After discussion, referee Clete Blakeman flagged Brady for intentional grounding, which required a 10-second run off and ended the half.
Asked why he didn’t take the field goal, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said, “We were trying to score.”
Brady gave a bit more of an explanation.
“We thought we could take a shot at a touchdown there,” Brady said. “I just got to throw the ball away just a little bit closer to one of our guys. I think that’s what it comes down to. It’s tough to give up three points.”
Brady threw touchdowns in the first half of 1 yard to Hernandez and 46 yards to Welker, the second longest TD reception of his career. But Brady also threw a pair of costly interceptions, one picked off by Richard Sherman on a seam route in the third quarter at the Seattle 20 and the other by safety Earl Thomas in the end zone in the fourth. Thomas’ interception came on a pass intended for Welker.
Wilson finished 16 of 27 for 293 yards, the best day of his young career. He added Brady to an impressive list of quarterbacks he’s topped this year: Tony Romo, Aaron Rodgers and Cam Newton. It was also the fifth time in six games Wilson found himself in a late drive with the game on the line.
“I think I’m always comfortable no matter the situation, I think I’m just more experienced,” Wilson said. “Being in those situations you have to trust what you see, you have to be quick with your decisions but also believe in your decisions and just be decisive with the football.”
NOTES: Brady threw two interceptions in a regular season game for the first time since last November against the New York Giants. He threw two interceptions in the playoffs against Baltimore. ... First-round pick Chandler Jones had two of New England’s five sacks of Wilson. ... Seattle P Jon Ryan averaged 60 yards per punt. According to the team, he’s the first punter to average 60 yards per kick since 1946.