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February 1, 2015 at 5:07 PM

Seahawks, Patriots tied at 14 at the half

What a crazy ending to the first half for the Seattle Seahawks, who did nothing until going on long drives on their last two possessions to end up in a 14-14 tie with the Patriots.

The star of the half was Chris Matthews, who had a 44-yard catch to set up Seattle’s first touchdown and then scored the next one on an 11-yard reception with two seconds to go.

Seattle used the height of the 6-5 Matthews on each play to revive its offense after a humbling beginning.

Matthews played in the CFL the last two years before being signed by Seattle prior to this season.He was promoted to the active roster Dec. 6 but until now was known only for recovering the on-side kick two weeks ago against Green Bay.

Matthews’ second TD stunned the Patriots, who appeared ready to take a 14-7 lead into the locker room after scoring on a 22-yard pass from Tom Brady to Rob Gronkowski with 31 seconds to play.

But rather than run out the clock, the Seahawks moved quickly down the field, using a 19-yard run by Robert Turbin to jumpstart the drive and a 23-yard pass from Wilson to Ricardo Lockette, which combined with a penalty to place the ball at the 11 with six seconds remaining.

From there, Wilson hit Matthews on a fade in the end zone to tie it.

Seattle suffered a tough personnel loss early when cornerback Jeremy Lane hurt his left arm after falling on it after completing a run following an interception in the end zone.

There was no immediate word on the severity of Lane’s injury but he was listed as doubtful to return.

Lane was replaced by Tharold Simon, who was beaten for New England’s first touchdown, an 11-yard pass from Brady to Brandon LaFell.

New England had 222 yards in the first half to 167 for Seattle.

Seattle gained just 22 yards on its first three drives before getting 150 on 13 plays on its last two.

 

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