BSJ Game Report: Seahawks 35, Patriots 30 – New England comes up 1 yard short in comeback attempt

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Everything you need to know from the Patriots’ 35-30 loss to the Seahawks in quickie form, with BSJ insight and analysis:


Patriots come up 1 yard short: After spending much of the second half trying to come back from being down two scores, the Patriots almost did it in the final minute when they drove to the Seattle 1-yard line with 3 seconds left. The Patriots went back to their huge goal-line package, which had worked so well in these first two games, but it didn't work when rookie Michael Onwenu allowed penetration, and that started the ball rolling on the 1-yard loss by Cam Newton.

"Maybe we went to the well too often," said Newton. "But I could have made it right by bouncing it. ... The play was there. The play was there all game."

Bill Belichick said the Seahawks made a play and they didn't.

Patriots defense gets shredded by Wilson, running game: Russell Wilson tied a career-high with five touchdown passes against a Patriots secondary that allowed four to wide receivers all of last season (132.1 rating). The Seahawks scored touchdowns on three of their four second-half drives before trying to run out the clock. The Patriots only forced them into seven third downs, which was the fewest since back-to-back losses to Miami and Pittsburgh in 2018. That's an issue, because teams usually have their best pressure packages designed for third-down distances (short, medium, long) and not for seconds downs — and Wilson wrecked the Patriots on second down, according to PFF: Wilson completed 8 of 10 passes for 168 yards and four touchdowns and added 39 yards on five scrambles, four of which resulted in a first down. On the ground, Seattle averaged 5.1 yards on 30 carries.

Patriots passing offense wakes up: