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Third-quarter recap: Patriots 20, Seahawks 10

10.14.12 at 6:22 pm ET
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The third quarter is done in Seattle. Here are a few quick notes.

‘€¢Linebacker Brandon Spikes delivered another great shot on running back Marshawn Lynch on Seattle’s first play from scrimmage at the start of the third quarter, busting right up the middle and tackling him for a four-yard loss. The Patriots followed that up with another sack on rookie quarterback Russell Wilson, as linebacker Rob Ninkovich flushed him out while defensive end Chandler Jones cleaned things up, bringing him down for his fifth sack of the season, a five-yarder that would eventually lead to a Seattle punt. (Overall, it was a great quarter for the New England defense, as the Seahawks had just two first downs in the quarter, and they came on back-to-back plays.)

‘€¢On the ensuing series, the Patriots answered with an eight-play, 48-yard drive that ended with a 35-yard field goal from Stephen Gostkowski. The highlight of the sequence was a 27-yard connection to tight end Daniel Fells that got the Patriots to the Seattle 19. Four plays later, Gostkowski banged home the field goal that gave New England a 10-point lead. (The Patriots also got a key seven-yard pickup on a third and 6 when running back Danny Woodhead delivered a great second effort to reach the first-down marker.)

‘€¢Late in the third, quarterback Tom Brady tried to float one down the seam to wide receiver Deion Branch, but Seattle defensive back Richard Sherman made a nice play to pick the ball off. It was just the second interception of the season by Brady, and put a stop to a drive that would have effectively ended the game for New England. The Seahawks couldn’t do anything with the gift, but it was a missed opportunity for the Patriots’ offense on that drive, and it broke a string of 179 pass attempts without an interception for the New England quarterback.

‘€¢Early in the third quarter, the Patriots announced that running back Brandon Bolden left the game with a knee injury — his return is questionable.

‘€¢Through three quarters., the Patriots have limited Lynch to 29 yards on 12 carries.

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