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Second-quarter recap: Patriots 17, Seahawks 10

10.14.12 at 5:34 pm ET
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We’re at the half in Seattle. Here are a few second-quarter notes…..

‘€¢The Patriots opened the second quarter on a steady and sustained drive that began late in the first quarter, mixing the run and the pass on a 15-play drive, 80-yard sequence that took 3:59 and included a 13-yard run from Brandon Bolden and an eight-yard catch by Wes Welker. Aaron Hernandez collected a one-yard touchdown pass on a jump ball from Brady that gave the Patriots a 14-10 lead with 10:33 left in the second.

‘€¢Following the touchdown, Brandon Bolden limped off after covering on the kickoff. Meanwhile, the Patriots appeared to replace Kyle Arrington with Alfonzo Dennard in their base defense. On that series, the New England defense forced its first turnover of the game when defensive end Chandler Jones beat Zach Miller on a third-down play midway through the second, knocking the ball away. Rob Ninkovich collected the fumble. It’s the latest in a series of big plays over the last few weeks for Ninkovich, who has forced three fumbles in the last two games coming into this week of action. (It was Jones’ fourth sack of the season.)

‘€¢Seattle defensive back Brandon Browner delivered an absolutely hellacious — but completely clean — hit on Wes Welker on a seven-yard out route late in the second quarter. It was a shot that would have left most on the sidelines for an extended stretch, but four plays later, Welker was back on the field. (It looked like Welker got drilled in the chest.) The slot receiver would go on to haul in an 11-yard reception from Brady to keep the chains moving on third down. The drive  (11 plays, 41 yards, 4:45) would end with a 25-yard field goal from Stephen Gostkowski that made it 17-10 with 2:12 left in the half.

‘€¢After Seattle botched a punt attempt with 48 second in the first half, the Patriots tried to tack on a field goal, but on a late pass attempt Tom Brady was called for intentional grounding — which necessitated a 10-second runoff — and sent the teams to the locker room with New England holding a 17-10 lead.

‘€¢Through one half, Seattle’s premiere running back Marshawn Lynch has been limited to 26 yards on nine carries.

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