- Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer
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SEATTLE, Wash. -- Rookie safety Tavon Wilson took accountability for the game-winning 46-yard touchdown catch that helped the Seattle Seahawks defeat the New England Patriots, 24-23, on Sunday at CenturyLink Field.
“You’ve got to make a play when you need to make it, and I didn’t,” said Wilson, who appeared to be playing a two-deep coverage with fellow rookie Nate Ebner on the play in which Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson found receiver Sidney Rice down the middle of the field with 1:18 remaining. “I got beat. I accept that. We were in simple coverage and he made the play and I didn’t.”
The play reflects an alarming trend for the Patriots’ secondary -- it is giving up too many big plays.
Russell Wilson, who had struggled to generate a consistent attack through the first five games of the season, finished 16-of-27 for 293 yards and three touchdowns. There were big pass plays of 51, 50 and 46 yards.
While there were struggles throughout, injuries didn’t help late.
Starting safety Patrick Chung left the game in the fourth quarter with a shoulder injury, and with fellow starter Steve Gregory not dressing with a hip injury, the Patriots had Wilson and Ebner at safety in crunch time. Sterling Moore, who had taken reps at safety, must have also been injured (the team didn’t make an official announcement).
“I’m held accountable just like everybody else on this team. I don’t expect them to take no slack on me because I’m a rookie,” Wilson said. “I’ve got to make the play.”
Simply put, the Patriots’ defensive backs aren’t making enough of them.