FOXBORO — The Patriots have shown they can beat some of the top defenses in the league through the air this season, by the way of their seven straight wins from early October to late November.
Seattle’s defense may be their toughest test yet and going up against its Legion of Boom secondary.
“They are good. They fly around, they play hard and we’re going to continue to prepare for them,” wide receiver Danny Amendola said Saturday.
The Seahawks had to earn their way to the Super Bowl as they came from behind to beat the Packers in overtime in the NFC championship game. Seattle didn’t allow a touchdown in the second half — only two field goals — in its 28-22 win.
“They are a good team. They play hard for four quarters and in their case a little longer. It’s going to be a battle for sure,” Amendola said.
Facing their own secondary in Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner, Devin McCourty among others in practice should prepare the Patriots receivers for whatever is to come next Sunday when they go up against Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and the rest of the Legion of Boom.
“Absolutely,” he said. “Those guys are some of the best to play that position and they play against us every day.”
Amendola caught 27 passes this season for 200 yards and a touchdown, but has picked up his play in the postseason and become a bigger part in the offense. In the two playoff games he’s caught six passes for 89 yards and two touchdowns, both coming in the divisional round game with the Ravens.
This will be Amendola’s first Super Bowl and he said he is trying to do his best to treat it like any other game.
“It’s a game, we’re going to prepare the same way we prepare for every single game,” he said. “Every game is the biggest game because it’s the game of the week, so this is the game of the week for us.”
Scoring points will be hard to come by against the Seattle defense, which allowed an average of 15.9 points per game, the lowest in the NFL. The magic number for the Patriots is 23, as they are 12-0 this season when scoring 23 or more points.
“You just have to make plays. I feel like our coaches are putting us in a position to be successful and we have to play really well, they are a great defense and we have to be ready,” Amendola said.