The Seahawks lost to Andrew Luck and the Colts on Sunday in incredibly frustrating manner, even after jumping out to a 12-0 lead with what seemed to be total control of the game. Seattle, despite dominating early, allowed the Colts to stick around and chip their way back into it. This started with a blocked field goal attempt that went for an Indianapolis touchdown, was helped later by some blown assignments on defense, then late defensive meltdowns and Andrew-Luck-brilliance and were outscored 11-0 in the fourth quarter on the way to a 34-28 final score. The Hawks record goes to 4-1 and they face the Titans next week at home.
The key play of the game was probably that blocked field goal attempt, but Seattle had no answer for Luck and T.Y. Hilton, and the speedy receiver racked up five catches for 140 yards and two touchdowns. This game had shades of last year's Detroit matchup where Titus Young sliced up the L.O.B. on the way to a Seattle loss.
Luck finished 16 of 29 after an extremely shaky start, passing for two touchdowns and no picks. Trent Richardson rushed 18 times for 56 yards - at 3.1 yards per carry - and Donald Brown actually looked more effective in a back up role, carrying 6 times for 37 yards with a TD.
On offense, Seattle started off strong but their effectiveness on third downs and in the redzone was atrocious. Russell Wilson finished 15 of 31 (a terrible percentage especially considering he had several damaging overthrows) for 210 yards passing with two touchdowns and a game-ending pick, and he added 102 yards on the ground, mostly on scrambles. However, the Hawks finished 2-of-12 on third down and traded field goals for touchdowns with the Colts as they allowed Indy to first get back into the game and then eventually take a lead they'd never surrender. Indianapolis did a nice job with the no-huddle and got Seattle stuck in a few personnel groupings that allowed the Colts to move downfield. All in all, seemed like Pep Hamilton did a good job of putting together an effective game plan to beat Seattle's defense.
Andrew Luck looked spectacular in the fourth quarter and carried the Colts on his back, carving up the Seahawks' secondary with the help of a few well-timed and questionable pass interference calls. Despite these calls, Seattle really did nothing with the opportunities they were given to close the game out or stop the Colts late in the game - Golden Tate had a few big drops, Sidney Rice did pretty much nothing with his targets, the secondary had several bad miscommunications or just missed assignments that led to huge Indy gains, Michael Bennett missed a key tackle late that allowed the Colts to keep driving, and overall, as a team, Seattle just did not do enough to win this game.
Credit to Indianapolis for doing what we've grown accustomed to seeing the Hawks do - take advantage of these types of things late in a game to come out on top.
The Seahawks did manage to get out of Indianapolis with no major injuries. So that's nice.