Rookie Russell Wilson connected for a 46-yard touchdown pass to Sidney Rice on a post pattern with 1:18 left in the fourth quarter as the Seahawks wiped out a 13-point fourth quarter deficit to stun the Patriots, 24-23, Sunday afternoon in the rain at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. The Patriots fell to 3-3 and into a tie with the Dolphins, Bills and Jets in the AFC East.
Tom Brady completed 36 passes for 395 yards and two touchdowns and Wes Welker caught 10 passes for 138 yards and a touchdown as the Patriots blew a late lead. Brady had a rough second half, throwing a pair of interceptions while being called for his second intentional grounding of the game. Brady finished the game attempting a career high 58 passes.
Welker, who created a stir last Sunday night by saying he likes to "stick it" in the face of Bill Belichick, had another brilliant first half, catching seven passes on eight targets by Brady, gaining 102 yards and spectacular over-the-shoulder catch on a 46-yard touchdown reception that put the Patriots up, 7-3. Welker registered his fourth straight game of at least 100 yards receiving, the first Patriots player to accomplish that since Randy Moss in 2007.
The Patriots running game, after back-to-back 200-yard rushing games for the first time since 1978, was not as effective as Stevan Ridley was held to just 34 yards on 16 carries. Brandon Bolden, who looked effective in the first half, left with a knee injury and did not return. They finished with just 87 yards on 26 carries.
The Seahawks responded with an 85-yard drive on seven plays, capped off by a 24-yard TD pass over the middle from Russell Wilson to Doug Baldwin, putting the Seahawks up 10-7 at the end of the first.
The Patriots came right back with another one of their patented long scoring drives, going 80 yards in 15 plays in just over six minutes. The drive was capped off when Brady hit Aaron Hernandez on a one-yard fade to the right corner of the end zone, putting the Patriots up, 14-10. Welker then took one of the biggest hits of his career when defensive back Brandon Browner laid him out on the first play of a drive that ended with a Stephen Gostkowski 25-yard field goal, as the Patriots went up, 17-10. Welker would take another vicious hit from Kam Chancellor in the fourth quarter.
The Patriots looked certain to add more before halftime when Seattle punter Jon Ryan mishandled a snap in the rain and was tackled at the Seattle 24 with 40 seconds remaining. But a first down pass completion to Welker took 21 seconds. Brady moved the ball to the Seattle 3 with six seconds remaining. But the Patriots elected to take another shot at the end zone and Brady threw the ball out of the end zone and was called for intentional grounding.
The Patriots defense forced a three-and-out to open the second half, including another sack from rookie Chandler Jones. The defensive end had two sacks and now has five in his first six NFL games. Brady was intercepted for the first time in 179 attempts when he underthrew Deion Branch. Brady threw another interception in the fourth quarter, his first game of multiple interceptions since last November against the Giants.
Facing a fourth-and-3 at the Patriots 10, Wilson hit Braylon Edwards on a fade route in the left corner of the end zone, pulling the Seahawks to within six, 23-17, with 7:21 left. The 3-3 Patriots return home for a late afternoon game against the 3-3 Jets next Sunday at Gillette Stadium.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk and Peter King of SI.com join the show to talk about the latest news surrounding deflate gate.
Mike Westhoff joins the show to talk about deflate gate and the Pats innocence. Also what would have happened if he worked with Bill Belichick.
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Mut and Rob are in on the Hot Stove Show this week and they're taking calls and talking about the Red Sox pitching as we are 5 weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training.
Pierre McGuire talks about ways hockey players skirt the rules in the NHL and the development of Dougie Hamilton.
Pierre McGuire joins Lou, Christian and Tim to discuss the resurgent Bruins, the emergence of David Pastrnak, and former Boston College stand-out Johnny Gaudreau looking to trademark the name 'Johnny Hockey.'
We get our state of the B report from NESN's Jack Edwards, right in the midst of a 4 game winning streak and hot return for David Pastrnak.
New York radio personality Joe Beningo sits down with D&C to discuss all the topics surrounding this year's big game.
Florio talks about the latest surrounding the Patriots' handling of footballs. He also reveals that other NFL head coaches are running their own tests on footballs.
Buck talks with Dino, Gerry and Kirk about his trip to media day and his choice to go to Marshawn Lynch's podium.
Four-time Super Bowl Champion Bill Romanowski joined the show to share his thoughts on the greatest QB he ever played with, and his Super Bowl experiences.
Chris Mortensen, ESPN, joined the show to talk about all the reports regarding "Deflategate." He thinks that people are making too big a deal out of it. He also hints that he's skeptic of Bill Belichick's attempt to blame science on the balls dropping in pressure.
The Rogue Ball Boy Theory picks up steam...then dies. Is the Rogue Ball Boy the fastest ball deflater ever or is he simply someone with a healthy prostate who probably doesn't even wash his hands. Also, Ted Wells says the investigation will take a while. And Robert Kraft demands an apology if the investigation finds no wrong-doing by the Pats.
We dive deep into some of the shadier things the Patriots have done over the years from a personnel standpoint.
Mike Florio and Peter King talk about some of the latest news surrounding deflate gate and whether the Pats knowingly did something wrong.
Mike Westhoff joins the show and explains other cheating scandals and if he thinks the Patriots are guilty of deflate gate.
A caller named Jumbo from California raises a question that hasn't been talked about too much, what happens if it's determined that the Patriots aren't found responsible for the deflation of the footballs?
Mut and Lenny continue talking and taking calls on deflategate, as well as hearing the sound from Kirk Minihane's appearance on the O'Reilly Factor.
Mut and Lenny are talking deflategate and what impact it could have on the Patriots organization.
Chris and comedian Mike Mulloy recap the final Raw before the Rumble and preview the Rumble itself.
Would you rather watch important games in the stadium or on TV? Also we discuss our worst experiences at stadiums.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out some hardware, and give their Finals predictions.
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