INDIANAPOLIS — The Seahawks finally got off to a good start. It was the end that was the problem.
The Indianapolis Colts scored 11 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to give the Seahawks their first loss of the season, 34-28.
The Seahawks had a final drive starting at their own 20. After a Russell Wilson scramble brought them near mid-field, it stalled. On 4th-and-15 from their own 37-yard line, Wilson was flushed, threw across his body before being drilled and was intercepted.
The loss snaps a streak of nine consecutive regular-season wins for the Seahawks. The 34 points is the most allowed by the Seahawks since Week 8 of 2011.
Wilson and Marshawn Lynch each ran for 102 yards. Wilson was less effective through the air, completing 15-of-31 passes.
Steven Hauschka was busy in the third quarter. He hit three field goals — from from 26, 41 and 46 yards. Indianapolis countered with a second touchdown for T.Y. Hilton, who lit up the Seahawks all day. This one was a 29-yard score. Hilton had a 73-yard touchdown catch in the first half.
Midway through the first quarter, the Seahawks were outgaining the Colts 82-2.
The Seahawks even scored on the opening drive for the first time this season. A 10-yard touchdown pass from Wilson to Golden Tate put the Seahawks up 10-0 with 6:14 to go in the first quarter.
Seattle added to its lead when wide receiver Jermaine Kearse blocked a punt. Safety Jeron Johnson sprinted into the end zone and fell onto the ball while sliding out of the back of the end zone. The play was reviewed and called a safety instead of a touchdown.
The Seahawks were in command, up 12-0, with 4:53 to go in the first quarter.
The game quickly turned. The Colts gained their first first down of the game on their fourth possession. Their second first down was a big one.
Andrew Luck lofted a pass up the right sideline to Hilton. Hilton pulled it in well behind Richard Sherman and stopped when safety Earl Thomas approached, cutting back inside and scoring with ease. The 73-yard touchdown pass was a jolt for the Colts.
Colts safety Delano Howell scooped up a blocked field on the next possession and returned it for a 61-yard touchdown. Suddenly, the Colts, outplayed throughout the half, led 14-12
That’s when Kearse showed up again. He pulled in a 28-yard touchdown pass from Wilson to vault the Seahawks back in front, 19-14.
Colts’ kicker Adam Vinatieri added a 41-yard field goal before the half to pull Indianapolis within 19-17.