Richard Seymour entered Sunday's game against the Patriots fueled by two-plus years of resentment for his trade from New England to Oakland . . . and his failure to control his emotions cost his team dearly in the first quarter.
Seymour was nailed for two penalties -- including an inexcusable roughing-the-passer penalty for hurling Tom Brady to the ground on a third-and-nine after play had been stopped for a delay-of-game call against the Pats -- that accounted for 25 of the 80 yards New England covered in a touchdown drive that gave the Patriots a 7-3 lead after one quarter.
Seymour also committed a face-mask penalty on a two-yard run by BenJarvus Green-Ellis, which moved the ball from the Oakland 45 to the Oakland 32. It took Tom Brady just three plays -- runs of 15 yards by Stevan Ridley and 2 yards by Green-Ellis, and a 15-yard pass to Wes Welker set up by a beautiful pick from Chad Ochocinco -- to get the Pats in from there, giving them a 7-3 lead.
The Raiders, given a short field when the opening kickoff by Stephan Gostkowski went out of bounds, had taken a 3-0 lead on a chip-shot, 28-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski.