Final

Patriots 23

(3-3, 2-2 away)

Seahawks 24

(4-2, 3-0 home)

Coverage: CBS

4:05 PM ET, October 14, 2012

CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA 

1 2 3 4 T
NE 7 10 3 323
SEA 10 0 0 1424

Top Performers

Passing: T. Brady (NE) - 395 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: M. Lynch (SEA) - 15 CAR, 41 YDS

Receiving: W. Welker (NE) - 10 REC, 138 YDS, 1 TD

Russell Wilson, Seahawks shock Patriots with rally in 4th

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SEATTLE -- Tom Brady and the best offense in the NFL got upstaged by an undersized rookie.

In the final minutes, it was Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks making all the big plays.

"If guys didn't believe in him," Seattle safety Earl Thomas said, "I guarantee they believe in him now."

Wilson found Sidney Rice behind the secondary for a 46-yard touchdown with 1:18 remaining, and the Seahawks rallied for 14 points in the final 7:31 to stun the New England Patriots 24-23 on Sunday.

The matchup between the Patriots' No. 1 ranked offense and Seattle's No. 1 defense instead turned in to a starring performance for Wilson. And a shocking rally that gave Pete Carroll a win in the first matchup against the franchise he coached for three seasons in the late 1990s. Carroll was bouncing around the sideline in celebration after one of his biggest pro victories.

"I hadn't even thought about that. That was a long time ago and there have been a lot of games," Carroll said. "I really love Robert Kraft, he's a great man and he's been great throughout the years about our separation of sorts. I respect the heck out of him. But I'm a competitor and, heck yeah, I want to win against those guys."

Wilson hit Braylon Edwards on fourth down for a 10-yard TD to get the Seahawks within 23-17. After a pair of holds by Seattle's defense, Wilson found Rice streaking open on a double move for his third touchdown pass of the game. Steven Hauschka's extra point gave Seattle (4-2) the lead with 78 seconds remaining.

Brady had a final chance to make up for all the opportunities the Patriots (3-3) squandered. Starting at his 20 with 1:14 left, Brady missed Brandon Lloyd then was sacked by Jason Jones, the first sack all day by Seattle. His pass for Aaron Hernandez, back after being out since Week 2 with an ankle injury, was incomplete, and Wes Welker was stopped short on fourth down.

Seattle's winning touchdown came after Carroll showed confidence in his defense. The Seahawks went three-and-out with 3:20 left, and Carroll risked never seeing the ball again and punted.

Even though Seattle had three timeouts and the two-minute warning, it was still a risky proposition.

"I wasn't surprised. As a defense we want the game on our shoulders," Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner said. "We have the confidence in us; we know Pete has the confidence in us."

Seattle forced the Patriots into just their fifth three-and-out of the season, and only 14 seconds elapsed before Zoltan Mesko punted. Leon Washington returned the punt 25 yards and Seattle started its winning drive at its 43.

Wilson faked a handoff and looked deep. Rice was on an option route, and the coverage directed Rice to the middle. After faking to the outside, he was wide open.

"It was a heck of a throw. When I came out of my break, the whole time I was looking at the ball in the air and it was so pretty," Rice said. "I was just running, I was like 'You've got to catch up to it, you've got to catch up to it,' and I was able to track it down."

Wilson finished 16 of 27 for 293 yards, the best day of his young career. He added Brady to an impressive list of quarterbacks he's topped this year: Tony Romo, Aaron Rodgers and Cam Newton. It was also the fifth time in six games Wilson found himself in a late drive with the game on the line.

"I think I'm always comfortable no matter the situation, I think I'm just more experienced," Wilson said. "Being in those situations you have to trust what you see, you have to be quick with your decisions, but also believe in your decisions and just be decisive with the football."

Brady finished 36 of 58 for 395 yards and touchdown passes of 1 yard to Hernandez and 46 yards to Welker in the first half. Welker had 10 catches for 138 yards, his fourth straight game over 100. Brady topped 300 yards passing for the 49th time, but was intercepted in the second half by Richard Sherman and Thomas after going 179 attempts without being picked off. One of Brady's interceptions came in the end zone, yet another squandered chance by the Patriots.

New England came away with just one touchdown in six trips inside Seattle's 20. The most damaging came at the end of the first half when coach Bill Belichick opted to throw with 6 seconds remaining instead of kicking the field goal from the Seattle 3. Brady was flagged for intentional grounding and the ensuing time runoff ended the half.

"You lose by one point and here are a lot of things we could have done better to not be in that situation," Brady said.

Seattle's defense gave up a season-high 475 yards after not allowing any of its first five opponents to top 300. The Patriots went eight consecutive drives without punting, and ran 85 offensive plays to the Seahawks' 55, yet could not get the touchdowns to put Seattle away.

Game notes


Hall of Fame DT Cortez Kennedy had his No. 96 retired during a halftime ceremony. He joins Steve Largent (No. 80), Walter Jones (No. 71) and Seattle's 12th Man crowd (No. 12) as the only retired jerseys in team history. ... Lynch's 41 yards were his fewest since Week 8 of 2011, when he was held to 24 yards by Cincinnati. ... Brady's 58 pass attempts were most ever against Seattle. ... The Patriots are the first team with three losses by two points or fewer in their first six games since the 1960 Dallas Texans of the AFL, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NE
SEA
1st Downs2617
Passing 1st downs
2011
Rushing 1st downs
54
1st downs from penalties
12
3rd down efficiency
8-184-12
4th down efficiency
0-11-2
Total Plays8555
Total Yards475368
Yards per play5.66.7
Total Drives1212
Passing388283
Comp-Att
36-5816-27
Yards per pass
6.69.8
Interceptions thrown
20
Sacks-Yards Lost
1-72-10
Rushing8785
Rushing Attempts
2626
Yards per rush
3.33.3
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-00-0
Penalties6-804-35
Turnovers22
Fumbles lost
02
Interceptions thrown
20
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession34:0026:00

Passing Leaders

NEC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Brady36/583956.8221-7
SEAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Wilson16/2729310.9302-10

Rushing Leaders

NECARYDSAVGTDLG
Ridley16342.106
Bolden6284.7013
SEACARYDSAVGTDLG
Lynch15412.707
Turbin5275.4011

Receiving Leaders

NERECYDSAVGTDLG
Welker1013813.8146
Lloyd68013.3023
SEARECYDSAVGTDLG
Rice38127.0146
Baldwin27437.0150

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNESEA
seaFG7:39Steven Hauschka 34 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 9 plays, 68 yds, 5:17
03
neTD5:59Wes Welker 46 Yard Pass From Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 82 yds, 1:46
73
seaTD1:59Doug Baldwin 24 Yard Pass From Russell Wilson (Steven Hauschka Kick is Good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 85 yds, 3:59
710
SECOND QUARTERNESEA
neTD10:38Aaron Hernandez 1 Yard Pass From Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick is Good)
Drive info: 15 plays, 80 yds, 6:17
1410
neFG2:15Stephen Gostkowski 25 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 11 plays, 41 yds, 4:45
1710
THIRD QUARTERNESEA
neFG9:25Stephen Gostkowski 35 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 8 plays, 48 yds, 3:43
2010
FOURTH QUARTERNESEA
neFG9:25Stephen Gostkowski 35 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 8 plays, 53 yds, 3:10
2310
seaTD7:26Braylon Edwards 10 Yard Pass From Russell Wilson (Steven Hauschka Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 83 yds, 2:00
2317
seaTD1:27Sidney Rice 46 Yard Pass From Russell Wilson (Steven Hauschka Kick is Good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 57 yds, 1:20
2324

Research Notes

The Patriots had the lead late in the 4th quarter Sunday before the Seahawks scored the go-ahead/game-winning TD with 1:18 to play. Including the postseason, it was the 7th time the Patriots lost a game in which it held a lead in the final 5 minutes of regulation since 2009 (T-3rd most in the NFL). Only the Redskins (8) and Dolphins (8) have more over that span.
NEXT LEVEL: Russell Wilson had a 91.4 Total QBR in Sunday's win over the Patriots, the highest single-game QBR of his career and the highest for a Seahawks quarterback since Matt Hasselbeck in Week 3 of 2008 against the Rams (97.4).
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The Patriots' defense controlled Marshawn Lynch on Sunday, holding him to 41 yards on 15 rushes. Lynch posted season-low totals in yards (33), first downs (2) and yards after contact (17) on his 12 rushes inside the tackles. Lynch entered Sunday's game with 434 rushing yards inside the tackles, most in the league, and was averaging 2.0 yards after contact per rush inside the tackles, third best among players with at least 50 rushes.
Russell Wilson completed as many passes deeper than 20 yards downfield today (five) as he has all season, including the 46-yard game-winning touchdown pass to Sidney Rice with 1:27 left in the game. Wilson's average pass on Sunday traveled 15.2 yards, more than twice as deep as his 7.5 average through the first five games of the season.
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Tom Brady threw a career-high 58 pass attempts during Sunday's loss to the Seahawks. The Patriots are 3-0 this season when running the ball on at least half of plays from scrimmage and 0-3 when attempting more passes than rushes.
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