Seahawks hold off Patriots
Russell Wilson played like the MVP again Sunday, but it was a backup defensive back who saved the day for the Seattle Seahawks.
On the final play of the game, Lano Hill submarined the block of fullback Jakob Johnson and, with help from L.J. Collier, brought down Cam Newton to preserve the Seahawks' 35-30 win over the New England Patriots at fanless CenturyLink Field.
Newton, in his second game with the Patriots, had two rushing touchdowns in the game. He led New England from its own 20 to a first-and-goal at the 1. With three seconds left and no timeouts, the Patriots kept the ball in Newton's hands but the battered Seattle defense made the stand.
The Seahawks are 2-0, thanks mostly to Wilson's incredible play.
The quarterback threw touchdowns to five different receivers, completing 21 of 28 passes for 288 yards.
The only blemish for Wilson was his second pass of the game, which was a pick-six for New England safety Devin McCourty.
Hill was on the field for the final play because starting free safety Quandre Diggs was ejectd in the first quarter for a helmet-to-helmet hit on receiver N'Keal Harry, Digg's replacement, Marquise Blair, then suffered a knee injury.
Two of Wilson's touchdowns came on deep throws to DK Metcalf and David Moore, who did a great job keeping his feet inbounds. He connected on shorter throws to Tyler Lockett and Freddie Swain. His final TD was a touch pass to running back Chris Carson that put Seattle up 35-23 with 4:32 remaining in the game.
Newton capped a 75-yard drive with a 1-yard TD run with 2:16 remaining.
Seattle went three-and-out — Wilson missing a deep shot to Lockett on third-and-1.
The Patriots took over at their 20 with 1:42 and two timeouts left. Newton completed 5 of 8 passes as New England marched deep into Seattle territory. With nine seconds left, Newton zipped a ball that went through the hands of Julian Edelman at the goal line. After he found Harry for 12 yards to the 1, the patriots used their final timeout, setting up the dramatic final play.
Newton, the longtime Carolina QB who has replaced Tom Brady in New England, finished 30-of-44 for 397 yards a touchdown and interception. He ran 11 times for 47 yards and the two TDs.
Seattle's offense was much more balanced than in Week 1, with 30 running plays producing 154 yards including 72 on 17 carries for Chris Carson.
Lockett caught seven balls for 67 yards and Metcalf four for 92.
Next for Seattle is a home game against the 1-1 Dallas Cowboys at 1:25 p.m. next Sunday, another game without fans at CenturyLink Field.
• NFC West picture — The Seahawks are one of three 2-0 teams in the NFC West, joining the Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams. San Francisco is 1-1 after dominating the New York Jets, but the 49ers had a slew of significant injuries.
They lost defensive end Nick Bosa to a suspected ACL tear, and two plays later lost defensive lineman Solomon Thomas to a similar injury. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo did not play in the second half because of a high ankle sprain and running back Raheem Mostert also left with a knee injury.
• Herbert shines in loss — Former Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert threw for 311 yards and a touchdown and ran for a touchdown, but the Chiefs rallied to beat the Los Angeles Chargers in overtime. Herbert found out after the coin toss that he would play because Tyrod Taylor went to the hospital with chest pains after warmups. Herbert did throw one critical interception, but played well in his first NFL action against the defending champions.
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