Quarterback Cam Newton nearly led the visiting New England Patriots in a vintage comeback in the fourth quarter Sunday night against the Seattle Seahawks, but was stopped on a planned run on the 1-yard line in the last game of a 35- defeat. 30 at CenturyLink Campo.
Newton was remarkable, finishing 30 of 44 for 397 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He added 47 yards by running 11 carries and two touchdowns.
His performance kept the Patriots in play until the final game, in which he took a direct snap and attempted to cross the left side of the scrimmage line, but was stopped for a 1-yard loss from the L.J. Collier.
“This was the favorite in the game plan. We ran it a couple of times and thought it was something we probably went to the well too many times. But at the end of the day, we felt confident and you just have to execute,”
“I could have bounced it [outside], watching the clip. I just have to be better in the end. We put ourselves in a position to win. When you do, you just have to finish. “
In his career, Newton had scored 16 of 20 while running from the 1-yard line, according to research by ESPN Stats & Information. This included his two hasty touchdowns at the start of Sunday’s game.
“We had a game to score and we tried to follow what we thought was our best play,” said coach Bill Belichick. “Seattle played a good game.”
The Patriots did not disguise their intentions that Newton would likely run the final game, as they had no catchers or running backs on the pitch. Instead, they added two extra offensive linemen, along with two tight ends and a full-back.
Asked if he had the feeling that the Seahawks knew what was going to happen, Newton replied, “No, I just didn’t fix everyone. That’s the only thing I’m sorry about. That kind of situation, it’s humiliating to have respect. of a team to have the ball in my hands, I just have to deliver.
“I saw a clip of it. I could have done it right just by bouncing it. I was just trying to be patient. I’m just thinking too much, man. Or just diving over the top. There are so many different things flashing on me. Playing games a quick defense like that, as soon as you guess, you’re wrong.So I definitely learned from that.
“The game was there. The game had been there for the whole game. Moving forward, we just have to plan things out, and I, being in that situation again, hope we can have a better result.”
That a Patriots-Seahawks game was decided at the 1-yard line is no surprise, as it has happened this way the last three times the teams have met.
In Super Bowl XLIX, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was intercepted at the 1-yard line by Malcolm Butler to clinch a win.
In 2016, the Patriots were seven points down and arrived at the 1-yard line when Tom Brady threw an incomplete pass to tight end Rob Gronkowski in the end zone with 11 seconds left.
Sunday night, the Seahawks appeared to be in the lead, leading 35-23 with 4:32 remaining in the fourth quarter. But Newton warmed up, leading a seven-game 75-yard touchdown in just two minutes and 16 seconds. Newton capped that drive with a 1-yard touchdown, helping the Patriots close at 35-30.
With 2:16 to play and all three timeouts, the Patriots therefore decided to kick off instead of attempting an onside kick.
The strategy paid off when the Seahawks, in third and 1, had Russell Wilson attempt a deep pass from Tyler Lockett – a curious playcall that sparked memories of their decision to pitch on the goal line in Super Bowl XLIX. .
This ultimately returned the ball to the Patriots at 7pm with 1:42 remaining, with Newton leading a fierce charge down the field.
His favorite target overall was receiver Julian Edelman, who finished with eight receptions for 179 yards.
“Make no mistake, the Seattle Seahawks are a good football team. We are also a great football team. It was great to see where we are. [measured] on. We just fell short, “Newton said.
“The reason you play this game is for one stat and only one stat. We didn’t get that stat, this is victory. For us, this is a disgusting taste in the mouth. I have to grow and improve on this offense, and yeah hopes to have a better result next week “.