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After Seattle stunned New England with a 13-point comeback victory in the fourth quarter, Patriots Head Coach Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady complimented the play of the Seahawks while relishing in their own mistakes.
Belichick told Ryan Divish of The News Tribune that the issue wasn't the ending of the game, but the team's performance overall:
"We just didn’t play well the whole game today so it was the end of the game, it was the first half, second half. We played in spurts, we just didn’t play well enough and we had too many chances we didn’t take advantage of."
Brady, who threw for 395 yards on 36-of-58 passing with two touchdowns and two interceptions, added:
"They are a good defense, no doubt about it. They can rush the passer, they have been doing that all season. They can cover well, we had quite a few yards, and moved the ball up and down the field at times but we just really squandered some scoring opportunities. That is what the game came down to, a one point game and opportunities in the red area for a touchdown and other opportunities to put points on the board and we just didn’t do it."
With the loss, the Patriots fell to 3-3 in the season, tied with every other AFC East team, but wide receiver Deion Branch still believes that the team has the killer instinct to win:
"No, I think we have it. We have it, we are just not executing. That is the name of the game. We have done a good job of moving the ball but are not finishing drives. We had a lot of flags and some turnovers and you can’t come into this type of environment and do those things and expect to win the game."
With the win, the Seahawks improved to 4-2 on the season.
The Seattle Seahawks defeated the New England Patriots 24-23 on Sunday at CenturyLink Field, rallying from a 23-10 deficit early in the fourth quarter to overtake the perennial AFC title contending Patriots. The Seahawks victory was fueled in large part by something the offense has been lacking all season: explosive plays in the passing game. Danny Kelly of SB Nation's Seahawks blog, Field Gulls, digs a little deeper:
Speaking of improvement, Seattle's offensive attack, despite struggling in the 2nd and 3rd quarters, took advantage of a markedly more vulnerable (than what Russell has seen over the first five games) pass defense of the Patriots to open up their explosive passing game, hitting on six passes of more than 20 yards: 51 yards to Golden Tate, 50 to Doug Baldwin, 46 to Sidney Rice for a touchdown, 29 to Sidney Rice, 24 to Doug Baldwin for a touchdown, and 22 to Zach Miller.
In addition to the plays Kelly mentions, wide receiver Sidney Rice also threw a deep bomb on an end around intended for Golden Tate, and though Tate missed the pass he was interfered with, resulting in a big gain on the pass interference penalty.
Seattle head coach Pete Carroll noted in his postgame comments that the explosive plays in the passing game were indeed a vital factor in the win. Via The News Tribune:
We've been looking for explosive plays in the offense, and they're just sitting there for us when he gets out swinging, Carroll said. There was a tremendous validation of what we had pointed out, and it was a factor in the game.
Seattle looks to duplicate Sunday's success when they travel to San Francisco on Thursday to face fellow NFC West leader San Francisco. Both teams are 4-2 through six weeks of the season.
Wilson undoubtedly showed the poise of a veteran in helping the Seahawks knock off the defending AFC champion New England Patriots, and his teammates expressed their confidence in his abilities following the game.
"What Russell did today was just incredible, especially from a rookie against a team like the Patriots - they've been the standard in the NFL for so long, on offense and on defense."
Safety Earl Thomas also made it clear he was a fan of Wilson's work following the team's upset:
"I guarantee you now everybody's on the bandwagon...Like I've always said from the start, he's special. The way he prepares, I expect that out of him because he prepares. He prepares like a winner and he led us."
And Thomas will be hoping Wilson will continue to lead the Seahawks to the top of the NFC West by themselves over the next couple of weeks. It won't be easy though, with Seattle drawing the San Francisco 49ers on the road this Thursday before playing the Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings the following two weeks.
But if Wilson can continue to open up the offense with vertical shots, the Seahawks will be sitting pretty, as they already own a dominant running game and one of the NFL's top defenses.
Brady sure looks like a man who turned the 12thMan against us twitter.com/RSherman_25/st…— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) October 15, 2012
Outside of this tweet, Sherman also shared an exchange between Brady and himself in his post game interview:
"I kept saying I'm going to get that next time. Every TV timeout, I went up and said it right to (Brady): ‘Please keep trying me. I'm going to take it from you.' That was when they were winning. He just gave me that look and said, ‘Oh, I'll see you after game.' Well, I made sure I saw him after the game."
Sherman went on to elaborate that Brady should have thrown five picks if his teammate Earl Thomas caught some of the ones that were thrown his way. Additionally, Sherman had a message to any member of the mass media who have been critical of their Seahawks this season:
"The Seattle Seahawks have a lot of talent. People, they don't look at the film. They don't analyze anything. That's why these analysts and commentators need to shut their mouth."
Outspoken much, Mr. Sherman?
The Seattle Seahawks defeated the New England Patriots 24-23 on Sunday at CenturyLink Field thanks to some last-game heroics from rookie quarterback Russell Wilson. Trailing 23-10 with just over nine minutes to play in the fourth quarter, Wilson led the team on two late touchdown scoring drives to knock off perennial AFC title contender New England.
In the postgame comments, Wilson described how he handled the last-minute drive:
I think I'm almost comfortable, no matter what the situation, I think I'm just more experienced. Being in those situations, you really have to trust what you see, and you really have to be quick with your decisions, but also believe in your decisions, and just be decisive with the football. Guys made some tremendous plays here, and I think it definitely helps with that experience. Obviously, I'm a rookie, but I've played a lot of football games in my lifetime and to get little experiences and little nuggets of information from every game, that has to be your goal.
Veteran Seattle wide receiver Braylon Edwards had high praise for his rookie signal caller:
It's good to see. It's showing that he has a lot of confidence, it shows that he's not going to fold. I think that's what you look for in young guys if things don't go right. Do they fold, do they go in a shell? And he's a guy who continually fights, continually comes in and studies film and knows the opponent. He's making strides and you seen that in what he did today
Not to be overlooked was the play of the Seahawks defense, in particular the defensive backfield. Safety Earl Thomas discussed the Seattle defense's confidence level, despite facing Patriots superstar quarterback Tom Brady:
I know in my mind, and I'm pretty sure in everybody else's mind that at any moment we could make a turnover. I know at any time the ball can come our way and we can change the momentum so that that's how we look at as a defense. We're going to fight to the end.
Seattle, now 4-2 on the season, faces a huge test on Thursday when they travel to San Francisco to take on the 4-2 49ers in a prime time battle for NFC West supremacy.
CB Byron Maxwell, S Kam Chancellor and G Paul McQuistan all sustained injuries in the Seahawks 24-23 upset win over the New England Patriots Sunday afternoon.
Russell Wilson led the Seattle Seahawks to an upset win over the New England Patriots.
The Seahawks failed to advance into New England territory in the third quarter, as the Seattle offense stalled in both the running and passing game. Running back Marshawn Lynch has just 12 carries for 29 yards.
Quarterback Russell Wilson, meanwhile, passed for 22 yards in the quarter after racking up more than 100 yards in the first quarter alone. Overall, he's 11-of-18 for 177 yards and a touchdown.
The Patriots tacked on another field goal after an eight play, 48 yard drive to make the score 20-10. The Seahawks haven't been able to slow Tom Brady down, as the New England quarterback has thrown for 314 yards on 31-of-45 attempts. He has two touchdowns and an interception.
In total yards, the Seahawks are being out gained 372 to 228.
After taking a 10-7 first quarter lead, the Seahawks' offense was unable to sustain a scoring drive to maintain their advantage.
The Patriots went up 14-10 following a lengthy 15 play, 80 yard drive resulting in a one yard touchdown pass to tight end Aaron Hernandez.
On the next Seattle possession, the Seahawks advanced into New England territory before quarterback Russell Wilson fumbled and gave the ball back to the Patriots.
The Patriots took advantage of the turnover, putting up three more points on a 25-yard field goal by kicker Stephen Gostkowski.
Despite a fumble, Russell Wilson still put together an impressive half with 155 yards and a touchdown on 9 of 12 passing. Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch has yet to assert himself, accumulating 26 yards on nine carries.
Tom Brady continues to put up big numbers, with 216 yards and two touchdowns on 21 of 30 attempts.
Both teams have been able to put points on the board on lengthy possessions. Seattle has accumulated 158 yards of total offense, while the Patriots have 139.
The Seahawks got on the scoreboard first after a nine play, 68 yard drive resulted in a 34 yard field goal by kicker Steven Hauschka.
But the Seahawks regained the lead thanks to a seven play, 85 yard possession, culminating in a 24 yard touchdown by wide receiver Doug Baldwin.
Quarterback Russell Wilson has been nearly perfect thus far, putting up 131 yards and a touchdown while completing seven out of eight passes. Tom Brady, meanwhile, is an equally efficient 9-for-12 for 133 yards and a score of his own.
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Lynch was listed as "limited" through Wednesday's practice, but returned to full participation on Thursday. Lynch has rushed for 508 yards and two touchdowns through the Seahawks' first five games.
Unger sat out practices on Wednesday and Thursday with a hip injury, but by Friday was "ready to go," according to head coach Pete Carroll.
Seahawks who are likely to miss Sunday's game are offensive lineman John Moffitt, who has a knee injury, and defensive tackle Jaye Howard, who has a foot injury. Defensive tackle Clinton McDonald (groin) is listed as doubtful as well.
The Patriots will be without linebacker Tracy White, who has a foot injury, and safety Steve Gregory, who has a hip injury. Tom Brady was listed on the injury report on Wednesday with shoulder pain, but now does not appear on the report.
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Unger has been nursing a hip injury the past week but it's looking like he'll power through the pain, with right guard John Moffitt expected to miss his third consecutive game. Paul McQuistan will be to Unger's right in Moffit's place Sunday.
The Seahawks will also be without the services of DT Jaye Howard (foot) this week, with fellow defensive lineman Clinton McDonald likely to join him due to a doubtful designation. McDonald, the primary backup for Brandon Mebane, injured his groin in last week's win in Carolina and could be replaced on the active roster by rookie Greg Scruggs.
Following the pattern of recent weeks, RB Marshawn Lynch is listed as probable after turning in a limited practice Wednesday. He should be good to go against a New England run defense that ranks eighth in the league.
The Seattle Seahawks return home this week to face New England, and some of the focus has been on the matchup between Pete Carroll and the team he used to coach.
Carroll was the head coach of the Patriots from 1997 to '99, and Sunday's game will be the first time he's coached against the Patriots since being fired. During his conference call with New England media on Wednesday, Carroll was asked if the game meant more than usual because of his previous relationship with New England.
"It's a regular game for me that I look forward to because of Coach [Bill] Belichick and [Tom] Brady and [my] relationship with Robert [Kraft]," Carroll said. "I've always liked playing against people that I like and that I know."
On the field, Sunday's game matches strength vs. strength as the Patriots hurry up offense will go against a fast and stout Seahawks defense. Carroll said the Seahawks are yet to face an offense with similar tempo, as no one in the NFL is currently doing what the Patriots are. Carroll compared the tempo to the Oregon Ducks and said the Seattle defense will be challenged to line up correctly before New England is able to snap the ball.
As for his own offense, Carroll once again praised the makeup of Russell Wilson and the way he's been able to handle the challenges and scrutiny he's faced this season. While he said Wilson is learning each week, there is still improvement to be made.
"We have to get a lot better in a lot of areas to make it all work out, but we're getting there," Carroll said.
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Good news for Seahawks fans as Seattle prepares for Sunday's matchup with the New England Patriots, running back Marshawn Lynch, who was limited on Wednesday with a back issue, was back on Thursday and participated fully.
Offensive guard John Moffitt is still listed as out with a knee injury. He has not played either of the last two weeks for Seattle.
Center Max Unger is struggling with a hip injury and has now sat out two consecutive practicse in a row.
Patriots that did not practice on Thursday include safety Steve Gregory (hip), tight end Michael Hoomanwanui (concussion) and linebacker Tracy White (foot). Wide receiver Julian Edelman was also limited in practice on Thursday after sitting out Wednesday's session.
The New England Patriots have emerged as a team that likes to play at a furious pace on offense. While some teams still prefer to huddle and work their way to the offensive line in a timely manner, Tom Brady and the Pats like to get the ball moving.
As head coach Bill Belichick explained this week as he prepares his team to take on the Seattle Seahawks, the no-huddle offense not only takes a toll on the opposing defense, but also the players on the offensive side of the football. Here is the latest from Doug Farrar of Yahoo! Sports.
"Offensively, the two big things are one, conditioning because you're running plays quicker so your cardiovascular system has to work harder because you're going faster and there is less rest in between plays. Two, you have to think quicker. You don't have much time to think about the play coming out of the huddle and getting to the line, getting set up and all that. You hear the play, you get there, you have to see the defense and make whatever communication you have, blocking calls, play adjustments or whatever it is, and then be ready to go. It just accelerates everything.
The Seahawks are averaging a little more than 17 points-per-game this season, meaning Russell Wilson and co. could be in for a long day if they fall behind early. Given the furious pace at which New England likes to play, Seattle's defense is really going to have to step up if they hope to pull out the victory. Look for plenty of substitutions from coach Pete Carroll as he looks to keep his defense fresh and energized.
"You have a lot of things to stop," Belichick said about Seattle's offense. "You've got the running game, the play-action game, the vertical game, their West Coast-passing game, their spread empty game and a running quarterback. They hit you on a lot of different fronts."
Belichick understands the situation Seattle head coach Pete Carroll is in with rookie quarterback Russell Wilson. He understands that Carroll is coaching around rough spots in the offense to take the pressure off Wilson.
The consistency in the run game thanks to Marshawn Lynch and a surprising yet savvy offensive line has opened up the possibilities.
Wilson hasn't been put in enough situations to make too many mistakes, and he's gotten help from wide receivers Sidney Rice and Golden Tate, not to mention veteran tight end Zach Miller, who is second on the team with 150 receiving yards.
New England Patriots wideout Wes Welker knows he's in for a battle come Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks defense, showing much respect for them in a conference call on Thursday morning with the media.
Welker explained how difficult his task will be, as the Seahawks defense is amongst the top in the league in just about every statistical category, as well as their sheer physicality playing the game. He would go on to elaborate on their discipline and necessity to remained varied in your offensive schemes against them.
"They really get after it," Welker said. "I think they're top five in pretty much every category. They fly around to the ball. They tackle really well. They've got a bunch of big guys, fast guys and they move around very well. They're definitely a team where you have to be on top of everything."
"Obviously they're bigger guys, taller guys with longer arms," Welker said. "They do a good job of being patient and staying square at the line, so you've got to get them moving. You've got to do some different things to them and try and get their body weight going."
Kickoff is set for 1:05 p.m. PT with coverage on the CBS Network.
As the New England Patriots prepare for their matchup with the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field, quarterback Tom Brady expressed his respect for Seattle, but noted that you can turn the 12th man on their own team if you can execute your game plan.
Brady noted the challenges that await his team in Seattle in his Tuesday press conference, but also how to turn the tables on the road.
"I think what has more to do with the crowd noise is the fact that they can really play football," said Brady. "They have a really good defense, the best one in the league - statistically, top five in almost every category. They have players and the defensive line is excellent, a very good group of linebackers and certainly the secondary, three of those guys were in the Pro Bowl. They can play defense and they get it going and offensively if we make a bunch of mistakes, I'm sure it will be very loud for us, but hopefully if we get the ball in the end zone it will quiet it down.
Brady also spoke about the us-against-the-world mentality you can have when playing away from home, but how it's different at CenturyLink than many other NFL stadiums:
But I think that's going to be our challenge."It's always nice when you take 53 guys on the road and you say, ‘This is all we've got and this is all we need and this is what we have to do.' And see 70,000 fans, if you can keep them quiet or turn them on their own team. I think that's an exciting part for road teams, is to see if you can get them booing their own players."
Kickoff is set for 1:05 p.m. PT on Sunday with coverage on the CBS Network.
The Seahawks running back is still hampered by a lingering back injury, but all signs point to the NFL's third leading rusher suiting up against New England.
The Seattle Seahawks were without Max Unger during Wednesday's practice, as the team's starting center sat out with a hip injury, reporter Curtis Crabtree said. The team will also be without guard John Moffitt, who sat out with a knee injury, and defensive linemen Clinton McDonald.
Unger is assuredly the most important injury of note. He's been the leader for the Seattle run attack that is seventh in the NFL.
#Seahawks best offensive player vs. CAR was C Max Unger. Fantastic in run game at LOS and 2nd level.— Andy Benoit (@Andy_Benoit) October 10, 2012
Moffitt's absence only compounds the issue for a team that will need offensive production, with the high-scoring New England Patriots rolling into CenturyLink Field this week.
On the defensive side of the ball, McDonald's groin injures hurts the depth of the interior line facing the Patriots' surprisingly successful run game. The Pats rank third in the NFL with 165 yards per game on the ground. McDonald has nine tackles on the year.
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has never been known to be forthcoming with the media, and that continued on Tuesday when he spoke with WEEI in Boston about his team's upcoming game against the Seattle Seahawks.
Belichick was asked about his gameplan against the Seahawks, and whether or not the Patriots will stick with the run-heavy attack they unleashed on the Buffalo Bills. The head coach said a lot of words without saying much of anything:
"That’s really hard to say. We make up our gameplan every week based on what we think we’re going to get from our opponents and sometimes we have to adjust that during the game. Our philosophy is really to stick with whatever is working and try to move the ball and score points. If that is running or throwing or whatever. Our job on offense is to move the ball and score points. However we can do that, that is what we’re going to try to do."
The Patriots will be trying to move the ball and score points, which is exactly opposite of what the Seahawks will want them to do. Seattle will try to win the game by scoring more points than New England. The Patriots will counter by trying to score more points than the Seahawks.
It will be quite the battle when both teams take the field on Sunday. One thing is for sure: A game of football will be played.
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