The Patriots trailed by 12 with just over two minutes left in the game, but somehow found themselves in Seattle territory in the closing minute trailing 35-30.
With 36 seconds left, Cam Newton found Julian Edelman for a 18-yard gain to get to the 13-yard line. Instead of taking their final timeout, close to 20 seconds ran off the clock as the Patriots did not run their next play until there were 13 seconds remaining.
It was an incomplete pass in the end zone and then on the next play Newton found N’Keal Harry, but he was stopped at the 1-yard line with three seconds left where the Patriots used their final timeout.
Newton was ultimately stopped on the game’s final play, but if the Patriots had used their last timeout on the Edelman catch with just under 30 seconds left, they would have likely had three, or potentially even four, chances to score from the 13-yard line, instead of two.
Bill Belichick was asked about the sequence afterwards, but seemed confused.
“Seattle took a timeout,” Belichick said. “I mean, what are you talking about?”
The reporter confirmed that the Patriots rushed to the line after the Edelman catch and snapped the ball with 13 seconds remaining, instead of taking a timeout with just under 30 seconds remaining
“Yeah, well,” Belichick said before not saying anything else on the question.
Below is video of the exchange.