patriots 31-24.
It was a performance good enough to earn him NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors in what was his first game since Oct. 2— he had missed four games in between with a groin injury.
“I’m thankful for it,” Chancellor said when he met the media Thursday. “A lot of the credit goes to my teammates. Just being able to put me in positions to make the plays that I’ve made. Everybody being accountable to their gaps so I can play my gap and make plays. A lot of it goes to my team rallying around me and feeding off each other.”
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The game ended what had been the longest absence due to injury of his NFL career.
“It felt good to get back on the field,” he said. “Being away for a while I was just anxious to get back on the field and execute plays that I studied on film and kind of know where teams want to attack us on defense. It felt good to get back out there and execute.”
Especially on the final series.
On second down, Chancellor got credit for the tackle when LeGarrette Blount tried to jump over the pile from the 1.
Chancellor recalled he wasn’t expecting Blount to leap.
“It was a called blitz off the edge for me and another backer on the other side, I think it was Cassius (Marsh),” he said. “We had a blitz off the edge and once I seen him get the ball I just scraped tight and just happened to catch him as soon as he jumped. We got a great push up front also which allowed him to slow down just a little bit, and I was able to get there.”
Then on fourth down came the fade to Gronkowski.
“I actually was thinking that it was going to happen about three plays before,” Chancellor said. “It was one of the plays we seen on film and in practice. I knew it was going to come. They could have changed it to any route they wanted to but that’s what we seen on film so I just played what I seen on film.”
Was he worried he might be called for pass interference?
“No,” he said. “I knew I executed well. I knew that he applied the contact first, pushed and I just played good defense.”