INDIANAPOLIS — Is it too easy to say Luck was on the Colts’ side?
The Seattle Seahawks suffered their first loss of the season Sunday in Indianapolis against a more than competent Andrew Luck and a fast-paced Colts offense, failing to get in the end zone in the second half and falling to the Colts, 34-28.
The loss marks the first time the Hawks didn’t come out on top since last year’s playoff loss against the Atlanta Falcons.
In a match-up that was billed as a tale of two sophomore quarterbacks, both Luck and Russell Wilson held up to the hype. Wilson went 15-for-31 with two touchdowns and a last-second interception to seal the defeat with 1:30 left in the game. He helped the team with his legs, too, rushing for 102 yards on 13 carries. Marshawn Lynch came forward with his first 100-yard rushing game of the season, running for 102 yards on 17 carries.
But in the end, it wasn’t enough to stop the top pick in the 2012 draft. Luck started slow on a couple of three-and-outs, but heated after a 73-yard bomb to T.Y. Hilton with 1:04 left in the first quarter. The touchdown passes kept coming, as Luck went 16-for-29 with 229 yards passing and two touchdowns.
In the end, it was the Hawks’ famed secondary, the Legion of Boom, that couldn’t hold the star quarterback. The defensive front played well, with star rushing back Trent Richardson gaining only 56 yards on 18 carries.
All-in-all, it was an even game, with first downs, total plays and time of possession just slightly favoring the Hawks. Steven Hauschka, the Hawks field goal kicker, nailed four field goals, with his longest coming from 42 yards out.
Special teams play saw a lot of action early, with the Hawks scoring a safety on a blocked punt with 4:53 left in the first quarter, and the Colts taking it to the house on a blocked field goal.
Hawks’ Coach Pete Carroll said it was the team’s inability to close out drives that really hurt the team’s chances.
“Not closing out drives and taking field goals was a big difference today,” Carroll said.
The Hawks head home to face the surprising 3-2 Tennessee Titans Oct. 13 at CenturyLink Field.
Live Updates from the game
[1:17] — Seattle has no timeouts left and get the ball on their own 20. Need a touchdown to win the game. Wilson gets across the 40-yardline. Big chunk of yards to start the game.
[1:15] — Adam Vinatieri is going to attempt a 48-yard field goal. It’s good. To put the colts up by six with 1:55 left to go in the game. Wilson has plenty of time.
[1:09] —Reggie Wayne on Walter Thurmond, and the Colts have the ball at the 50 yard line. Legion of Boom needs some stops here as we come to the 5-minute mark.
[1:04] — Colts stop WIlson to the outside. Hawks are forced to punt with 6:50 left in the game. Colts will take over at their own 27.
[12:57] — Colts come up with the TD to put the Colts up 29-28 with 8:55 left to go. Seahawks lose their last time out of the game. Indy completes the two point conversion to put them up 31-28. Could come down to the wire here…
[12:56] — Colts have first and goal. Reggie Wayne gets the gall on the third. Colts look to take the lead.
[12:43] — Colts and Luck are driving with 13 minutes left in the game. A 13 yard game puts them into Hawks territory. T.Y. Hilton has 128 yards on four catches.
[12:36] — Hauschka hits a 46-yard field goal to put the Hawks up 28-23 with 35 seconds left in the third quarter.
[12:33] — Oh yeah. Russell goes deep to Doub Baldwin for a 27-yard pass to put the Hawks on the Colts’ 34-yardline.
[12:31] — Hawks face a loud 2nd and 11 versus the Colts, who bring the blitz. Lynch gets a six yard gain to put the Hawks at 3rd and 5. Lets see what goes down.
[12:25] — Can certainly see why luck was drafted number one. Goes deep to T. HIlton for 29 yards for the touchdown. Colts look to go for 2. A late flag comes in. A REALLY late flag. Extra point is no good. Hawks lead the Colts 25-23 with 4:16 left in the third.
[12:20] — Richardson stuffed for not much gain. Colts looking to score for the first time in the second half.
[12:13] — Seattle attempts another Steven Hauschka field goal. Hauschka good from 41 yards out. Puts the Hawks up 25-17 after the turnover.
[12:11] — Chris Clemons strips Luck of the ball and Seahawks come up with it. #GoHawks #12thMan. Seattle forced 13 turnovers coming into this game, the second in the league.
[12:08] — Richardson finally gets a big run, goes about 20 yards. Hawks have been doing a good job of of containing him.
[12:04] — Russell Wilson goes incomplete from their own 18. Wilson goes incomplete and Hauschka has to come out and kick a field goal to put the Hawks up 23-17 with 11:18 left in the third quarter.
[12:02 p.m.] — Wilson scrambles for 14 yards and a first down on 3rd and nine. Again keeps the game going with his legs.
[11:57] — Wilson looking solid so far, 10-for-18 with 155 yards and a quarterback rating of 121.3. What do you think of his game so far?
[11:56] — Seahawks take over the ball to start the third quarter on their own 20. Lynch breaks way for about 18 yards. Lynch looking for his first hundred yard game of the season.
Seahawks lead the Colts 19-17 at the end of the first half
[11:41] — Seahawks looking to go for it on fourth an 9 with ten seconds left. They have some timeouts left. Wilson fumbles, but gets the ball back. How about that first half?
[11:35] — Golden Tate gets to nearly the 50-yard mark with two timeouts left. Looking to score before the half, here.
[11:32] — Luck has some time, but Richard Sherman holds them. Field goal from the Colts good, and with halftime a minute away, the Hawks lead the Colts 19-17.
[11:25] — Colts are driving here. Luck gets out of some pressure and completes a 29-yard pass to T. Hilton for a 13 yard gain.
[11:19] — Bruce Irvin with pressure from the outside and sacks Andrew Luck. Again, good to have the tall guy back. Back in form right away.
[11:11] — TOUCHDOWN SEAHAWKS. Wilson to J. Kearse for a 28-yard score. Hawks go up 19-14 with 5:57 left in the 2nd quarter. Hawks down for a while, but come back quick. We got a pretty exciting game here, Hawks fans.
[11:09] — Hawks go on fourth down and Russell Wilson picks up the first down. Gets hit from behind but gets up quick. Is there any fourth down he can’t make?
[11:05] — That was a push? Golden Tate called for offensive pass interference. Yeah, right. Turbin takes the ball about six yards.
[11:03] — Lynch takes the ball at the read option, gets out the first down near the Seahawks’ 30.
[10:57] — OK. We’ve had a bit of a turn in events here. Colts block a field goal and take it to the house to go up 14-12 with 14:26 left in the first half. Have you ever seen a game switch so quick?
[10:55] 2nd Quarter — Hawks get the ball on the Colts 35 to start the 2nd quarter. Lynch has 55 yards on seven carries, and is averaging 7.9 yards per carry.
[10:51] — Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times comments that those are the first points the Hawks have allowed in the first quarter all season. Wilson goes scrambling to get the Hawks in Colts territory to end the first quarter.
[10:46] — That was fast. Luck goes deep to Hilton on a 73-yard touchdown pass. Left wide open back there. Hawks lead 12-7 with 1:04 left in the first. Career long catch from T.Y. Hilton. Career Long for Luck, too. We have ourselves a football game.
[10:44] — Colts haven’t gotten a first down yet with 1:54 left in the first quarter. Looks like thy pick up one here, but still. It took them awhile.
[10:37] — Golden Tate fumbles the ball on the free quick, but the Hawks recover. Hawks get the ball on their own 43.
[10:36] — Ruling on the field stands. It’s a safety. The Hawks will get the ball back up 12-0.
[10:33] — Blocked punt and a safety for the Hawks! Looks like the Hawks will go up 12-0 in the first. #Hawks firing on all cylinders early. #GoHawks
[10:28] — Andrew Luck has a short pass to Brown for a 3-yard-gain. Great defense early from the Hawks. Colts are still yet to pickup a third down.
[10:24] — TOUCHDOOWWN Seahawks! Wilson on a 10 yard pass to Golden Tate to put the Hawks up 10-0 with 6:14 left in the 1st quarter.
[10:20] — Golden Tate with a nice spin move to get the first down. Hawks have the ball on the Colts’ 20 and are moving quick. Lynch is a wide out. Wilson gets to the outside and within the 10 yardline.
[10:19] — Lynch with another long run. Doesn’t look like a patchwork defensive line. First and 10 on the Colts’ 35.
[10:18] — Marshawn Lynch gets to the outside for 19 yards. Looking strong and on pace to get his first 100 yard game. It’s early, I got to keep reminding myself of this.
[10:15] — Colts aren’t clicking yet and go 3-and-out. Tate takes the ball out near the 40.
[10:13] — Colts get the ball on their own 18 and stuff Richardson at a one-yard gain. Hawks are doing a good job at stopping Richardson in the first two possessions early.
[10:09] — Hawks face a long 3rd and 15. Puts them in field goal range and Steven Hauschka puts it through to put the Hawks up 3-0 with 12:04 left in the first.
[10:07] — Marshawn Lynch with a big carry right off the bat. 24-yard gain to go into Colts territory.
[10:06] — Colts go 3-and-out on their first possession. Russell Wilson gets the ball on their own 48. Colts fans are loud, trying to replicate our 12th man pressure.
[10:05] — Bruce Irvin with his first tackle of the season. Comes and gets Trent Richardson behind the line. Good to have him back.
[10 a.m.] — Kickoff! Here we go. Hawks won the toss and choose to defer. Colts will take over on their own 18. #GoHawks #LOUDEr #SEAvsIND