Only three undefeated teams remain. The Seahawks are no longer part of that group in large part because of third down.The Seahawks were 2-for-12 on third down. The Colts were 7-for-12. Not to mention, the Seahawks came into the game outscoring opponents 44-7 in the fourth quarter this year. They were outscored 11-0 Sunday.
To some quick hits:
> Pete Carroll said “I was sure they were” going to overturn the ruling that Jeron Johnson’s end-zone recovery of the blocked punt was a safety and not a touchdown. Instead, it remained a safety. That put the Seahawks up 12-0 instead of 17-0.
“Obviously, 17 would have looked a little bit grim,” Indianapolis coach Chuck Pagano said. “Twelve looked a lot better than 17. It could have been (a bigger hole), but our guys just hung in there.”
This was a rare good start for the Seahawks which came into the game with just 10 first-quarter points this season.
“We knew we were off to a good start,” Carroll said. “We could feel that. We were ready to go and playing well. Not getting the points on the blocked kick, which could have been, that could’ve been a much different margin and unfortunately that didn’t go for us.
“He had the ball in his chest and they didn’t see it that way. What I was told was they saw the ball wasn’t secure.”
Johnson said he would take the same approach if the play happened again. Right afterward, he thought about what would have happened if he just tapped it back into the field. What he didn’t know was the two players directly behind him were Seahawks safety Chris Maragos and fullback Derrick Coleman.
“I tried to recover the ball, which I did,” Johnson said.
> Russell Wilson said he thought he was on point with his pass to Golden Tate late in the second quarter when Tate was open for a touchdown. It turned out to be a touch too far. It was not a very good day through the air for Wilson, who again dealt with a mediocre offensive line. He also missed some throws.
> Wilson ran for more than 100 yards (102) for the first time in his Seahawks career. Marshawn Lynch also ran for 102 on just 17 carries. It looked like Lynch’s right leg was bothering him during the game. Carroll said they had some bumps and bruises, but did not mention any specific injuries postgame.
> Jermaine Kearse said he was pleased to make plays, but disappointed they came in a loss. Kearse has four catches (two for touchdowns) this year on four targets and is averaging 22 yards per catch. Sidney Rice has 10 catches all season despite several more snaps. Not sure what it’s going to take to get Kearse on the field more.
> I asked Richard Sherman what’s challenging about covering T.Y. Hilton who torched the Seahawks for a career-high 140 yards, becoming the second consecutive receiver (Andre Johnson had 110 yards last week) to gain more than 100 yards against the Seahawks.
“There aren’t really any challenges,” Sherman said. “(Andrew) Luck gave him some good balls. He had a good game. Hats off to him. It happens every blue moon.
“We played solid. Give them credit. Luck played a good game.”
> CB Brandon Browner struggled much of the day. At times, his size was a detriment when trying to counter the speedy Hilton or stay with Reggie Wayne.
> TE Luke Willson handled himself pretty well. He started for Zach Miller (hamstring) and caught two passes for 28 yards. Here’s Carroll on Miller and center Max Unger, who was also inactive:
“It was going to be a miracle if (Miller and Unger) made it through,” Carroll said. “We just needed to wait and do the right thing. It’s a long season.
“Like I’ve been saying all along, we’ve been trying to take the conservative route with these guys returning so that they’ll be there for the long haul and that was the right decision.”
> Bruce Irvin was back and caused a fumble. He finished with four tackles, including a sack.
> Steven Hauschka said he didn’t know what happened on the field-goal block because he has his head down staring at the ball. He said everything felt normal on the kick.
> Carroll called the deep touchdown to Hilton “a bust” but neither he nor Sherman nor Earl Thomas specified what happened. Carroll said, “They got us with a little formation thing.”
> No surprise here, they were not pleased with the pass interference calls.
> Only three undefeated teams remain: New Orleans, Denver and Kansas City. The Seahawks remain a game up in the division with Tennessee coming to town next Sunday. The Titans lost to the Chiefs 26-17 Sunday.