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NFL Team Report - Indianapolis Colts - INSIDE SLANT
The Colts fell behind by 12 points, had a punt blocked for a safety and gave up 423 yards, yet rallied for a 34-28 victory on Sunday that also gave the Seahawks their first loss of the season.
"Guys keep fighting," Colts quarterback Andrew Luck said. "It's been that way since I've been here."
Luck passed for 229 yards and two touchdowns, T.Y. Hilton caught five passes for a career-high 140 yards and two scores and Reggie Wayne had six catches for 65 yards for the Colts (4-1).
It was Luck's ninth fourth-quarter comeback victory in just 21 regular-season starts. He ripped Seattle's vaunted secondary in the second half, completing 11 of 16 passes for 132 yards.
"That's Andrew being Andrew," Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. "We're very lucky, no pun intended, to have him."
The Seahawks struck first on a 42-yard field goal by Steven Hauschka in the first quarter.
On their next possession, they used Marshawn Lynch's running to set up a 10-yard touchdown pass from Wilson to Golden Tate that gave Seattle a 10-0 lead with 6:14 left in the first quarter.
On the Colts' next possession, Jermaine Kearse blocked Pat McAfee's punt. Jeron Johnson couldn't quite get possession of the ball before he slid out of the end zone, so it was ruled a safety.
"Our blocked punt for a touchdown not being seen that way was a huge swing," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. "He had the ball to his chest. They just had to overturn the call, but they did not."
The Colts finally got rolling. They finally got a first down, drawing a cheer from the crowd. On the next play, Luck found Hilton for a 73-yard touchdown pass. Hilton split two defenders, caught the ball, stopped and cut back inside to make it a game again.
Seattle threatened again, but Lawrence Guy blocked Hauschka's 48-yard field-goal attempt and Delano Howell ran it back 61 yards for a touchdown to give the Colts a 14-12 lead 13:06 left in the second quarter.
"It sure felt like a lot more than 12 points," Luck said of the deficit. "You look up at the scoreboard, and it's 14-12, and we're up. It didn't feel like we were up."
Kearse caught an acrobatic 28-yard touchdown pass from Wilson, and the Seahawks regained the lead at 19-14. Vinatieri responded with a 41-yard field goal to close the scoring in the first half. The field goal helped put the Colts in position to do what they've become known for -- winning tight games in the second half.
"Nobody's built, I don't think, nobody's built better to win these close games, especially down the stretch, especially in the fourth quarter, than this team," Pagano said.
NFL Team Report - Indianapolis Colts - NOTES, QUOTES
The Colts were behind 12-0 and allowed Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson to pass for 210 yards and run for 102, yet they found a way to win. "This is the most resilient team that I've ever been around," coach Chuck Pagano said. "They've got more grit than any team I've ever been around."
--The Colts can run the ball when they need to. Trent Richardson ran six times for two yards in the first half Sunday, but finished with 56 yards on 18 attempts. Indianapolis has rushed for more than 100 yards in each of its first five games for the first time since 1988.
Pagano maintained what he said late last week -- Richardson will have a bust-out performance soon.
-- The Colts opened the season with four straight 100-yard rushing games as a team for the first times since 1988.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "We survived on the play of our defense keeping it close for us. Special teams creating a score, building momentum, getting a great crowd into it." -- Quarterback Andrew Luck on Sunday's victory over Seattle.
NFL Team Report - Indianapolis Colts - STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
--RB Ahmad Bradshaw is out at least two weeks. He is considering season-ending neck surgery, though the severity of his injury remains unclear.
Bradshaw has been out since he was injury Sept. 22 at San Francisco.
"Ahmad has seen several specialists, collected a lot of information," coach Chuck Pagano said Friday. "He's going to take the next couple of weeks to decide where he's going to go with this (neck injury). I don't know ultimately where that is. It will be up the Ahmad and doctors to come up with a final decision with what's going to transpire.
"It's a matter of calming things down, taking time to figure out where we are and to make the right decision. Ultimately, it's what is best for Ahmad."
The Colts signed the 27-year-old Bradshaw to a one-year deal in June. Because of durability questions -- Bradshaw had multiple foot surgeries as a member of the New York Giants -- his deal is laden with incentives.
Trent Richardson, acquired from the Cleveland Browns, and backup Donald Brown are the two primary ballcarriers. The team also has fullback Robert Hughes in the backfield.
--S LaRon Landry missed the Seattle game with an ankle injury
--LB Robert Mathis recorded his 100th career sack on the final play of the first half.
--Along with Bradshaw and Landry, the Colts' other inactives were: FB Stanley Havili, OL Xavier Nixon, LB Bjoern Werner, DT Montori Hughes, DT Ricky Jean Francois.