Sunday, October 14, 2012

Pats squander 2-TD lead in 4th quarter vs. Seahawks


After letting a 13-point fourth quarter lead slip away in their heartbreaking 24-23 defeat at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks Sunday, the New England Patriots were focused on the instances when they left points on the field.

Brady and the Patriots' offense blew a number of chances throughout the game to score a field goal or touchdown, when just one of either would have likely put the game out of reach.

"I thought we squandered quite a few opportunities today," quarterback Tom Brady said after the game, according to "Certainly we have to do a better job, and it starts with me."

The Seahawks picked off Brady twice, once early in the fourth quarter in their own end zone when the Patriots had a chance to increase their lead by 17 points. Brady missed Wes Welker badly on a crossing route and safety Earl Thomas intercepted the pass and ended the scoring threat.

Overall, New England converted just one of its six red zone trips into points. That statistic mostly negated yet another dominant showing from the league's No. 1 offense, especially impressive pitted against the league's No. 1 defense.

"We had a quite a few yards," Brady said, after his 395-yard passing performance. "We moved up and down the field at times. We really squandered some scoring opportunities."

While it ceded a large number of yards through the air, the Seahawks' defense bottled up New England's resurgent ground game, limiting the Patriots to 87 yards after two consecutive 200-yard outings.

The lack of rushing success especially hurt them late in the game, as Seattle stiffened against the pass and New England focused on running out the clock. A trio of failed drives late in the fourth quarter left the door open for a thrilling comeback led by Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

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