New England Patriots defeat Seattle Seahawks, 24-21

SEATTLE - In the course of a season there are certain games that define a team.

This was one of those games.

With their playoff quest on the verge of coming to an end at Qwest Field, the Patriots defied defensive injuries and a fourth-quarter deficit to define themselves with a 24-21 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. The win, coupled with the Jets' loss to the 49ers, pulled the Patriots into a three-way tie for first place in the AFC East at 8-5 with the Jets and the D...

SEATTLE - Despite making all three of his field goals, including a season-long 50-yarder, it would have been a sleepless night for placekicker Stephen Gostkowski if the Patriots hadn't rallied for a 24-21 win over the Seahawks.

After Gostkowski hit his second field goal of the game, a 42-yarder with 2:40 left in the third quarter that pulled the Patriots within a point (14-13), his ensuing kickoff was fumbled by Seattle's Josh Wilson. The ball came bounding right to Gos...

SEATTLE - Everything was easy last year. Blowout after blowout. The unstoppable march toward history and perfection. It was obvious the Patriots were great. The only real questions involved whether they were good sports. On the way to the Super Bowl they lost their way and became a little harder to admire and emulate.

Not anymore. The 2008 Patriots have struggled for everything they've gotten, and in many ways it's been more fun to watch than last season. You never know...

SEATTLE - Accounting for two plays in which offensive holding penalties were called, Patriots defenders were on the field for 57 laborious snaps yesterday.

Improbably, linebackers Junior Seau and Rosevelt Colvin were on for 28 of them - seven in the first half, 21 in the second.

The stat lines focusing on tackles and sacks won't show it. Neither will the television highlights of Seau faked out of his cleats by receiver Deion Branch on a 64-yard catch-and-run, or beat...