Without any timeouts, and down by one point, the Patriots failed to move the ball down field and get in position to beat the Seattle Seahawks with a little less than a minute remaining, losing 24-23 Sunday after being up by as many as 13 points early in the fourth quarter.
Tom Brady was 36 of 58 passing on the night, throwing for 395 yards and two touchdowns. But he also threw two costly interceptions and was unable to connect with any of his receivers down the stretch in two straight drives, allowing the Seahawks to come back and win the game.
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson threw two late touchdowns, a 10-yard back shoulder pass to Braylon Edwards and a 46-yard bomb to Sydney Rice to lead Seattle to victory.
1:18 4th quarter: Seahawks 24, Patriots 23 — Russell Wilson threw a bomb to Sydney Rice, who was running a double route, for a 46-yard touchdown with a little more than a minute remaining. Rookie safety Tavon Wilson was in coverage. On the extra point, the Seahawks took the lead.
It was a four-play, 57-yard drive.
The Patriots don’t have any more timeouts.
2:52 4th quarter: Patriots 23, Seahawks 17 — On a third-and-8, Tom Brady was unable to connect with Deion Branch for a first down and burn some much needed clock. The Patriots were forced to punt after three plays.
3:02 4th quarter: Patriots 23, Seahawks 17 — The Patriots forced another three-and-out by the Seahawks, giving them the ball back with a little more than three minutes remaining and an opportunity to shut the door on Seattle.
4:15 4th quarter: Patriots 23, Seahawks 17 — Tom Brady was flagged for intentional grounding after being hurried in the pocket and and the Patriots were forced to punt after six plays. This is setting the Seahawks up with enough time to make a run at winning this game.
8:09 4th quarter: Patriots 23, Seahawks 17 — A 51-yard pass to Golden Tate and a 10-yard back shoulder to Braylon Edwards for a touchdown have brought the Seahawks to within one touchdown’s length of the Patriots.
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson hit Tate on a play-action pass with Devin McCourty in coverage for a long gain, and the ‘Hawks were helped by a 15-yard penalty on Brandon Spikes after he delivered a blow to the quarterback’s head with his elbow.
Four plays later, Wilson found Edwards who was covered by Alfonzo Dennard. Dennard was also called for pass interference on the play, but it appeared Edwards got away with a push himself.
Also, it appears Patrick Chung may have been injured on the drive. He left for the locker room. The team announced his return was questionable with a shoulder injury.
9:21 4th quarter: Patriots 23, Seahawks 10 — Stephen Gostkowski nailed his third field goal try of the day, this time from 35 yards out.
The Patriots were unable to convert on a 3rd-and-2 before being forced to punt.
Tom Brady has thrown 49 passes today, completing 33. He has 359 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
12:31 4th quarter: Patriots 20, Seahawks 10 — Jerod Mayo forced a fumble by Zach Miller and recovered it as Miller was going down. The play was reviewed and upheld.
13:43 4th quarter: Patriots 20, Seahawks 10 — Tom Brady threw his second interception of the game and third of the season, giving the Seahawks the ball back at their 23 after Earl Thomas returned it for 26 yards out of the end zone.
End of 3d quarter: Patriots 20, Seahawks 10 — Tom Brady took a shot to the head by the Seahawks’ Jason Jones. The ‘Hawks were flagged for unnecessary roughness, allowing the Patriots to continue their drive at the Seattle 30.
The Patriots offense seems to be dominating despite the lack of a run game and Brady has more than 300 yards passing on the day.
3:30 3d quarter: Patriots 20, Seahawks 10 — The Patriots held the Seahawks to another three-and-out, as Seattle’s offense has continued to sputter.
4:45 3d quarter: Patriots 20, Seahawks 10 — Tom Brady just threw his second interception of the season, getting picked off by Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman on a throw to Deion Branch.
Sherman is 6-3.
7:23 3d quarter: Patriots 20, Seahawks 10 — Tavon Wilson broke up a pass on 3rd-and-20 and the Patriots forced the Seahawks to punt again. The Patriots were helped by a third down holding call on Seahawks lineman Breno Giacomini that negated a Russell Wilson scramble for a first down.
Also, the Patriots announced that Brandon Bolden had suffered a knee injury and his return is questionable.
9:21 3d quarter: Patriots 20, Seahawks 10 — Stephen Gostkowski kicked his second field goal of the game, a 35-yard attempt to extend the Patriots’ lead by at least two scores.
The Patriots’ drive was stunted by huge hit on Stevan Ridley for 3-yard loss by Bobby Wagner. Wagner got into the backfield almost untouched.
Daniel Fells caught his second pass of the season on the drive. This one was for 35 yards, only one yard shy of his career long.
13:30 3d quarter: Patriots 17, Seahawks 10 — Brandon Spikes made another play in the backfield and Chandler Jones got his second sack of the day as the Patriots forced the Seahawks to go three-and-out on their opening drive of the half.
This is the first two-sack game of the rookie Jones’ career.
15:00 3d quarter: Patriots 17, Seahawks 10 — The second half is underway.
End of 2d quarter: Patriots 17, Seahawks 10 — The Patriots were unable to capitalize on Seattle punter Jon Ryan’s gift. After Ryan bungled a punt in Seahawks territory, Tom Brady led the Patriots down to the Seattle 3-yard line. But after three straight incompletions, he was flagged for an intentional grounding, bringing the half to a close.
Despite the miscue, Brady is having another strong game. He’s 21 of 30 passing for 216 yards and two touchdowns. Wes Welker is already over the century mark, catching seven passes for 102 yards.
One thing that’s not going so well for the Patriots is the running game. Brandon Bolden limped off the field after a kickoff in the second quarter and Stevan Ridley has been unable to find any breathing room. He has eight yards on four carries.
0:40 2d quarter: Patriots 17, Seahawks 10 — Seahawks punter Jon Ryan mishandled the snap and ended up with a 14-yard loss and a turnover on the downs for the Patriots.
The Patriots are within striking distance before the half.
2:15 2d quarter: Patriots 17, Seahawks 10 — Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 25-yard field goal to cap an 11-play, 41-yard drive after the turnover.
Patriots receiver Wes Welker took a huge hit on the drive, but returned to catch two more passes before the field goal. He has six catches for 87 yards already.
7:26 2d quarter: Patriots 14, Seahawks 10 — Patriots rookie defensive end Chandler Jones was able to strip Seahawks quarterback on 3rd-and-9 during his throwing motion, allowing for Rob Ninkovich to recover. The Patriots get the ball back at the Seattle 47.
10:33 2d quarter: Patriots 14, Seahawks 10 — Tom Brady threw a fade to Aaron Hernandez on the goal-line for a 1-yard touchdown after a 15-play drive.
Brady went 8 of 9 on the drive, connecting with tight end Rob Gronkowski four times for 40 yards.
End of the 1st quarter: Seahawks 10, Patriots 7 — After one quarter of play, the Patriots are seeing how hard this game is going to be and are already experiencing a bit of difficulty with the noise after a false start on Sebastian Vollmer.
1:50 1st quarter: Seahawks 10, Patriots 7 — Russell Wilson made two huge throws to Doug Baldwin, connecting on a 50-yard pass (the longest of his career) and a 24-yard pass for a touchdown. Both were on Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington.
And both times, the Patriots were struggling to keep up with Wilson, whose escapability from the pocket is becoming more apparent. At one point, Wilson spun out of three tackles before scrambling for nine yards and a first down.
It was the first touchdown the Patriots had given up in the first quarter all season.
5:49 1st quarter: Patriots 7, Seahawks 3 — Wes Welker caught a 46-yard touchdown pass over his head after breaking loose from the secondary, following up on another amazing grab by Brandon Lloyd on the sideline as the Patriots responded in six plays to take the lead.
Brady went 4 of 6 on the drive, hitting Welker twice and Hernandez for his second grab of the day.
With Welker’s first catch, he now has a reception in 100 straight games.
7:46 1st quarter: Seahawks 3, Patriots 0 — Seattle’s Steven Hauschka kicked a 34-yard field goal, capping a nine-play, 68-yard drive for the first points of the game. Brandon Spikes helped keep the Seahawks from driving in the red zone, stuffing Marshawn Lynch on 3rd-and-1 for a 2-yard loss at the 9-yard line.
For the Patriots, they started Rob Ninkovich at linebacker for the injured Dont’a Hightower and brought in Jermaine Cunningham at defensive end.
13:00 1st quarter: Patriots 0, Seahawks 0 — On the first play of the Patriots’ first offensive drive, Tom Brady connected with tight end Aaron Hernandez for eight yards. The Patriots picked up a first down on a throw to Brandon Lloyd on the next play, but were forced to punt after two negligible runs and an incomplete pass to Deion Branch.
15:00 1st quarter: Patriots 0, Seahawks 0 — The Seahawks won the coin toss and have deferred to the second half. Game on.
Pregame: The game is getting ready to start at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.
It’s 64 degrees in the region with thunderstorms expected through the 9 p.m. hour. We’ll see if that affects the game and whether the 12th man really is as influential as advertised.
Enjoy the game.