The Seahawks pulled out a wild 24-23 victory on Sunday after Russell Wilson connected with Sidney Rice on a 46-yard touchdown pass with 87 seconds remaining to cap perhaps the most satisfying regular-season win of the Pete Carroll era. And one of the most painful regular-season Bill Belichick losses in a while.
"It was a heck of a throw. When I came out of my break, the whole time I was looking at the ball in the air and it was so pretty," Rice said, according to The Associated Press. "I was just running, I was like 'You've got to catch up to it, you've got to catch up to it,' and I was able to track it down."
Consider this: New England had a 13-point lead with less than eight minutes left against a rookie quarterback. Twice in the game, Tom Brady came away with no points after moving the ball inside the 10-yard line. Brady threw two second-half interceptions and made a number of missed throws and mental miscues. The Seahawks' defense gave up a lot of yards (475), but the unit forced a ton of errors and locked Brady down in the fourth quarter.