INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - After another awful start that saw the Indianapolis Colts down 12 and heading in the wrong direction, the game turned on two plays.
Andrew Luck's career long TD pass to T.Y. Hilton, and the blocked field goal that Howell took for a touchdown, handing the Seattle Seahawks their first loss of the season, 34-28 Sunday.
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"It sparked us last week and this week,” Safety Antoine Bethea said. “Lawrence Guy getting the block and Delano scooping it up and taking it to the house, it sparked this team, and that's what we need. We need big plays in crucial times in the game."
Luck’s crucial TD pass came when the team was looking for a first down after coming up empty in their first three drives.
“Offensively when we're non-existent for a couple drives, we survive on the play of our defense keeping it close for us," Luck said. “Special teams creating a score, building momentum, getting the great crowd into it."
Linebacker Jerrell Freeman came up with a team-high 13 tackles.
“The schedule the last few weeks, we've been playing a lot of great teams. We're going to play one next week and the week after that. All the games are big man, it just feels good to get wins," he said.
The Colts were once again able to dig out of a big hole, something they’re becoming accustomed to.
"Yeh, we did, just to see the resilience of this team, just the fight in the team," said Donald Brown, who scored his first touchdown in nearly a year. “On paper, two very evenly matched teams, we knew it was going to be a 60-minute fight, and it was."
"We're playing every game like it's our last,” added back Trent Richardson. "It shows that with our leadership and our players, we don't take any team for granted. Don't get me wrong, that team is a really good ball team, but we're a real good ball team, too."
Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano was glowing in his praise for what’s becoming another special team.
"Character, resiliency, toughness, grit, never quit, belief, faith, I don't know what else to say about these guys. We've got something special," Pagano said.
So the Colts open the toughest four-games on their schedule with an impressive win, proving to the rest of the NFL that this is a team to be reckoned with.
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