4:05 PM ET, December 7, 2008
CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA
Cassel keeps Pats in playoff picture with fourth-quarter rally vs. Seahawks
SEATTLE -- Matt Cassel coolly completed passes with blitzers swarming him. Wes Welker lowered his head into and out of piles for key gains. An injury-depleted defense needed recently signed veteran Junior Seau, then turned stout when it had to.Even though it was against a struggling opponent, the New England Patriots showed championship-like resolve to begin their favorite month.
• The Patriots rallied from eight down in the fourth quarter. They had been 0-5 this season when trailing to start the fourth.
• New England has now won 14 straight games against the NFC.
• Bill Belichick won his 150th career game, including the playoffs.
-- ESPN research
New England was already missing OLB Pierre Woods, who was inactive for the first time this season with a jaw injury. DT Vince Wilfork went to the locker room in the first quarter with a shoulder injury. S James Sanders left in the third quarter after hurting his ribs. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||4.8||6.2|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||2-3||3-3|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|TD||5:32||Deion Branch 14 Yard Pass From Seneca Wallace (Olindo Mare Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 13 plays, 87 yds, 6:35
|FG||0:53||Stephen Gostkowski 50 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 9 plays, 48 yds, 4:37
|TD||12:36||John Carlson 10 Yard Pass From Seneca Wallace (Olindo Mare Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 74 yds, 3:18
|TD||9:14||Benjamin Watson 2 Yard Pass From Matt Cassel (Stephen Gostkowski Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 43 yds, 3:21
|FG||2:45||Stephen Gostkowski 42 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 12 plays, 56 yds, 4:43
|TD||0:49||Deion Branch 4 Yard Pass From Seneca Wallace (Olindo Mare Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 62 yds, 1:59
|FG||12:22||Stephen Gostkowski 27 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 10 plays, 68 yds, 3:22
|TD||2:50||Sammy Morris 1 Yard Run (Matt Cassel Pass to Wes Welker For Two-Point Conversion is Good)|
Drive info: 14 plays, 71 yds, 6:03