Colts buck Hawks

Former Washington State quarterback and 1992 Super Bowl MVP, Mark Rypien guided the Indianapolis Colts to a 28-21 come-from-behind victory over the Seahawks on Saturday July 11. Seattle held an early 14-3 lead on touchdown runs by Ricky Watters and Shaun Alexander. Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck's 11-of-19 performance for 139 yards helped, but backup quarterback Trent Dilfer, who recently signed with Seattle, couldn't get it going after subbing for Hasselbeck ...

Dilfer threw 6-of-8 for 58 yards and a touchdown while under heavy pressure. Combined with the fact that Dilfer is still learning Seattle's intricate offensive system, little was expected of his performance. In fact, had ex-Husky Brock Huard not missed the game because of flu, Dilfer's reps would have probably been minimal.

Seattle scored their third touchdown after receiver Alex Bannister blocked a punt at the Indianapolis 1, which set up a 2-yard Dilfer touchdown pass to tight end Itula Mili. This was a big play for Bannister, who despite being a late-round draft pick this year, is immersed in heavy competition at the receiver position. Plays like this will make coaches think twice when trimming the roster to the final 53.

But the night belonged to Rypien, who entered the game late in the second quarter after Billy Joe Hobert sustained a head injury. Rypien immediately went to work and capped off his first drive with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Trevor Insley just before the half. A two point conversion made the score 14-11.

Dilfer's 2-yard touchdown pass put Seattle back in the lead. Then Rypien responded by marching the Colts 74 yards and throwing a 4-yard touchdown pass to Drew Haddad, trimming Seattle's lead to 21-18. On the final play of the third quarter, Haddad made NFL highlight films on a 94-yard punt return for a touchdown, which put Indy in the lead 25-21.

The Colts added a 42-yard field goal by Eric Olson in the middle of the fourth quarter.

As in all preseason games, the biggest concern for teams is to minimize injuries. Seattle's Shawn Springs suffered a tear in his left hamstring early in the second quarter and didn't return to the game. He held the lower part of his leg as he fell to the ground on a coverage play, which usually indicates a more serious injury than when pulled in the middle of the leg. He is expected to miss four to six weeks and is seeking a second opinion from Ohio State University doctors.


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