Seattle safety Kam Chancellor showed a new wrinkle in trying to block a field goal when he twice jumped over the offensive line in the playoffs against Carolina. Though Chancellor didn’t block the kick, he’s given the Patriots something to think about.
“It’s just another gift God gave me,” said Chancellor, a rangy, 6-3, 232 pounder. “I’ve been able to be athletic, been able to be explosive and jump and be limber. It was something our special-teams coach had seen during the week, and it was something we’ve seen. During the week I practiced it twice.
“I felt confident about it. Both times I executed it, and I felt good getting over the line. I just went for it. There was no doubt in my mind.”
Browner wants to lower Boom
New England cornerback Brandon Browner spent 2011-13 with the Seahawks as an original member of the Legion of Boom and still feels a connection to his former teammates.
“I got tattooed LOB … Legion of Boom … that’s what they mean to me,” said Browner, who signed with New England as a free agent in March. “I’m a competitor; those boys are competitors. That’s why we have that bond and we connected because I knew they were going to lay their bodies on the line for me just like I would for them.
“I love those guys; I wish those guys the best. But ultimately I want to win this game.”
Both the Seahawks, with the NFL’s No. 1 defense and No. 1 run game, and the Patriots, playing in their sixth Super Bowl in 10 years, are known for their toughness. Who’s tougher?
“It’s not about who’s tough, who’s tougher,” said New England wide receiver Brandon LaFell. “It’s about winning games. If being tough is winning games, we have the same record they got. We’ve fought in hard games. We’ve beat some of the same teams they beat. We won games running, passing the ball, just like they won games. We won games playing a lot of defense. So it’s not about being tough. It’s about winning games this time of year.
“I know we are a tough team. We are not going to compare to them. We are us. We are New England. We play all style of football. We win games.”