Hawks Grounded in Indy
October 6, 2013, 2:27 pm
Coming in with their best start in franchise history, the Seattle Seahawks were hoping to add another win to their 4-0 record on the road against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
The Colts had other ideas.
Behind a two-touchdown day from quarterback Andrew Luck and a blocked field goal returned for a touchdown, Indianapolis scored 11 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to come from behind and win 34-28 over the Seahawks.
Seattle got off to a hot start, forcing a three-and-out on the first series of the game and then turning around and scoring the first points of the game with a 42-yard Steven Hauschka field goal.
After forcing another three-and-out, Seattle QB Russell Wilson found Golden Tate for a ten-yard score to put the Seahawks up 10-0.
After forcing another fourth down on the Colts’ next drive, the Seahawks brought the house and blocked the Colts’ punt attempt, causing the ball to roll back into the end zone. A Seahawks player appeared to gain control of the ball as he was sliding out of the back of the end zone, but the referees originally called it a safety. The call stood after the officials reviewed the play, and Seattle took a 12-0 lead over the Colts.
On the Colts’ next possession, Andrew Luck found wide receiver T.Y. Hilton for a 73-yard touchdown strike to get Indianapolis on the board in the closing moments of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, as the Seahawks lined up to attempt a field goal, the Colts broke through to block the attempt and return it 61 yards for a touchdown and Indianapolis’ first lead of the game, 14-12.
Seattle would retake the lead later in the second quarter on a drive that culminated in a 28-yard touchdown pass from Russell Wilson to Jermaine Kearse, putting the Seahawks up 19-14.
The Colts would close the gap right before halftime with a 41-yard field goal for the 19-17 halftime score.
The Seahawks would begin scoring in the second half with a pair of Hauschka field goals – the first from 36 yards out and then from 41 yards out to give Seattle a 25-17 lead midway through the third quarter.
The Colts would begin to come back late in the third, thanks to another touchdown pass from Luck to Hilton – this time going for 29 yards to get the Colts to within two, 25-23.
The Colts’ two-point attempt after the touchdown failed, keeping them two points back of the Seahawks with time running out in the third quarter.
Seattle would close out the third quarter behind Hauschka’s fourth – and final – field goal of the game, putting the Seahawks up 28-23 heading into the fourth quarter.
In the final frame, Luck led the Colts back down the field to set up the go-ahead touchdown run by Donald Brown from three yards out. After the touchdown, Luck connected with receiver Reggie Wayne for the two point conversion to put Indianapolis up 31-28.
After a defensive stop, Indianapolis was able to eat up the clock on its final drive before kicker Adam Vinatieri connected on a 49-yard field goal to give the Colts a 34-28.
With no timeouts left and just over a minute left in the game, the Seahawks tried to drive down the field for the game-winner. On fourth down, Russell Wilson tried to connect with a receiver downfield, but the pass was picked off and the Colts were able to run out the clock.
After a couple of kneel-downs from Luck the Seahawks walked off the field with their first loss of the season. Both teams are now 4-1, and Seattle will return to CenturyLink Field next week to host the 3-2 Tennessee Titans.