But as good as Luck and Hilton were, it was Seattle’s offense -- led by second-year quarterback Russell Wilson, running back Marshawn Lynch as well as receivers Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin and Sidney Rice -- that did the damage early on.
Wilson connected on 15-of-31 passes for 210 yards for a pair a touchdowns to Tate and backup receiver Jermaine Kearse. He also proved elusive with his legs, scrambling for 102 yards on 13 carries, as he managed to keep drive alive. Lynch also had 102 yards on the ground on 17 rushing attempts.
Seattle also scored on four field goals by placekicker Steven Hauschka from 42, 36, 41 and 46 yards out.
Hauschka’s second field goal attempt of the day, from 48 yards, was blocked by Colts defensive end Lawrence Guy and returned 61 yards for a touchdown by safety Delano Howell. It was the first blocked field goal and returned for a touchdown by Indianapolis since 2004.
The Seahawks’ had taken a 12-0 lead late in the first quarter when Kearse blocked a Pat McAfee punt attempt and the ball rolled out of the back of the end zone before it could be recovered for a touchdown.
It had initially appeared as if Seattle’s Jeron Johnson had recovered the ball before the ball went out of bound for a touchdown. But a video replay was ruled inconclusive by game officials.
Indianapolis’ Adam Vinatieri made both of his field goal attempts, hitting from 41 and 49 yards out. Vinatieri’s last kick came with 1:55 left in the game and put the Colts on top by six points, negating a potential last ditch Seattle drive for a tying field goal.
“We knew this [game] was going to [be decided] in the fourth quarter,” Pagano admitted. “[Seattle] had out-scored their opponents 44-7 in the fourth quarter [in their first four games]. We knew if we just got it close. This is just the most resilient team that I’ve ever been around.