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Monday, October 7, 2013

Luck rallies Colts to a 4th quarter victory over Seattle

After barely escaping Week 1 with a victory over Oakland, a week 2 loss at home, and losing 3 of its offensive starters to injuries, the Colts looked to be in real trouble after 2 weeks of football. But then, Andrew Luck and Indianapolis turned it around by winning three straight games, two of them against NFC powerhouses San Francisco and Seattle. The latter, coming as inexplicably for the Seahawks as their comeback win in Houston was a week ago.

The Russell Wilson led Seahawks came into Indianapolis as the favorite to win; and for three straight quarters, it looked as though they would live up to that expectation as Seattle jumped on the Colts quickly, leading 12-0 when barely ten minutes had passed in the game. It seemed that the Colts may very well had run out of "luck", and would fall to Seattle at home as the Seahawks never relinquished their lead through the first three quarters of play; and then it happened.

Andrew Luck rallied the Colts for two touchdowns in the fourth quarter that would give Indianapolis the lead. They would hold on to win 34-28 against the Seahawks, a team favored to attend the Superbowl festivities this year. The win would mark the 9th time that Luck has had a comeback win in his first 21 games in the league. Despite the fact that Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson both rushed for over 100 yards didn't phase him; the fact that three offensive starters were out with injuries didn't bother him; the fact that his team found themselves in a 12-0 hole in the first quarter didn't shake his confidence. In the end, Luck found a way to win the game.
"A win is a win, if it was ugly, if it was great," Luck said. "To come back, you hold on for dear life, but a chance to beat a good team in front of our home fans, to get back on track at home, we take a lot of pride in that."

Seattle was left scratching its head, wondering how they let this one slip away. Last week they went into Houston and engineered a stunning come from behind victory against a playoff-caliber team on the road; this week, they let a lead in the fourth quarter slip away against another playoff-caliber team. This helter skelter role reversal left Seahawk head coach Pete Carroll shaking his head at the missed opportunity.
"We knew we were off to a good start," Carroll said. "We could feel that we were ready to go and playing well and all that. But settling for a field goal and not getting any points on the(first quarter)blocked kick -- that would have been a much different margin."

Now the (4-1) Seahawks will welcome in the (3-2) Tennessee Titans next week at Century Link, a team that has been playing well overall this season, but are coming off a nasty loss to the red hot Kansas City Chiefs, who remain unbeaten this season. The sting of this loss won't be lost on Seattle, and in front of the NFL's loudest fans, they intend to take care of business against the Titans. They'll need to do just that to protect their position as the definitive leaders in the NFC West. 


Keith Ishii 

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