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Seattle • Tom Brady and the best offense in the NFL got upstaged by an undersized rookie.
In the final minutes, it was Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks making all the big plays.
"If guys didn't believe in him," Seattle safety Earl Thomas said, "I guarantee they believe in him now."
Wilson found Sidney Rice behind the secondary for a 46-yard touchdown with 1:18 remaining, and the Seahawks rallied for 14 points in the final 7:31 to stun the New England Patriots 24-23 on Sunday.
The matchup between the Patriots' No. 1 ranked offense and Seattle's No. 1 defense instead turned in to a starring performance for Wilson. And a shocking rally that gave Pete Carroll a win in the first matchup against the franchise he coached for three seasons in the late 1990s. Carroll was bouncing around the sideline in celebration after one of his biggest pro victories.
Wilson hit Braylon Edwards on fourth down for a 10-yard TD to get the Seahawks within 23-17. After a pair of holds by Seattle's defense, Wilson found Rice streaking open on a double move for his third touchdown pass of the game. Steven Hauschka's extra point gave Seattle (4-2) the lead with 78 seconds remaining.
Wilson faked a handoff and looked deep. Rice was on an option route, and the coverage directed Rice to the middle. After faking to the outside, he was wide open.
"It was a heck of a throw. When I came out of my break, the whole time I was looking at the ball in the air and it was so pretty," Rice said. "I was just running, I was like 'You've got to catch up to it, you've got to catch up to it,' and I was able to track it down."
Brady had a final chance to make up for all the opportunities the Patriots (3-3) squandered. Starting at his 20 with 1:14 left, Brady missed Brandon Lloyd then was sacked by Jason Jones, the first sack all day by Seattle. His pass for Aaron Hernandez, back after being out since Week 2 with an ankle injury, was incomplete, and Wes Welker was stopped short on fourth down. Seahawks 24,Patriots 23
New England 7 10 3 3 23
Seattle 10 0 0 14 24
Sea • FG Hauschka 34, 7:35.
NE • Welker 46 pass from Brady (Gostkowski kick), 5:49.
Sea • Baldwin 24 pass from Wilson (Hauschka kick), 1:50.
NE • Hernandez 1 pass from Brady (Gostkowski kick), 10:33.
NE • FG Gostkowski 25, 2:12.
NE • FG Gostkowski 35, 9:21.
NE • FG Gostkowski 35, 9:21.
Sea • Edwards 10 pass from Wilson (Hauschka kick), 7:21.
Sea • Rice 46 pass from Wilson (Hauschka kick), 1:18.
First downs 26 17
Total Net Yards 475 368
Rushes-yards 26-87 26-85
Passing 388 283
Punt Returns 4-68 2-29
Kickoff Returns 2-43 2-40
Interceptions Ret. 0-0 2-23
Comp-Att-Int 36-58-2 16-27-0
Sacked-Yards Lost 1-7 2-10
Punts 3-44.3 4-60.0
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 3-2
Penalties-yards 6-80 4-35
Time of Possession 34:00 26:00
Rushing • New England, Ridley 16-34, Bolden 6-28, Woodhead 4-25. Seattle, Lynch 15-41, Turbin 5-27, Wilson 5-17, Ryan 1-0.
Passing • New England, Brady 36-58-2-395. Seattle, Wilson 16-27-0-293.
Receiving • New England, Welker 10-138, Lloyd 6-80, Gronkowski 6-61, Hernandez 6-30, Woodhead 5-46, Fells 1-35, Branch 1-5, Ridley 1-0. Seattle, Rice 3-81, Tate 3-47, Baldwin 2-74, Miller 2-29, Edwards 2-21, Turbin 2-21, Lynch 1-11, Washington 1-9.