NFL Week 2: Instant analysis from Patriots’ 35-30 loss to Seahawks
On Sunday night, the New England Patriots visited CenturyLink Field for the first time since quarterback Russell Wilson’s rookie season.
There would be no 12th man in attendance. But the end result would the same as in the fall of 2012.
Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks defeated New England, 35-30, as a final push with three seconds remaining fell feet short.
Patriots go without a captain in the backfield
The Patriots entered the 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff without running back and team captain James White in uniform. White’s father, Tyrone, a captain with the Miami-Dade Police Department, was killed Sunday in a car accident that has reportedly left his mother, Lisa, in critical condition.
Three backs were active for New England. Sony Michel, Rex Burkhead and J.J. Taylor stepped on. And in that order.
But Cam Newton accounted for two rushing touchdowns a week after powering in for a pair, setting an NFL QB record with his eighth career multi-TD performance on the ground. He’d also lead the way with 47 yards on 11 carries. The Patriots headed into the locker room for halftime having averaged 2.4 yards per carry. That average went to 2.6 by game’s end. In contrast, the offense tallied 217 yards on the ground in the opener against the Miami Dolphins.
Seattle’s opening drive ended after three plays. And it ended with the football in the hands of Devin McCourty.
The centerfielder of New England’s defense sat in zone as ...
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