In a nutshell: Patriots 17-10. The Patriots played keep away in the quarter, driving 80 yards for a TD and 41 yards to a field goal. On the drive to Tom Brady’s 1-yard scoring pass to Aaron Hernandez, the Patriots’ quick-strike offense used 6 minutes, 17 seconds to move those 80 yards in 15 plays.
Player of the quarter: Brady. He was 8 of 9 for 62 yards on the TD drive and 5 of 8 for 36 yards on the 41-yard drive to the field goal.
Plays of the quarter: On a second-and-9 play, guard Paul McQuistan was called for holding. But the Patriots declined, taking the 1-yard loss on a run by Marshawn Lynch. On the next play, defensive end Chandler Jones beat tight end Zach Miller to produce a fumble-forcing sack of Wilson and end Rob Ninkovich recovered at the Seahawks’ 47. Eleven plays later, Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 25-yard field goal.
Number of the quarter: 4. The number of third-down situations the Patriots converted, in five opportunities, on their first two scoring drives.
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