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
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||4.8||6.2|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||05:25||Deion Branch 14 Yd Pass From Seneca Wallace (Olindo Mare Kick)||0||7|
|FG||00:48||Stephen Gostkowski 50 Yd||3||7|
|TD||12:30||John Carlson 10 Yd Pass From Seneca Wallace (Olindo Mare Kick)||3||14|
|TD||09:09||Benjamin Watson 2 Yd Pass From Matt Cassel (Stephen Gostkowski Kick)||10||14|
|FG||02:40||Stephen Gostkowski 42 Yd||13||14|
|TD||00:41||Deion Branch 4 Yd Pass From Seneca Wallace (Olindo Mare Kick)||13||21|
|FG||12:19||Stephen Gostkowski 27 Yd||16||21|
|TD||02:44||Sammy Morris 1 Yd Run (Matt Cassel Pass To Wes Welker For Two-Point Conversion)||24||21|