Colts Stomp Seahawks, 34-17

After two straight prime-time games, the Colts welcomed the Seattle Seahawks to Indianapolis for their only October date at Lucas Oil Stadium. While the time and venue was different, the result wasn't — the Colts rolled up 431 yards of offense in a win that wasn't nearly as close as the 34-17 score indicates.

In reality, it was 34-3 before the Seahawks scored twice in the final three minutes of the game. Seneca Wallace ran one touchdown in, then threw to Owen Schmidt for another score after a successful onside kick.

Before that, it was all Peyton Manning and the Colts. Manning was once again superb, hitting on 31-of-41 passes for 353 yards and two touchdowns for a 107.1 QB rating. It was the fourth-straight 300-yard passing game for Manning, the first time in his storied career he's accomplished that feat.

Manning and the offense didn't waste much time in running out to a big lead, scoring touchdowns on four of their first five possessions.


Even the return of the great Edgerrin James couldn't slow Manning and Co.
AP Photo/Michael Conroy

Reggie Wayne and Austin Collie each caught first-half touchdown passes from Manning as he tied Fran Tarkenton for third-place on the NFL's all-time list.

Five different receivers had 50 or more yards for the Colts. Dallas Clark led the way with eight grabs for 80 yards, while Joseph Addai had seven for 50 yards. Wayne caught six passes for 74 yards, Collie had six for 64, and Pierre Garcon had three grabs for 71 yards.

Addai and Donald Brown also had rushing touchdowns for the Colts.

As impressive as the offense was, the defense was just as much so against a banged-up Seahawks unit. The Colts racked up five sacks of Wallace and didn't allow a touchdown for the first 57 minutes of the game, well after the outcome had been decided.

Robert Mathis led the way with three sacks, and forced fumbles on two of them. Dwight Freeney, who injured a quad muscle last week and was originally expected to miss several weeks, played anyway and added a sack. Freddy Keiaho also had a sack for the Colts.

Melvin Bullitt led the defense with seven tackles, and Mathis, Tim Jennings and Jerraud Powers each had six.

The Seahawks managed just 49 yards rushing. Former Colt great Edgerrin James had four carries for 16 yards in his return to Indianapolis. Wallace was 33-of-45 for 253 yards, and T.J. Houshmandzadeh had eight receptions for 103 yards.

The Colts, winners of 13 straight regular-season games, maintained a two-game lead in the AFC South over Jacksonville and Houston, who both won. The Colts visit last year's division champion, Tennessee, next week on NBC's "Sunday Night Football." The Titans lost to Jacksonville Sunday to drop to 0-4.


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