Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/15/12
I am just totally at a loss after this week's game; no, I'm apoplectic.I'm not sure if it's harder to pick the hero of the game for the Seahawks or the zero of the game for the Patriots.Tom Brady was good today at 62% passing and 2 touchdowns; and Brady was bad today with 2 interceptions and 2 intentional grounding calls.Russell Wilson was not far behind at 59% and 3 touchdowns, but no interceptions.Marshawn Lynch was held to 42 yards rushing while Stevan Ridley only ran for 34 yards on the day. Total rushing yards were almost identical for the two teams and there were no rushing touchdowns. These are two of the top running backs in the league and this was clearly a bad day for running the ball.It could be argued that the rain was the deciding factor this afternoon, making it nearly impossible to predict grip on the football and footing on the turf. It would be too easy to blame mother nature for the outcome.And then there was the defense. Neither team was outstanding in that category. The two interceptions by Seattle's defenders were really gifts that Tom Brady laid out for them. Neither ball should have been thrown in the first place, and the interception in the end zone was a bad decision as well as a bad throw, hitting Earl Thomas in stride. And then Richard Sherman was perfectly in position as Brady floated a pass in the direction of Deion Branch in the third quarter.In contrast, Russell Wilson was in control of his passes and the Patriot defense seemingly took a step backward with spotty coverage and a big gaff in the fourth quarter that surrendered the winning touchdown to Sydney Rice. So, I have two questions: do the safeties know that a receiver should never run past them, especially in a "prevent" situation? And, is it not easier to break up a pass if you can see the ball?I could easily make a case for the Patriots' secondary to be the scapegoat with loose coverage and few plays on what most consider a mediocre offense (ranked 26th in the league). The secondary simply could not cover and could not disrupt the passing game of the Seahawks.I have to lay some blame on Josh McDaniels once again; I think the play calling has been a little anemic, especially when playing to preserve a lead at the end of the game. It seems that he forgets that a first down will all but seal the win. What gives?But before I give my final answer, I have to give props to the defensive line for getting some pressure on the quarterback today. While an interception would have been nice, a strip sack and a forced fumble look pretty good on the stat sheet.However, we have come to expect consistency from our field commander, so my zero of the game is actually Tom Brady; I know, perish the thought. After 13 years in the league we ought to expect better decisions, even in the rain. But there is no excuse for intentional grounding, twice, despite the pressure and considering both times he had open receivers and couldn't get the ball in the vicinity. Several passes fell far short of the intended receivers, despite the fact that Tom enjoyed relatively good protection.And on the other side of the field stands Russell Wilson, who fell just 7 yards shy of 300 and had the New England secondary on its heels. He has to be the hero with a perfect pass to Tate who outran Tavon Wilson for an easy game winning touchdown in the final minutes. He ran the ball just enough to get out of trouble and only lost it one time. That is good enough control of the game by a rookie in my book. Credit him with the win.Seattle may have done just enough to win, but the Patriots also did just enough to lose, even if by only a point.
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