Rapid Reaction: Indianapolis Colts
October, 6, 2013
By Mike Wells | ESPN.com
INDIANAPOLIS -- A few thoughts on the Indianapolis Colts' 34-28 victory against the Seattle Seahawks:
What it means: Indianapolis’ Andrew Luck and Seattle’s Russell Wilson, the two best quarterbacks in the 2012 draft, didn’t disappoint. Wilson was creative with his arm and also with his feet, giving the Colts headaches all day. But in the end, it was Luck, the best quarterback taken since Peyton Manning in 1998, who made the necessary plays to send the Seahawks to their first loss of the season. Luck shook off three straight three-and-out possessions to open the game, leading the Colts on three scoring drives in the second half to help make up for a 19-17 halftime deficit. Luck was 11-of-16 for 132 yards and a touchdown in the second half. Wilson finished with 15-of-31 for 210 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
Stock watch: Receiver T.Y. Hilton was the lucky one on the other end of Luck’s passes. The second-year receiver caught five passes for a career-high 140 yards and two touchdowns. Hilton caught a 73-yard touchdown pass from Luck in the first half, giving him four touchdowns of at least 60 yards in his short career. Only Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson has more touchdowns of at least 60 yards since 2012. He has six.
Mathis gets 100: Colts linebacker Robert Mathis became the 30th player in league history to get 100 sacks when he sacked and stripped Wilson on the final play of the first half. Mathis, who has been out to prove he can be effective without playing alongside former Colts star pass-rusher Dwight Freeney, finished with two sacks, giving him 9.5 this season.
What’s next: The Colts head out west for the second time this season when they play at San Diego on Oct. 14 in their lone Monday night game of the season.