The Colts did not take advantage of the fumble-forcing sack, however, as WR Reggie Wayne dropped Manning’s second-down pass and rookie LB Aaron Curry wrapped up and dropped RB Joseph Addai after a 2-yard gain.
The Colts used a 22-yard punt return to get to the Seahawks 48, setting up a 37-yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri midway through the quarter. The key play, of course, was a Manning pass – this one an 18-yarder to Reggie Wayne on third-and-7.
And the Colts weren’t done. On third-and-7, DE Robert Mathis got to Wallace for a fumble-forcing sack and DE Raheem Brock recovered at the Seahawks 5. After SS Deon Grant broke up Manning’s third-down pass to TE Dallas Clark in the end zone, Vinatieri kicked a 19-yard field goal to make it 34-3.
But the Seahawks weren’t done, either, as Wallace scored on a 7-yard run to cap a 10-play, 70-yard drive. Wallace was 7 of 9 on the drive, none bigger than his 12-yard pass to TE John Carlson on fourth-and-2. He also hooked up with Houshmandzadeh for a 15-yard play on third-and-8.
Jordan Babineaux then recovered Mare’s onside kick to give the Seahawks another chance, and they didn’t waste it as Wallace passed 1 yards to FB Owen Schmitt. Wallace also passed to Houshmandzadeh (14 yards) and Deon Branch (13) to get the ball to the Colts 10. A pass interference penalty on third down gave the Seahawks the ball at the 1, setting up the score.