Despite leading the game for over 57 minutes, the Seahawks lose 24-21 to the Patriots in the final minutes of the game. Seneca Wallace passed for all three scores, two of which to Deion Branch.
Spurred by a Jabar Gaffney 28-yard reception and a Randy Moss 33-yarder, the Patriots brought the ball to the Seattle nine. On two running plays that netted four yards, the Patriots went to Moss in the corner on third down. Trufant stuck to Moss like a stone on an endzone fade prevented the receiver to get within arms reach of Cassel’s floater. Gostkowski converted on a 27-yard field goal, his third, and New England was now within a touchdown of the lead.
New England managed to get the ball back and Cassel took over at his own 29. The Patriots converted on third down three times and moved the ball down to the Seattle 6 yard line. The Seahawks defense held the Patriots to third down and on fourth and one, Belichek decided to go for it. Sammy Morris ran off left tackle and leaped over for the score and up one point, the Patriots went for two. Cassel connected with Wes Welker four times on the drive as the tandem combined for 47 yards, including the successful two-point conversion. With just over four minutes left in the game the Patriots were ahead by a field goal 24-21.
With no timeouts left and down by three, Wallace and the Seahawks took the field with 2:50 remaining in regulation. As the two-minute warning approached, Wallace scrambled for a 23-yard gain to start the drive. Two plays later the game was over. Sacked by Brandon Meriweather on second down, Wallace lost the fumble and the Patriots regained posession. With no recourse to stop the clock, the Patriots kneeled the ball to end the game.
After converting on two third and shorts to open the half, Leonard Weaver busted a 28-yard run off the right tackle and the Hawks seemed to be in the driver’s seat again. However, the long run was negated by a holding call and though Seattle was able to put themselves in another third and manageable situation, Jon Ryan came out for his second punt on the day.
The next Patriot drive took 12 plays and netted a field goal to narrow the lead to 14-13. During that series, Trufant continued a great day covering New England’s all-pro reciever, and broke up a sure touchdown to Moss in single coverage. Julian Peterson deflected the ball at the line of scrimmage on third down and Gostkowski drilled the 42-yard field goal.
Wilson took the kickoff from the Seattle 8 but fumbled the ball at the 22. Fortunately, the Seahawks recovered but a holding call on their first play put them in another hole. With first down and 20 to go, Wallace was forced out of the pocket and rolled to his right. He found Deion Branch on the sideline and dumped it to his reciever as the play broke down. Branch made one defender miss and then weaved his way 63 yards down the field through a maze of Patriot jerseys and great downfield blocking from his teammates. New England coach Belicheck challenged the play saying that Branch’s foot was out of bounds when he caught the ball. The play was upheld and the Seahawks had the ball at the New England nine. Two plays later, Wallace connected with Branch for another score on an amazing one-handed catch in single coverage. With the crowd at a frenzy, Seattle lead the New England Patriots 21-13.
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