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Seahawks fall to 4-1
INDIANAPOLIS – Done in in the third quarter, and on third downs.
That’s as good a place as any to explain the Seahawks’ first loss of the season – 34-28 to the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday.
The Colts took their first lead in the fourth quarter, on a drive that was fueled by third down conversions and ended with Donald Brown scoring on a 3-yard run. Andrew Luck passed to Reggie Wayne for the two-point conversion Adam Venatieri kicked a 49-yard field and the Seahawks’ unbeaten start had come to an abrupt end.
The loss dropped the Seahawks to 4-1 after the first 4-0 start in franchise history, and also snapped a nine-game regular-season win streak that began last season.
The Seahawks play at CenturyLink Field next Sunday for the only time in October, when they host the Tennessee Titans. Then it’s back on the road for primetime games against NFC West rivals – the Cardinals on Thursday night Oct. 17 in Arizona; then the Rams on Monday night Oct. 28 in St. Louis.
The Colts took their first lead, 31-28, on Brown’s 3-yard TD run and Luck’s pass to Wayne for the two-point conversion with 8:55 left in the quarter. The 86-yard, 14-play drive that began at the end of the third quarter included three third-down conversions – one on a pass interference penalty against Richard Sherman on third-and-10; another on Luck’s 12-yard pass to T.Y. Hilton on third-and-8; and the last on Luck’s 5-yard pass to Wayne on third-and-4. The Seahawks had on last chance, but Darius Butler intercepted Russell Wilson’s fourth-down pass.
Luck was 5 of 7 for 49 yards on the drive to the go-ahead TD, then added the two-pointer on the PAT.
The first quarter was all Seahawks, until the very end.
The Seahawks’ defense held the Colts to not only a three-and-out but zero yards on the game’s opening possession and Steven Hauschka then kicked a 42-yard field goal to give the Seahawks a 3-0 lead with 11:40 left in the quarter. Marshawn Lynch had a 24-yard run on the drive-opening play to the Colts’ 28 and then a 9-yarder on third-and-15 to get Hauschka close enough.
That worked so well that the defense forced another three-and-out and the Seahawks then drove 64 yards in eight plays to a 10-yard TD pass from Russell Wilson to Golden Tate with 6:14 left. Lynch also started that drive with a 19-yard run, while Wilson was 2 of 2 for 22 yards and ran once for 11 yards.
That’s when the Colts struck, and did it quickly, on a 73-yard TD pass from Andrew Luck to T.Y. Hilton, who was wide open at the Seahawks’ 37 and got around Earl Thomas to get into the end zone to make it 12-7 with 1:04 left.
Lynch had 55 yards in the quarter, including the long runs to kick off each of the scoring drives.
The Colts took the lead in the second quarter when Lawrence Guy blocked Steven Hauschka’s 48-yard field goal attempt and Delano Howell returned it 61 yards for a touchdown.
But, the Seahawks came right back and drove 82 yards in 12 plays to Jermaine Kearse’s impressive grab of a Russell Wilson for a 28-yard TD that made it 19-14 with 5:57 left in the half. The second-year wide receiver went over Vontae Davis to get the pass from Wilson, came down with a foot on the 3-yard line and then reached out to get the score. Wilson completed three passes for 56 yards and ran twice for 8 yards – including 5-yard scramble on fourth-and-3.
The Colts ended the half by driving 58 yards in 11 plays to a 41-yard field goal by Adam Venatieri with 58 seconds to play.
Bruce Irvin, in his first game back after serving a four-game suspension, sacked Luck for a 9-yard loss.
The Seahawks took the kickoff to open the second half and drove 62 yards in nine plays to a 36-yard field goal by Steven Hauschka. Marshawn Lynch opened the possession with an 18-yard run and Russell Wilson extended it with a 14-yard run on third-and-9. Wilson completed only 1 of 4 passes, but it was a 27-yarder to Doug Baldwin.
The Seahawks got the ball back when Chris Clemons slapped the ball from the grasp of Andrew Luck and Cliff Avril recovered the sack-forced fumble at the Colts’ 30. Hauschka took advantage of the big defensive play by kicking a 41-yard field goal that made it 25-17 with 8:12 left in the quarter.
The Colts came right back, driving 80 yards in 10 plays to Luck’s 29-yard TD pass to T.Y. Hilton. But the pass for the two-point PAT was incomplete, making it 25-23 with 4:16 left. Luck was 4 of 6 for 58 yards.