In a seesaw game that featured seven lead changes, the Patriots came out on the short side, losing to the Seahawks 31-24.
Following the two minute warning, Tom Brady hit tight end Rob Gronkowski with a 26-yard pass to the Seattle 2-yard line. The Patriots appeared poised to score, but failed on three attempts and it came down to 4th and goal with :14 on the clock. Brady threw to Gronkowski in the end zone where he got tangled up with the Seahawks defender, however there was no flag.
The loss puts the Patriots at 7-2 on the season.
The Patriots offense showed no rust coming off the bye-week, as Brady marched the team down the field on the opening drive, punctuated by a LeGarrette Blount 1-yard touchdown run.
The Seahawks answered with three straight scoring drives, capped by a 6-yard Russell Wilson to Doug Baldwin touchdown pass to put the Seahawks on top 12-7.
Blount scored his second touchdown of the game, carrying most of the Seahawks defenders on his back, as he powered into the end zone from the 1-yard line with 1:05 remaining in the half.
Wilson made the most of the minute, shredding the Patriot's defense and finding Baldwin wide open for an 18-yard score.
The half ended with the Seahawks on top 19-14.
Blount scored his third touchdown, running 13 yards off tackle to put the Patriots up 21-19.
The back and forth continued, as Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka's 41-yard field goal put Seattle back on top 22-21 with 2:52 remaining in the third quarter.
The sixth lead change of the game took place when Patriots kicker Steve Gostowski hit a 30-yard FG to put New England up 24-22.
Wilson connected on a 38-yard pass with running back C.J. Prosise down to the 2-yard line, but the Patriots defense stood strong and the Seahawks settled for a fourth Hauschkas field goal and a 25-24 lead.
With just over eight minutes remaining in the game, wide receiver Julian Edelman fumbled after he caught a pass from Brady and the Seahawk's Richard Sherman recovered around mid-field.
Wilson connected with Baldwin for a 15-yard score. Seattle failed on a 2-point conversion and their lead was 31-24.
The Patriots took the kickoff and moved the ball inside the Seahawk's 5-yard line with 1:29, but failed to score on four attempts.
Seahawks head coach Peter Carroll returned to Foxborough and the Patriots' home stadium Sunday for the first time since his departure in 1999. It was also the first meeting between the teams since New England's 2015 Super Bowl victory denied Seattle back-to-back championships.