Although the Hawks played well all four quarters of their game against the Colts this Sunday, they were unable to leave Lucas Oil Stadium with a victory. It was a hard fought battle, both teams played exceptionally well. Unfortunately the Hawks lost as a result of two broken plays, a missed opportunity, and their failure to convert drives into touchdowns instead of field goals.
The Hawks came out firing, scoring 12 unanswered points to begin the game. Following their 12-0 run, Colts QB Andrew Luck connected with WR T.Y. Hilton for a 73 yard passing touchdown on a blown zone coverage scheme. On the play, the Hawks secondary broke down and let Hilton run free behind Hawks Safety Earl Thomas. After the Colts first touchdown, the Seahawks got the ball back and drove the ball to the Colts 30 yard line. Hawks K Steven Hauschka then attempted a 48 yard field goal; the kick was blocked and returned for a 61 yard Colts TD. These two crucial plays altered the score significantly and resulted in a huge moment shift.
Unfortunately the Hawks only found the end zone twice on Sunday. With 4 field goals, Hauschka was able to keep them in it, but ultimately their inability to score TDs played a huge role in handing them their first loss.The Hawks Offensive line also struggled. The Hawks couldn’t stop the Colts’ pass rush, but QB Russell Wilson was able to hold his own. Wilson scrambled out of the pocket on several occasions Sunday, rushing for 102 yards on 13 carries. Without Wilson’s ability to extend plays with his feet, I doubt the Seahawks would have even remained in contention. Despite their challenges pass blocking however, the O-line was extremely successful in creating running lanes for Hawks’ RB Marshawn Lynch. Lynch ran for 102 yards as well, on 17 carries, averaging 6 yards a carry. Gaining yards on the ground was no problem for the Hawks; they had a team total of 218 against the Colts.
Despite their loss, WR Jermaine Kearse stood out as the Hawks home run hitter. Kearse had two huge plays on Sunday that accounted for 8 of the Hawks 28 points. Kearse blocked a punt that led to a Colts’ safety and made the most of his single target by scoring a TD on a 28 yard pass. Kearse’s performance could not however lead the Hawks to victory.
Their failure to capitalize and two sloppy plays sadly define last week’s game for the Hawks. The Hawks played well, but couldn’t do enough to overcome debatably poor officiating and a good Colts team. Somehow, the outcome of the game just doesn’t seem to justify how they game was played.