Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore got into a shoving match with Seahawks receiver D.K. Metcalf on Sunday night amid a tense battle between reigning Defensive Player of the Year and emerging pass-catcher.
Metcalf had burned Gilmore on consecutive plays earlier in the contest, including on a 54-yard throw over Gilmore’s head. Trash talk no doubt followed that reception, perhaps elevating tensions.
After tangling on the Seattle sideline in the third quarter, Gilmore and Metcalf had to be separated. Several Seahawks players got in Gilmore’s face during the scrum.
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There are few downfield threats with the combination of size, strength and speed that Metcalf possesses. As a rookie in 2019, he racked up 900 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. He already has two scores in two games this year.
Gilmore can guard anyone in the NFL, but Metcalf is the rare player who can find occasional separation from him and cause frustration.
Metcalf made his mark on Gilmore on Sunday night, finishing with four catches for 94 yards and the long touchdown in a 35-30 win for Seattle.