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Seahawks 24, Patriots 23: New England chokes game away in Seattle

Tom Brady threw for nearly 400 yards, but it was meaningless as the New England Patriots blew a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter and lost to the Seattle Seahawks, 24-23, on Sunday in Seattle, WA.

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Have the Pats lost the 'clutch-gene'?

After losing a late lead in a 24-23 loss to the Seahawks on Sunday, some fans question whether or not the Patriots still have the "clutch-gene."

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Seahawks 24, Patriots 23: Pats choke game away

Tom Brady nearly reached the 400-yard passing plateau, but it wouldn't matter as the New England Patriots blew a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter and lost to the Seattle Seahawks, 24-23, on Sunday at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.

Brady finished with 395 passing yards and two touchdowns on 36-of-58 passing, but was picked off twice. Wes Welker recorded his fourth straight game with 100 receiving yards, catching 10 passes for 138 yards and a score. New England's rushing attack, which topped 250 yards in last weekend's win over the Broncos, had 87 yards. The Patriots outgained the Seahawks, 475-368.

Russell Wilson had the best passing game of his young career, throwing for 293 yards and three scores on 16-of-27 passing. Rice led the Seahawks receivers with three catches for 81 yards and a touchdown. Three different Seattle receivers caught touchdown passes from Wilson and eight different receivers caught passes in the victory. Marshawn Lynch was held to 41 rushing yards.

Seattle struck first with a 34-yard field goal from Steven Hauschka at 7:39 of the first quarter after a nine-play, 68-yard drive highlighted by two big passing plays on the drive. The Patriots, unsuccessful on their first drive, jumped ahead on Brady's 46-yard touchdown pass to Welker at 5:59, concluding a brief six-play, 82-yard drive to give New England a 7-6 lead. For the second consecutive drive, the New England secondary was putrid. Wilson took his troops 85-yards on seven plays and fired a 24-yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin, who already had a lengthy reception on the drive, to put Seattle back on top, 10-7. That was the first touchdown allowed by the Pats in the first quarter all season.

Brady and the Pats wouldn't be fazed, putting together an 80-yard drive that ended with Brady finding Hernandez on a fade route in the end zone at 10:38 of the second quarter, making it a 14-10 lead for New England. Stephen Gostkowski's 25-yard field goal with 2:15 to go before halftime stretched the Patriots lead to ten points, 17-10, and New England had an opportunity to go up by two touchdowns in the closing seconds of the first half, but poor clock management and an intentional grounding call against Brady resulted in a runoff of the clock. Regardless, New England still led by seven at halftime.

Gostkowski's 35-yard field goal at 9:35 of the third would be the only score for either side in the period, giving New England a ten-point cushion after three.

Another field goal from Gostkowski, again from 35 yards at 9:25 of the fourth quarter, putting a 13-point gap between the Patriots and Seahawks. Seattle would not back down, though, and two unanswered touchdowns -- a 10-yard pass from Wilson to Braylon Edwards at 7:26 and a 46-yard strike (the game-winner) from Wilson to Rice with 1:27 to go -- put the game away for good.

New England returns to the east coast to face the AFC East rival New York Jets next Sunday before heading overseas to play the St. Louis Rams in London.


For more New England Patriots coverage, visit our team blog, Pats Pulpit.

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Patriots vs. Seahawks: New England leads 20-10

After taking a 17-10 lead into the half, the New England Patriots would begin the third quarter on defense. Rookie Chandler Jones' second sack of the afternoon would help to force a three and out for the Seattle Seahawks' offense.

Anchored by a 35-yard reception from reserve tight end Daniel Fells, the Patriots would take the ball right back down the field and convert for another Stephen Gostkowski field goal to secure themselves a 20-10 lead early in the third quarter.

Both teams would come out and trade punts after neither offense was able to get much of anything going. However, just when the Patriots began to drive and got the ball into Seattle territory, Tom Brady would under-throw Deion Branch by at least two yards and have his pass intercepted by Seahawks' cornerback Richard Sherman.

The Patriots' defense would hold the Seahawks to a three and out, forcing another Jon Ryan punt with just a couple of minutes left to play in the third quarter.

Seattle defensive end Jason Jones was called for a personal foul to end the third quarter, setting up the Patriots deep inside Seahawks' territory as the third quarter came to a close.

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Brandon Bolden questionable after knee injury

New England Patriots running back Brandon Bolden left Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks with a knee injury and the team is reporting that his return is questionable.

The injury seems to have happened on a kickoff that resulted in a touchback. Without Bolden, the Patriots still have Stevan Ridley and Danny Woodhead as their options to hand the ball off in the backfield. Bolden had accounted for 28 yards on six carries before he left the game.

The Patriots are leading the Seahawks in the third quarter, 20-10. Ridley and Woodhead have nine carries between them, but for the most part, it's been Tom Brady airing out. Brady has a pair of touchdown passes and an interception against the Seahawks' defense. He's completed 26 of 38 pass attempts.

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Patriots vs. Seahawks: New England leads 17-10

After falling behind 10-7 in the first quarter, the Patriots began the second in great field position. From inside the 5-yard-line, the Patriots would attempt to force one in to a small space and Tom Brady's pass was nearly intercepted by safety Earl Thomas. If he had make the pick, he'd of been easily able to take the ball 90-plus yards the other way, for a Seahawks' touchdown.

However, just a handful of plays later, the Patriots would punch it in for a go-ahead touchdown when Brady connected with tight end Aaron Hernandez, who was making his return from an ankle injury that he suffered back in week 2 against Arizona.

Rookie defensive end Chandler Jones would come from Russell Wilson's blindside and strip the ball from the quarterback's right arm before he could release a pass from right around the 50-yard line. The Patriots were able to fall on the loose football and take over in great field position.

After absorbing a brutal -- and legal hit -- from Seattle cornerback Brandon Browner, Wes Welker was able to return to the field and catch a huge third down pass from Tom Brady to keep the New England drive alive. However, the Patriots weren't able to convert another first down on the drive and were forced to settle for a 25-yard field goal attempt. Stephen Gostkowski's kick was right down the middle and the Patriots were able to extend their lead to 17-10.

The Patriots' defense would stop the Seahawks on third and four with under a minute to play in the half, bringing out punter Jon Ryan. The veteran punter was unable to handle the snap and would be taken down inside the Seattle 25-yard-line. With just six seconds left on the clock, Tom Brady would fire the ball through the back of the endzone with no receiver in the area, causing an intentional grounding penalty to be called and the first half to end on a 10-second run-off. It was an unusual mistake for a quarterback who typically shows much better field awareness than what was displayed on that play.

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Patriots vs. Seahawks: Seattle leads 10-7 after 1

After an impressive win over the Denver Broncos in week 5, the New England Patriots were back on the field against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday afternoon at CenturyLink Field.

In a change of pace, the Patriots received the ball to begin this week's contest. Their opening drive wouldn't produce much, and punter Zoltan Mesko was brought on to the field even before two minutes had ticked off the clock. Upon taking over on offense, the Seahawks immediately began to march down the field. Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson completed all four of his passes, en route to a Steven Hauschka field goal to put Seattle ahead, 3-0.

The Patriots wasted little time on their next drive, passing the ball on every play and capping it off with a 46-yard catch and run for a touchdown to Wes Welker. The Patriots 7-3 lead would be extremely short lived, as the rookie quarterback from Wisconsin absolutely torched the New England defense on a touchdown drive that ended with a 24-yard score to Doug Baldwin. It was the second time of the possession that Baldwin was able to burn cornerback Kyle Arrington downfield, as New England's secondary continued to be exposed.

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