The New England Patriots, who stopped Miami in snowy Schaefer Stadium last weekend, played stifling defense today in the comfortable Kingdome, too, and made it a club-record two straight shutout victories by subduing the Seattle Seahawks, 16-0.
Tony Collins rushed 103 yards on 32 carries and Mark van Eeghen 82 on 12, Steve Grogan threw a five-yard touchdown pass to van Eeghen and John Smith kicked three field goals, while their defensive mates intercepted Jim Zorn four times and recovered two fumbles by Theotis Brown. The Patriots, now 4-3, lost only one turnover themselves in dropping the Seahawks to 3-4.
Van Eeghen advanced to No. 16 in the all-time NFL career rushing list, past Don Perkins.
Mike Haynes had two of New England's pass interceptions. Lester Williams recovered a fumble and blocked a field goal try by Norm Johnson.
Collins added 21 yards to his total offense by receiving four of Grogan's 14 pass completions. The Patriots' quarterback, benched much of the season, threw 20 times, grossing 157 yards and never being intercepted.
Zorn was 15 of 35 for 134 yards. The four interceptions he yielded equaled his previous season total.
New England led, 10-0, after Grogan's pass to van Eeghen :009 before halftime. It came on third down and five and completed a nine-play, 82-yard drive.
Smith, who beat the Dolphins with a field goal after a snowplow cleared his spot in New England last week, succeeded from 21, 37 and 23 yards here.
His 23-yarder in the fourth quarter came after New England drove 88 yards in 17 plays in a march that consumed 10:17.
New England had the ball 42 of the 60 minutes. Coach Ron Meyer commented, "You have to keep the ball away from the Seahawks. Using ball control gives you the best chance to win if you can pull it off. And I think we're becoming a good defensive team."
"Our defense," Grogan concurred, "allowed us to play conservatively and wait for the big break."