Josh McDaniels discusses final play vs. Seahawks: I’m accountable that we didn’t score


The Patriots were one play away from beating the Seahawks Sunday night in Seattle.

All they had to do was score from the 1-yard line on the final play of the game, but Cam Newton was stopped for a loss to end the game and allow Seattle to walk away with a 35-30 win.

For the fourth time in the game, the Patriots called for a jumbo package with no wide receivers and some extra offensive linemen. Earlier in the game the team ran Newton out of the formation two times for touchdowns and on the other Newton threw a touchdown pass to fullback Jakob Johnson.

But, the fourth time Seattle got through the line and stopped Newton for a loss.

Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels received some criticism for the call afterwards, and speaking via video conference Tuesday, McDaniels held himself accountable.

“At the end of the day, my responsibility is to prepare our group to be able to execute and be successful in those types of situations and/or to have a call that assists us in gaining some success in those situations,” he said. “So, that’s my responsibility. And I’m accountable for the fact that we didn’t score there at the end, and I need to do a better job of being able to help our guys finish in that situation.

“We have used that formation multiple times in multiple different games here this year. We’ve run multiple different plays from it, which is — it’s it’s an element of — there’s misdirection, there’s some straightforward stuff to it. You saw us throw past to (Jakob Johnson) out of it. So, there’s different things that we can do and that we have done. And at the end of the day, you have to make a choice there.”

McDaniels added: “It’s my responsibility to help us get in the end zone there and make the right call. And I think Seattle should get a lot of credit. They did a great job on that play. They made a great play at the end of the game to help their team win, and they deserve a lot of credit. But at the end of the day, I’m accountable for that. And I’ll try to do better as we move forward.”

Newton finished the game with 397 yards passing, the third-most of his career.