Oct 6, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman (50) sacks Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) during the first half at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports
Indianapolis, IN – The Colts faced one of the best teams in the NFL this afternoon, and made yet another huge statement to the rest of the NFL. Despite Russell Wilson putting up 312 yards of total offense by himself, they held on to beat the Seahawks by the final score of 34-28.
Andrew Luck played a masterful game, going 16/29 for 229 yards and two touchdowns. He did not turn the football over once, and did an admirable job of keeping the Seahawks’ defense from making a big impact in the game. There is no doubt that the comfort level with Luck is becoming much better and he continues to take care of the football.
Trent Richardson and Donald Brown had good games on the ground for the Colts as well. Richardson carried the football 18 times for 56 yards, while Donald Browns rushed for 37 yards on just 6 carries with a touchdown to go along with them. The Seattle defense is one of the toughest to run the football against, so piling up 109 total yards as a team on the ground was a big bonus to the Indianapolis offensive attack.
T.Y. Hilton had a monster performance this afternoon, catching five passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns. When he’s able to step up in a big way, the Colts have a deep threat that not many defenses can handle. Reggie Wayne caught six passes for 65 yards as well, and came up clutch down the stretch with a couple big catches.
Russell Wilson had a big day for Seattle, passing for 210 yards and two touchdowns. He was also able to shred the Colts defense with his legs, rushing for 102 yards on 12 attempts. Despite the loss, Wilson is showing growth as well in his decision making. Marshawn Lynch carried the football 17 times for 102 yards as well.
The Colts got off to an incredibly rough start, going down 12-0 on a blocked punt that turned into a safety. After a 73-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Luck to Hilton, and a 61-yard touchdown return off of a blocked field goal, the Colts regained their confidence and played a very even game with the Seahawks the rest of the way.
The Colts move to 4-1 on the season, and have proven a point that they talked about this past off-season. They believe that they are capable of challenging for a Super Bowl appearance, and after beating both the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks, they certainly have made that belief a reality.