Down 31-24 with the ball on the Seahawks' 2-yard line and 45 seconds left on the clock, quarterback Tom Brady ran the ball up the middle for just 1 yard. The play accomplished the Pats' apparent goal of forcing the Seahawks to use their last timeout, however, New England was unable to score on second, third, and fourth down.
Brady admitted the team threw away that initial opportunity to score - a decision that would prove fateful.
"It was just some situational football," he said after the loss. "We were trying to get it very close but not in."
In thinking several steps ahead, the Patriots were unable to accomplish the primary goal of scoring, tying the game, and sending it to overtime, or going for a two-point convert and winning the game outright, allowing the Seahawks to claim a redemptive win.