SEATTLE – Russell Wilson continued his sizzling start, throwing five more touchdown passes. Unheralded second-year defensive end L.J. Collier made the play that assured those five TD tosses came in a victory.
Collier stuffed Cam Newton at the 1-yard line on the final play, and the Seattle Seahawks held off the New England Patriots 35-30 Sunday night.
Wilson and Newton — two of the premier quarterbacks in the NFL — claimed the spotlight in a wild prime-time showcase. Wilson was masterful, leading Seattle to a 35-23 lead with less than five minutes remaining.
But Newton took over from there, and yet another Seahawks-Patriots matchup was decided in the closing moments on a play snapped at the 1. This time, it was the Seattle erupting off the sideline in celebration.
"It's an extraordinary moment for football players and for a team. You either come through or you don't," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said.
Newton led New England 80 yards in the closing moments. They reached the 1 on a pass to N'Keal Harry with three seconds left, then called timeout. On the final play, Newton tried to run power to the left but was upended by Collier in the biggest play of his young career. Newton, who had two rushing touchdowns in the game, never got close to the goal line.
Collier and Jamal Adams said from the formation it was clear where the Patriots were going with the play.
"Just to finish it off it's a hell of a play. Imagine if we had fans here today. It would still be shaking," Collier said.
Newton was excellent in his first road game with the Patriots, throwing for 397 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He ran for another 47 yards but couldn't get the last 3 feet to give New England a victory.
Wilson was masterful on the other side, completing 21 of 28 passes for 288 yards. It was his fourth career game with five touchdown passes. Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf, David Moore, Freddie Swain and Chris Carson all took turns celebrating in the end zone.