Brady’s 36 completions on 58 attempts for 395 yards tied for the second most completions and was the most attempts in any game in his career. Welker tied Jerry Rice with his 15th career game of at least 10 receptions and more than 100 yards receiving.
Brady also topped 300 yards for the 49th time in his career to move into a tie for seventh all-time with Warren Moon.
And despite all those accomplishments, the Patriots headed home at 3-3.
“Who knows, it’s not a magic wand, we’re 3-3 for a reason,” New England defensive tackle Vince Wilfork said. “Until we do something about it we are going to continue to have problems. Just didn’t make enough, just didn’t do enough and it cost us.”
New England held a 23-10 lead midway through the fourth quarter and saw Seattle score the final 14 points in stunning fashion. Wilson hit Braylon Edwards on fourth down for a 10-yard TD to get the Seahawks within 23-17. After a pair of holds by Seattle’s defense, Wilson found Rice streaking open on a double move for his third touchdown pass of the game. Steven Hauschka’s extra point gave Seattle (4-2) the lead with 78 seconds remaining.
Brady had a final chance to make up for all the opportunities the Patriots (3-3) squandered. Starting at his 20 with 1:14 left, Brady missed Brandon Lloyd then was sacked by Jason Jones, the first sack all day by Seattle. His pass for Hernandez was incomplete, and Wes Welker was stopped short on fourth down.
“We’ve played some tough games on the road and showed a lot of toughness and we just have to execute better. I think that’s what it comes down to,” Brady said.
There were many missed chances for New England, but the one that may linger the most came at the end of the first half. The Patriots reached the Seattle 3 with 6 seconds left in the half. Instead of kicking, New England ran one more play where Brady was pressured in the pocket and threw the ball to the back of the end zone where there were no receivers.