This time, the Seahawks stop the Patriots from the 1-yard line to win

This time, the Seahawks stop the Patriots from the 1-yard line to win


“It seems like we always have a crazy game against the Patriots,” Wilson told NBC after the game. “It was a great game.”

Indeed it was. It was reminiscent of Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1, 2015, when the Patriots held on to prevail, 28-24, with a final-minute interception by Malcolm Butler of a pass thrown by Wilson on a play from the New England 1.

“In the end, we just came up a little bit short,” Patriots Coach Bill Belichick said during a postgame video conference, calling it “a heck of a football game.”

The Patriots suffered their first loss of the post-Tom Brady era.

“Seattle made a good play,” Belichick said. “Give them credit. They deserved to win.”

The Patriots called time out with three seconds left following a completion from Newton to wide receiver N’Keal Harry. Newton already had two rushing touchdowns in the game and was seeking a third. Instead, he was tackled for a one-yard loss.

“We knew it was gonna be a battle throughout the whole game,” Wilson said. “We knew they’re a great team as a whole, and we had to stay the course. We knew it was gonna be play after play. . . . On that last play, we knew that Cam was getting the ball, obviously. . . .It was just an unbelievable play.”

Some felt the Patriots were predictable in their play-calling. Newton acknowledged that the Patriots could be accused of trying a play with which they’d had success once too often. But he said he thinks he should have made the final play work by running to the perimeter of the defense.

“I could have bounced it,” Newton said in a postgame video conference. “I’m looking at the clip. I’ve just got to be better. . . . We put ourselves in a position to win. And when you do that, you’ve just got to finish.”

Wilson completed 21 of 28 passes for 288 yards and teamed with Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf, David Moore, Freddie Swain and Chris Carson for touchdowns. Wilson steadied himself after having an early tipped-ball interception returned for a touchdown by the Patriots’ Devin McCourty. The Seahawks improved to 2-0 despite losing much of their usually pronounced home-field advantage at an empty CenturyLink Field.

Wilson famously — or perhaps infamously — has never received a single vote for the league MVP award. Could this be his season?

“We were dialed in,” he said. “Our offensive line did a great job blocking for me, giving me time. I was able to scamper around, make some plays. We like diversifying the football. It’s been a great thing for us. Guys have got to keep making plays. It was a spectacular night for us tonight. . . . There’s a lot in there, and we’re just grateful.”

Newton also threw for a touchdown in his second game as Brady’s successor as the Patriots’ quarterback. He had 397 passing yards, and wide receiver Julian Edelman had eight catches for 179 yards. But New England’s record dropped to 1-1 following a season-opening triumph at home over the Miami Dolphins.

“We competed hard,” Belichick said. “We did a lot of things well. We just came up a little bit short.”

It was an emotional night for the Patriots. They played without running back James White, who was on the inactive list after learning about an auto accident in which his father was killed and his mother was injured, according to multiple reports. After his early touchdown, McCourty could be heard yelling, “[No.] 2-8, we love you, bro! We love you!” in honor of White.

“Of course our hearts go out to him,” Belichick said after the game.

Wilson, a former college teammate of White’s at Wisconsin, said during his NBC interview: “My heart’s been heavy all day, thinking about it. . . . James, I’m praying for you, man, if you can hear me.”

Find highlights from the Seahawks-Patriots game:

September 20, 2020 at 11:17 PM EDT

Patriots stay in contention with another Newton rushing touchdown

The Patriots are not surrendering. Cam Newton scored his second rushing touchdown, from one-yard away, after a 33-yard completion to wide receiver Julian Edelman.

Newton has 334 passing yards. Edelman has seven catches for 161 yards. (Seahawks 35, Patriots 30 with 2:16 left in the 4th quarter)

By Mark Maske

September 20, 2020 at 11:09 PM EDT

Wilson’s fifth touchdown pass extends Seattle’s lead

Make it five touchdown passes to five different receivers for Russell Wilson. He lofted a throw to running back Chris Carson for an 18-yard touchdown, and the Seahawks extended their lead to 12 points with less than five minutes remaining. (Seahawks 35, Patriots 23 with 4:32 left in the 4th quarter)

By Mark Maske

September 20, 2020 at 10:48 PM EDT

Newton’s touchdown toss to fullback gets Patriots closer

The Patriots made it a one-score game again with a one-yard touchdown pass from Cam Newton to fullback Jakob Johnson.

The Seattle defense was geared up for what appeared to be a goal-line rushing attempt by Newton. Instead, Newton stopped and flipped a pass to the right side to the wide-open Johnson in the end zone. The touchdown was set up by a 49-yard completion to wide receiver Julian Edelman, who extended himself to make a terrific lunging catch.

The Patriots failed on a two-point conversion attempt. (Seahawks 28, Patriots 23 with 14:14 left in the 4th quarter)

By Mark Maske

September 20, 2020 at 10:38 PM EDT

Seattle extends lead on Wilson’s fourth touchdown pass

The Seahawks took advantage of a blown coverage by the New England defense and cashed in on the Quinton Dunbar interception of Cam Newton with Russell Wilson’s fourth touchdown pass of the night to a fourth different receiver.

This time it was wide receiver Freddie Swain, who was left alone by the Patriots on a crossing pattern and turned Wilson’s pass into a 21-yard catch and sprint to the end zone. (Seahawks 28, Patriots 17 with 2 minutes left in the 3rd quarter)

By Mark Maske

September 20, 2020 at 10:28 PM EDT

Dunbar intercepts Newton

The Seahawks have the ball back after cornerback Quinton Dunbar intercepted a Cam Newton pass.

Dunbar cut in front of Patriots wide receiver Damiere Byrd to make the grab. The Seahawks take over at their own 48-yard line. (Seahawks 21, Patriots 17 with left in the 3rd quarter)

By Mark Maske

September 20, 2020 at 10:23 PM EDT

Seahawks take lead with Wilson’s third touchdown pass

Russell Wilson has his third touchdown pass and the Seahawks have their first lead of the night. Wide receiver David Moore made a superb catch along the sideline while backpedaling and jostling with Patriots defensive back Jason McCourty, somehow managing to get both feet in bounds, for a 38-yard touchdown.

Earlier on the drive, no penalties were called when an on-field skirmish between Seattle’s DK Metcalf and New England’s Stephon Gilmore spilled over into the Seahawks’ bench area. (Seahawks 21, Patriots 17 with 7:04 left in the 3rd quarter)

By Mark Maske

September 20, 2020 at 10:11 PM EDT

Folk’s field goal puts Patriots back in front

The Patriots had a nice drive to open the second half but couldn’t get into the end zone. Kicker Nick Folk connected on a 25-yard field goal. (Patriots 17, Seahawks 14 with 10:12 left in the 3rd quarter)

By Mark Maske

September 20, 2020 at 9:58 PM EDT

Halftime in Seattle

It’s halftime at fan-less CenturyLink Field, and the Patriots and Seahawks are tied at 14.

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson had an early interception returned for a touchdown by the Patriots’ Devin McCourty but steadied himself and threw two touchdown passes in a 13-for-16, 152-yard half. He teamed with wide receiver Tyler Lockett for a four-yard touchdown and connected with wideout DJ Metcalf for a 54-yard beauty of a score. Metcalf outmaneuvered Stephon Gilmore, the Patriots’ standout cornerback.

Quarterback Cam Newton had a rushing touchdown for the Patriots. (Patriots 14, Seahawks 14 at halftime)

By Mark Maske

September 20, 2020 at 9:29 PM EDT

Patriots miss field goal

New England kicker Nick Folk pulled the ball wide left on a 51-yard field goal attempt that would have put the Patriots back in the lead. The Seahawks take possession with less than four minutes remaining in the half and a chance to take their first lead of the night. (Patriots 14, Seahawks 14 with 3:44 left in the 2nd quarter)

By Mark Maske

September 20, 2020 at 9:27 PM EDT

Metcalf beats Gilmore for touchdown catch to get Seahawks even

Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf gave glimpses last season as a rookie that he was on his way to being an NFL star. He just continued his development by beating Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore, the reigning NFL defensive player of the year, for a 54-yard touchdown catch.

Metcalf cut toward the middle of the field, then shifted back toward the sideline and hauled in Russell Wilson’s on-target deep throw around the 10-yard line. Metcalf used his body to shield off Gilmore to make the catch then cruised into the end zone. Wilson has completed 11 of 12 passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns. His lone incompletion was a drop that was intercepted and returned for a touchdown. (Patriots 14, Seahawks 14 with 6:57 left in the 2nd quarter)

By Mark Maske

September 20, 2020 at 9:07 PM EDT

Pats retake the lead with Newton’s touchdown

New England has the lead again after a one-yard touchdown run by quarterback Cam Newton.

It was Newton’s third rushing touchdown of the young season, capping a 72-yard drive. Newton thought he’d scored a touchdown on the previous play and, as the NBC cameras captured, the Patriots tried to challenge that play but the officials did not see the red challenge flag in time. (Patriots 14, Seahawks 7 with 13:59 left in the 2nd quarter)

By Mark Maske

September 20, 2020 at 9:04 PM EDT

Seattle’s Diggs ejected for illegal hit

Seahawks safety Quandre Diggs was ejected for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Patriots wide receiver N’Keal Harry after a catch.

NFL rules allow for such an ejection for an egregious illegal hit. “I think it’s reasonable and legitimate…. He’s leading with his helmet into the defenseless player,” former NFL referee Terry McAulay, now a rules analyst for NBC, said on the broadcast. (Patriots 7, Seahawks 7 with 37 seconds left in the 1st quarter)

By Mark Maske

September 20, 2020 at 8:43 PM EDT

Wilson-to-Lockett touchdown pulls Seahawks even

The Seahawks drew even on a four-yard touchdown pass from Russell Wilson to wide receiver Tyler Lockett.

Seattle went 75 yards on 13 plays, including eight running plays. The Seahawks have run 16 offensive plays and have 103 yards of total offense, while the Patriots have yet to take an offensive snap. (Patriots 7, Seahawks 7 with 8:12 left in the 1st quarter)

By Mark Maske

September 20, 2020 at 8:36 PM EDT

Patriots open scoring with pick-6

The Patriots have the early lead thanks to a touchdown by their defense.

Devin McCourty made a tipped-ball interception and raced 43 yards to the end zone to put the Patriots in front, 7-0. The pass by Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson bounced off the hands of tight end Greg Olsen.

McCourty could be heard yelling, “[No.] 2-8, we love you, bro!” after the touchdown, in honor of James White. (Patriots 7, Seahawks 0 with 13:39 left in the 1st quarter)

By Mark Maske


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