Patriots vs. Seahawks: Wilson's Last-Minute Touchdown Dumps Tom Brady and Pats
I think it's about time the naysayers drop the "Russell Wilson is too short" hubbub. In his first six NFL starts, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback has beaten Tony Romo, Aaron Rodgers, Cam Newton and Tom Brady. Even though I'm not a huge fan of the quarterback vs. quarterback wins debate, it's still impressive.
In Seattle's three prior victories, Wilson was slightly above average at best. He threw for 502 yards, scored four touchdowns through the air and only turned the ball over twice. Yet, Sunday was by far the best game of his young career.
When Brady and the New England Patriots have a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter, it's hard to mount a comeback. But that's exactly what Wilson and the Seahawks offense did.
A couple of big stops down the stretch from Gus Bradley's defense allowed Seattle to rattle off 14 unanswered points. First, it was a 10-yard touchdown pass to Braylon Edwards on a fade route. Five minutes later, No. 3 hit Sidney Rice right down the middle of the field on a play-action bomb.
Wilson set multiple career highs in Sunday's win. He threw for 293 yards, three touchdowns and secured the second game-winning drive of his career. Even though all the attention was on Darrell Bevell's offense late in the game, we all know the credit should go to the defense.
Early on, Brady marched up and down the field with ease. By halftime, he had already thrown two touchdown passes, and the Patriots looked like they were in the driver's seat heading into the second half.
Fortunately, Bradley's unit tightened up on the back end and made big play after big play in the final two quarters. Before being picked off by Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas, No. 12 had thrown 179 straight passes without being intercepted.
Sherman struck gold first.
Brady was looking to hit Deion Branch on a go-route down the sideline, yet the poorly underthrown ball allowed Sherman to outjump Branch for the interception. His second interception proved to be even more costly than the first.
Wide receiver Wes Welker was running a quick, little drag route on the goal line early in the fourth quarter, but again, Brady's pass was off the mark. The throw sailed over Welker's head and ended up in the hands of safety Earl Thomas. If New England even gets a field goal on that drive, it's game over.
However, Seattle proved football is the ultimate team sport. The team's performance in all three phases led it to victory.
Coach Pete Carroll's club moves to 4-2, and the win puts the Seahawks in a three-way tie for first place in the NFC West.
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