SEATTLE — DK Metcalf scored a game-changing touchdown in the Seattle Seahawks‘ season opener last week, when he blew by Atlanta Falcons cornerback Isaiah Oliver on a fourth-and-3 play.

The victim on Metcalf’s second touchdown of the season Sunday was the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year, New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore.

The Seahawks’ second-year wide receiver showed that he has strength to go with his blazing speed when he fought through contact from Gilmore to haul in an over-the-shoulder throw from quarterback Russell Wilson, leading to a 54-yard touchdown.

The play tied the Seahawks-Patriots matchup at 14 midway through the second quarter. According to ESPN Stats & Information, that was the first touchdown Gilmore has allowed as the nearest defender in coverage since 2018. Last season, Gilmore had a league-high 96 targets without allowing a TD.

Gilmore has been shadowing Metcalf for much of the game’s first half.

And midway through the third quarter, Wilson threw a beauty of a pass, a 38-yard touchdown to wide receiver David Moore. The Seahawks moved ahead of the Patriots, 21-17, with seven minutes left in the third quarter.

According to NFL Next Gen Stats, Wilson’s 38-yard TD pass had a completion probability of 6.3% — the lowest completion probability on a completed pass this season and the third-lowest in the history of the metric (since 2017).

Wilson threw his fourth touchdown of the game, a 21-yard strike to Freddie Swain with 2 minutes left in the third quarter.


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