A recap of the Seahawks’ 34-17 loss to the Colts in Indianapolis on Sunday:
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Peyton Manning. The Colts quarterback is off to a MVP start for his undefeated team, having passed for at least 300 yards in all four games. Sunday was no exception. Manning completed 31 of 41 passes for 353 yards, and was 17 of 20 for 220 yards while passing the Colts to a 21-3 halftime lead.
He threw TD passes to Reggie Wayne (5 yards) and Austin Collie (21), and his passing set up TD runs by Donald Brown (1 yard) and Joseph Addai (12).
“The guy is a great one,” Seahawks coach Jim Mora said. “There’s not a lot you can do when he’s hot like that.”
PLAYS OF THE GAME
Offense: Manning’s 21-yard TD pass to Collie. The Colts QB saw that Collie was being covered by fill-in nickel back Travis Fisher, so he went to him – and Collie made a falling grab of a well-thrown pass in the end zone. That made it 21-3 just before halftime.
Defense: The one play where the Seahawks finally got Manning – an interception by cornerback Ken Lucas on a pass where Manning threw one way and Wayne went the other. The offense could not take advantage of the turnover, but at least the defense stopped the Colts on that possession.
Special teams: When the Colts overloaded to the right side anticipating Olindo Mare’s onside kick after the Seahawks’ touchdown in the fourth quarter, the veteran kicker went to the left side and safety Jordan Babineaux eventually recovered the bouncing ball at the Seahawks 46-yard line. Eight plays later, the Seahawks scored on Seneca Wallace’s 1-yard pass to fullback Owen Schmitt.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the Seahawks came out with shares of pink – the official color of the movement. Wide receivers Deion Branch and T.J. Houshmandzadeh had pink on their shoes and their gloves. Tight end John Owen and rookie QB Mike Teel were wearing pink wristbands, while Wallace and running back Edgerrin James opted for a single pink wrist band. Defensive end Darryl Tapp had pink fingers on his gloves.
After the Colts’ second touchdown drive – a 90-yarder – defensive coordinator Gus Bradley gathered his players around him and launched into an impassioned sideline speech.
“He was speaking passionately and yet positively,” Mora said. “What Gus was saying was, ‘If we do our jobs, if all 11 of us just do our jobs on every single play, then we’re going to give ourselves a chance to make some plays. If you off just a little bit and you’re not exact, a guy like this is going to make you pay.’ ”
The player with the most reporters gathered around his cubicle in the Seahawks’ locker room? Lofa Tatupu, who had 11 tackles? Houshmandzadeh, who finished with eight receptions for 103 yards? Wallace, who refused to quit in rallying the team to two fourth-quarter touchdowns?
No, it was James, who began his career with the Colts and obviously is not forgotten. James ran the ball four times for 16 yards and also caught a 6-yard pass. Each time, he was greeted by applause and cheers from the crowd of 66,112.
Left guard Rob Sims started the game, despite having a strained oblique. But he left in the second quarter with a sprained left ankle and was replaced by Mansfield Wrotto. Sims will have additional tests Monday to determine the extent of the injury and how long he might be sidelined.
Defensive end Patrick Kerney left the game in the middle of the second half with a pull groin. He’s also scheduled for additional tests Monday. Tapp replaced Kerney at right end.
YOU DON’T SAY
“There’s no quit in this team. There really isn’t. There’s a determination in that room. There’s not one guy in there that will back away from a challenge. It’s just not part of our character.” – Mora