Bend, but don't break was truly the Indianapolis Colts' defense motto at Lucas Oil Stadium against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, Oct. 6.
Donald Brown carried in a touchdown from three yards out with 8:55 to go in the game, and the Colts rallied to defeat the Seahawks 34-28.
The win put the Colts in first place by itself in the AFC South at 4-1, while handing the Seahawks its first loss.
The Colts defense gave up a season high 423 yards of offense, and 100-yard rushing games to both Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson, but did not allow a touchdown in the second half.
Down 28-23, Andrew Luck led his team down the field on a 14-play drive, making several evasive throws against a high pressure Seahawks front line. After hitting Reggie Wayne for a 19-yard pass to the three-yard line, Brown would get the handoff up the middle and stepped over defenders on his way to the end zone.
Going for the two-point conversation, Luck would throw across his body to the left to find Wayne and give his team a 31-28 lead.
After a Adam Vinatieri field goal, Wilson found himself with a 4th-and-15 attempt with 1:31 to go. He attempted to throw to Sidney Rice, but Darius Butler undercut the pass and made the interception to seal the win.
Special teams provided early fireworks for both squads.
Pat McAfee had a punt blocked for the second time in his career, the ball went out of the end zone before Seattle could cover it, ending in a safety and an early 12-0 lead.
After cutting the deficit to 12-7, Lawrence Guy would block a field goal attempt in the second quarter and was returned by Delano Howell 61 yards to give the Colts the lead.
The Seahawks answered with a 12-play, 82-yard drive in which Wilson connected with a leaping Jermaine Kearse, who just stretched the ball over the goal line before touching his knee down short.
Seattle dominated the first half in nearly every category but the scoreboard. It outgained the Colts 272-117, and had a 144-29 advantage in the run game. Time of possession also was 9:20 in favor of Seattle as well.
Lynch carried 11 times for 76 yards in the first half, and Wilson added 54 yards on eight attempts.
Donald Brown led the Colts with 20 yards on two rushes, while Richardson had two yards on six carries.
Nearly two-thirds of the Colts offensive production in the first half came on Luck's 73-yard touchdown pass to T.Y. Hilton, who got behind the Seattle secondary and stayed in bounds. It was the longest touchdown pass in both Luck and Hilton's careers, respectively.
Hilton had a career high 140 yards receiving on five catches and two touchdowns.
Robert Mathis picked up his 100th career` sack on the half's final play when he stripped Wilson from behind. Erik Walden picked it up and attempted to run it back, but was also stripped from behind to end the half and deny Luck a chance for a heave downfield.
Mathis became the sixth player in NFL history to reach 100 sacks, and ended the game with two total for 9.5 this season, which leads the league this season.
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