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Around the NFC West: Seahawks can't finish

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says there's reason to wonder what the Seahawks must do to win another game.

Art Thiel of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says the Seahawks have forgotten how to finish. Deion Branch tried to help them remember.

Farnsworth and Greg Johns of the Post-Intelligencer check in with Branch before noting that Marcus Trufant got the best of Randy Moss in their matchup.

Frank Hughes of the Tacoma News Tribune says the Seahawks were more competitive than expected against the Patriots.

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune quotes Julius Jones as saying this was the first time he played zero snaps in a game when healthy. The Seahawks went with Maurice Morris and T.J. Duckett instead.

Also from Williams: The Seahawks' patched-together offensive line played well under the circumstances. Center Steve Vallos took the blame for calling the wrong protection on Brandon Meriweather's sack and forced fumble.

John McGrath of the Tacoma News Tribune wonders whether Branch's breakout game marked the beginning or the end of his contributions in Seattle.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says the Seahawks' safeties didn't do enough on third down against the Patriots.

Also from O'Neil: A look at the Seahawks' surprising performance on offense.

More from O'Neil: Branch and Wes Welker are the players of the game.

Jose Romero of the Seattle Times quotes Mike Holmgren as saying this Seattle performance was better than other losing ones.

Also from Romero: Backup quarterback Seneca Wallace stepped up for Seattle. I thought Wallace's healthy legs made all the difference in his performance.

Steve Kelley of the Seattle Times says the Seahawks felt a sense of renewal for much of their game against the Patriots.