Patriots get outmuscled by physical Seahawks' defense (The Associated Press)

For most of this season the Patriots have been able to dominate with a quick strike offense that also pushed around opponents in the trenches. In Sunday night’s 31-23 loss to the Seahawks, they ran into a Seattle team that reminded them what true physical football is all about. After struggling at times early this season, the Seahawks’ defense rediscovered the hard-hitting calling card that has made it one of the NFL’s most imposing units the past few years.