INDIANAPOLIS — True grit.
If Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano is to be believed, that particular character trait was a big component in his team’s 34-28 come-from-behind win over previously undefeated Seattle Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Indianapolis trailed the entire first half and for most of the final two quarters. It took a 3-yard touchdown run by Donald Brown -- along with a 2-point conversion pass from Andrew Luck to Reggie Wayne -- with 8:55 remaining in the game gave the Colts a 31-28 lead.
Throw in some hard-nosed defense on the last two Seahawks’ possessions of the game, which culminated in a Darius Butler interception of a Russell Wilson pass with 1:23 left on the clock, and Indianapolis was able to come away with its fourth win of the season.
“Obviously a huge win. A lot of credit to the Seattle Seahawks team. They’re an outstanding football team in all three phases. We knew this was going to be a heavyweight fight. Fifteen rounds,” an elated Pagano said afterward.
“We talked about staying the course, sticking to the process. We knew that they were going to make plays. We were going to make some plays. [The game] didn’t start off the way we wanted it to start out. But the guys just hung in.”
Did they ever.
With Luck having perhaps his best overall game of the season and wide receiver T.Y. Hilton seemingly always open, the Colts stayed within striking distance for most of the day.
Luck wound up completing 16-of-29 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns. Hilton hauled in five passes of a career-best 140 yards and both TDs. He had touchdown receptions of 73 and 29 yards against what is arguably the best secondary in the National Football League.
The win was the ninth fourth-quarter comeback led by Luck during his relatively brief NFL career. He tied former Arizona and Denver quarterback Jake Plummer for the most fourth-quarter comebacks during the first two years of their professional careers.