NFL Nation: 2013 Week 5 SEA at IND Rapid Reaction

Rapid Reaction: Indianapolis Colts

October, 6, 2013

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.

Rapid Reaction: Seattle Seahawks

October, 6, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS -- A few thoughts on the Seattle Seahawks' 34-28 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium:

What it means: Seattle loses for the first time this season and gives up the most points this season. The Seahawks pulled off come-from-behind wins in their first two road games, but it was the Colts who came back in this one after trailing 28-23 entering the fourth quarter.

Stock watch: The Seattle running game was outstanding most of the day with 194 yards after three quarters, including 100 by Marshawn Lynch. But the Seahawks couldn’t get it done in the fourth quarter when they needed it. And the Seattle defense couldn’t get the Colts off the field when Indianapolis had an 86-yard touchdown drive and a 49-yard field goal on its last two possessions before running the clock out at the end.

Kearse shines in the first half: Wide receiver Jermaine Kearse blocked a punt that became a Seahawks safety in the first quarter. Kearse also made a spectacular leaping catch on the sideline near the goal line and managed to stay in bounds as he reached to hit the pylon for a 28-yard touchdown.

Bad clock management: The Seahawks were out of timeouts with 8:55 to go in the fourth quarter. Not good in a close game.

What’s next: After back-to-back road games, the Seahawks return home to play the Tennessee Titans at CenturyLink Field. Seattle has won 10 consecutive regular-season games at the Clink.