The Seahawks wake up today at 4-1. Around the Web are several stories touting the Colts as Super Bowl contenders. Though they lost, that speaks well for the Seahawks. They had two plays that led to a 15-point swing in Indianapolis: The blocked field goal that was returned for a touchdown and the safety that was not ruled a touchdown. Yet, they still lost by just six on the road against arguably the AFC’s second-best team (I’d take the Colts over the Pats and Chiefs, but not the Broncos).
To the links:
> Here’s my game story, focusing on the problems on third down, plus the Seahawks’ surprising inability to close the game Sunday.
> Dave Boling says there were lessons to be learned from Sunday’s loss.
> We took a look at Jermaine Kearse’s day.
> We also took a look at Bruce Irvin’s return.
> Our notebook talks about the play by Jeron Johnson that was ruled a safety and not a touchdown. Pete Carroll said officials told him that Johnson did not appear to control the ball.
> Here’s a photo gallery from the game.
> NFL.com says that was a statement win for the Colts.
> ESPN says the Seahawks’ first loss was a painful one.
> Here’s a video breakdown from ESPN.com
> The Wall Street Journal wonders where Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck rank among the best young QBs.
> NFL.com’s Judy Battista says the Colts followed Chuck Pagano’s lead and stepped up in class.
> SI.com notes that the Indianapolis rally was the ninth fourth-quarter comeback for Andrew Luck.
> Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star says the Colts are legit Super Bowl contenders.