Fourth-quarter recap: Seahawks 24, Patriots 23
|10.14.12 at 7:20 pm ET|
The fourth quarter is done. Here are a few quick points from the final frame of action:
‘¢New England had the ball and a 13-point lead midway through the fourth, but again, the Patriots could not close. As was the case three times in the last four games — with the Buffalo game being the lone exception — the Patriots struggled to finish off an opponent. In the end, it cost them. The Seahawks had a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns, with the first coming on a Russell Wilson-to-Braylon Edwards play midway through the fourth. That was followed by a Wilson to Sidney Rice scoring connection with 1:18 left in regulation to give Seattle a lead it would not relinquish.
‘¢Part of the reason the Seahawks were able to come back was the fact that Brady was a little sloppy. He tossed his second pick of the afternoon on New England’s first drive of the fourth quarter, with those one coming when defensive back Earl Thomas picked off a pass in the end zone intended for Wes Welker and brought it all the way back to the 20-yard line. Brady struggled with accuracy at times throughout the afternoon — it could be in large part because of the slippery conditions. (Erik Scalavino of Patriots Football Weekly had him with six underthrown balls through the first three-plus quarters.)
‘¢On the following drive, Seattle wide receiver Sidney Rice tossed a pass to Golden Tate, but Pat Chung crashed into Tate, drawing a costly 40-yard pass interference flag and giving the Seahawks some life. However, the defense was able to bail out the team once again — linebacker Jerod Mayo forced a fumble with a hit on tight end Zack Miller and collected the ball on the turnover. (It’s the 10th fumble recovery for the Patriots in the last three games.)
‘¢After the turnover, the Patriots cashed it in with a 35-yard field goal from Stephen Gostkowski, putting the capper on an eight-play, 53-yard drive and making it 23-10 with 9:25 left in regulation. On the series, there was a 22-yard pass play to Woodhead where the wee running back picked up several yards after the catch. In addition, there was a nifty 23-yard along the New England sideline to Brandon Lloyd.
‘¢The Seahawks answered with a gutty series of their own, maneuvering into the New England red zone and going for it on 4th and three from the New England 10-yard line. Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson lofted one for the end zone. Veteran wide receiver Braylon Edward was able to haul in the pass, despite a defensive pass interference call on cornerback Alfonzo Dennard. That cut New England’s lead to 23-17, and set the stage for the Seahawks late heroics.