Quarterback Payton Manning hit TE Marcus Pollard with a 3- yard pass in the end zone after a Matt Hasselbeck fumble on the second series of the game to give the Colts a quick 7-0 lead with just five minutes gone in the first quarter. Hasselbeck was sacked behind the line of scrimmage while trying to elude a posse of Colt defenders.
Hasselbeck was harassed, chased, and hunted for the better part of the first quarter before he was replaced by Senneca Wallace with a minute and half in the first quarter.
"They've got a good defense and we didn't do a very good job of picking up their game," said Head Coach Mike Holmgren. "Matt got knocked around and we figured enough is enough; he'll live to play another game."
Hasselbeck finished the game with three completions, on nine attempts, one interception and twenty five passing yards. Hasselbeck was sacked once for eighteen yards.
Running back Shaun Alexander finished the with 32 yards rushing on seven carries.
While the Seahawks numbers look decent ( 106 yards rushing on 25 attempts, 17 completions on 32 attempts for 140 yards) the Seahawk offensive players were never able to solve the Colts blitzs packages.
"We saw that all week and we knew they were going to come with it," said Quarterback Seneca Wallace on the Colts defense. "The offense just didn't play well."
Seneca Wallace finished 10-18 for 84 yards, with one interception and three sacks.
The Colts doubled their lead when Manning hit Wide out Marvin Harrison from six yards out and the Colts went into the halftime break with a 14 to 0 lead.
The Colts made it 21-0 when a Seneca Wallace fumble at the 35 yard line was booted, battered and was eventually recovered in the Seattle end zone.
Another turnover, and another Indianapolis touchdown. "I tried to throw the ball and the ball slipped out," Wallace said of the play.
Seattle lone offensive bright spot was a three yard touchdown run by Kerry Carter in the fourth quarter.
Rookie Marcus Trufant went through some growing pains, after being burnt by Colt wide out Marvin Harrison on a 48 yard pass play." I am okay, he is a fast receiver and I knew they would come after me." Trufant said of the Colts offense.
Center Robbie Tobeck bruised his knew in the second quarter and set out the rest of the game as precaution. Isaiah Kacyvenski (aggravated right ankle) and TE Ryan Hannam (sprained his left knee) suffered injuries in the first quarter.