Quarterback Cam Newton nearly led the visiting New England Patriots on a vintage fourth-quarter comeback Sunday night against the Seattle Seahawks, but he was stopped on a designed run at the 1-yard line on the final play of a 35-30 loss at CenturyLink Field.
Newton was remarkable, finishing 30-of-44 for 397 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He added 47 yards rushing on 11 carries and two touchdowns.cheap nfl jerseys china nike
His performance kept the Patriots in the game until the final play, in which he took a direct snap and attempted to power over the left side of the line of scrimmage but was stopped for a loss of 1 yard by defensive end L.J. Collier.
“That was favored in the game plan. We ran it a couple times and figured it was something we probably went to the well too many times. But at the end of the day, we felt confident about it and you just have to execute,” Newton said.
“I could have bounced it [outside], looking at the clip. I just have to be better at the end. We put ourselves in a position to win. When you do that, you just have to finish.”
In his career, Newton had been 16-of-20 scoring on rushing from the 1-yard line, according to research by ESPN Stats & Information. That included his two rushing touchdowns earlier in Sunday’s game.
“We had one play to score and we tried to go with what we thought was our best play,” coach Bill Belichick said. “Seattle made a good play.”nike nfl jerseys cheap china
The Patriots didn’t disguise their intentions that Newton would likely run on the final play, as they didn’t have any receivers or running backs on the field. Instead, they added two extra offensive linemen, along with two tight ends and a fullback.
Asked if he sensed the Seahawks knew what was coming, Newton said, “No, I just didn’t make everybody right. That’s the only thing I regret. That type of situation, it’s humbling to be able to have the respect of a team to have the ball in my hands. I just have to deliver.
“I saw a clip of it. I could have made it right by just bouncing it. I was just trying to be patient. Just thinking too much, man. Or even just diving over the top. There are so many different things that flashed over me. Playing a fast defense like that, as soon as you guess, you’re wrong. So I definitely learned from this.
“The play was there. The play had been there all game. Moving forward, we just have to scheme up things, and me being put in that situation again, hopefully we can have a better outcome.”