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NFL: Russell Wilson leads Seattle Seahawks past New England Patriots 24-23

Published: Tuesday, July 7 2015 2:33 p.m. MDT

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (77) and Nate Solder (77) walk off the field after their last play against  the Seattle Seahawks in the 24-34 loss to of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, in Seattle.  (John Froschauer, Associated Press) New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (77) and Nate Solder (77) walk off the field after their last play against the Seattle Seahawks in the 24-34 loss to of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, in Seattle. (John Froschauer, Associated Press)

SEATTLE — Tom Brady and the best offense in the NFL got upstaged by an undersized rookie.

In the final minutes, it was Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks making all the big plays.

Wilson found Sidney Rice behind the secondary for a 46-yard touchdown with 1:18 remaining, and the Seahawks rallied for 14 points in the final 7:31 to stun the New England Patriots 24-23 Sunday.

The matchup between the Patriots' No. 1 ranked offense and Seattle's No. 1 defense instead turned in to a starring performance for Wilson, and a shocking rally.

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.

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) carries the ball as teammate James Carpenter (77) blocks and New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes, left, moves in for the tackle in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, in Seattle.  (Elaine Thompson, Associated Press) Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) carries the ball as teammate James Carpenter (77) blocks and New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes, left, moves in for the tackle in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, in Seattle. (Elaine Thompson, Associated Press)

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 Aaron Hernandez, back after being out since Week 2 with an ankle injury, was incomplete, and Wes Welker was stopped short on fourth down.

That gave former Patriots coach Pete Carroll one of his biggest pro victories.

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.

Brady finished 36 of 58 for 395 yards and touchdown passes of 1 yard to Hernandez and 46 yards to Welker in the first half. Welker had 10 catches for 138 yards, his fourth straight game over 100. Brady topped 300 yards passing for the 49th time, but was intercepted in the second half by Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas after going 179 attempts without being picked off. One of Brady's interceptions came in the end zone, yet another squandered chance by the Patriots.

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson throws in the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, in Seattle.  (John Froschauer, Associated Press) Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson throws in the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, in Seattle. (John Froschauer, Associated Press)

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