Thursday, February 22, 2018
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Seahawks 24, Patriots 23

SEATTLE — Tom Brady picked apart the best defense in the NFL except when it mattered most.

Too many squandered chances and missed scoring opportunities left the Patriots blaming themselves after watching Seattle pull off a stunning rally.

Russell Wilson found Sidney Rice behind the secondary for a 46-yard touchdown with 1:18 left, and the Seahawks rallied for 14 points in the final 7:31 to stun the Patriots 24-23 Sunday.

"This was a tough one," Pats receiver Deion Branch said. "As ugly as the game was, as ugly as we played, we still had plenty of opportunities to win this game."

The matchup between the Patriots' No. 1-ranked offense and Seattle's No. 1 defense turned into a star performance for Wilson and a rally that gave Pete Carroll a win in his first matchup against the franchise he coached for three seasons in the 1990s.

"I hadn't even thought about that. That was a long time ago, and there have been a lot of games," Carroll said. "I really love (Patriots owner) Robert Kraft. He's a great man, and he's been great throughout the years about our separation of sorts. … But I'm a competitor, and heck yeah, I want to win against those guys."

Wilson threw for 293 yards, the most in the rookie's pro career, and was in a late drive with the game on the line for the fifth time in his six games. "I think I'm always comfortable no matter the situation. I think I'm just more experienced," he said.

The Patriots — who at 3-3 have as many losses as they did all last season, when they were AFC champions — had 475 yards of offense but just one TD on six trips inside the Seattle 20-yard line.

"We really squandered some scoring opportunities, and that was what the game came down to," Brady said.

He threw for 395 yards and was 36 of 58 passing, his most attempts ever. Yet one stat defines the Patriots' frustration: a 3-3 record.

"We're 3-3 for a reason," defensive tackle Vince Wilfork said. "Until we do something about it, we are going to continue to have problems."

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