Week 16 Game Recap: Indianapolis Colts 13, Seattle Seahawks 28
What you need to know
Jim Caldwell was the acting head coach for the Indianapolis Colts in this their second loss of the season.
The Colts got behind in the game early and were unable to recover. The big question coming into the game was how long the Colts’ starters would stay on the field. Peyton Manning and Reggie Wayne played through the first two series of the game into the second quarter before retiring to the sidelines. Manning was sharp when in the game and completed nine out of 12 passing attempts for 119 yards. Edgerrin James played through the first half of the game and rushed for 41 yards on 13 carries. The resting of the Colts’ starters clearly played a role in their loss.
Dominic Rhodes was ineffective as a replacement for James and rushed for negative four yards on his five carries. He did add six receptions for 27 yards in the receiving game.
Jim Sorgi on the other hand was a capable replacement for Peyton Manning. He threw for 237 yards on 22 completions out of 31 attempts. He put together a great drive near the end of the game, and led the Colts downfield to score their only touchdown of the game with a six yard pass to Troy Walters.
Brandon Stokley led the Colts’ receivers with five receptions for 122 yards, though his first catch of the game did not come until near the end of the first half. After making a 25 yard reception that helped to set up Troy Walters’ touchdown, Stokley was seen on the sidelines getting medical attention. After only making one reception up to this point in the season, Troy Walters made eight receptions for 91 yards and his touchdown.
Shaun Alexander was stellar and scored three touchdowns, two rushing, and one receiving in the game. With his third, he tied Priest Holmes for the most touchdowns scored during a season with 27. On the sidelines, he came in with the ball on the one yard line to rush in easily for the record tying score. He finished with 21 rushes for 139 yards and broke off long runs repeatedly throughout the game.
Matt Hasselbeck was sharp and accurate throughout the game. He completed 17 of his 21 passing attempts for 168 yards, connecting with ten different receivers. He also threw two touchdown passes, one to Jerramy Stevens, the other to Shaun Alexander.
Michael Boulware blocked a field goal attempt and it was recovered by Marquand Manuel in the first quarter.
What you ought to know
|QB Jim Sorgi, Pass: 22 - 31 - 237 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 3 - 7 - 0|
Sorgi was a very capable backup for Peyton Manning. He completed his first four passing attempts and finished with 237 yards on 22 completions. He was nearly intercepted on a pass intended for Ben Fletcher and lost a fumble during the middle of the fourth quarter. In the fourth quarter, Sorgi led the Colts downfield and completed six out of seven passes for 78 yards, finishing with a six yard touchdown pass to Troy Walters.
Manning had plenty of time to throw while he played in the game. He played for two series through the beginning of the second quarter. On a fourth and three play, Manning completed a 15 yard pass to Reggie Wayne. Throughout the rest of the game, Manning called the plays in for Jim Sorgi.
Though it was reported that James would not play in this game, he did start and rushed for 19 yards on seven carries on the opening drive. He was held at the goal line on two carries and the Colts were forced to settle for a field goal. James only played through the first half and rushed for 41 yards on his 13 carries.
Rhodes came in for James near the end of the first half. But as a rusher, he was simply ineffective and had difficulty gaining yards against the Seahawks as evidenced by his five carries for negative four yards. Rhodes was better in the receiving game and made six receptions for 27 yards. He also had one of his targets go right off his hands.
Mungro was stopped short on a third and one carry in the fourth quarter. He was stopped short on the subsequent fourth down conversion attempt.
Walters saw an increased role in the game with Marvin Harrison out. He had only one reception on the year coming into this game. He made a great 39 yard reception in the first quarter on a play action pass. Troy Walters made a bobbling catch and pulled it in. Walters also returned punts and in the second quarter, returned one for 29 yards to put the Colts into good field position. Walters scored the only touchdown for the Colts on a six yard reception near the end of the fourth quarter.
Stokley led the Colts’ receivers with five receptions for 122 yards. His first target of the game was for a 22 yard reception and a third down conversion near the end of the first half. Stokley made a sharp 30 yard reception over the middle in the fourth quarter. He made another catch for 16 yards. After a 45 yard reception, Stokley was seen being given medical attention on the sidelines.
Like Peyton Manning, Wayne came out of the game after the Colts’ second series. Wayne made a 15 yard reception to convert a fourth down during the first quarter. He was targeted two plays later in the red zone, but the pass went right through his hands. On the next play, Manning looked for him in the end zone, but Wayne was well covered.
Moorehead’s first catch of the season was for seven yards and a first down. He had his second target on a slant pass go through his hands.
Harrison was held out of the game, recovering from a broken hand suffered in week 15.
Clark made two receptions for 37 yards on the Colts’ opening drive of the game. He added a third reception for six yards during the Colts’ next drive. Like the rest of the Colts’ starters, Clark did not see any additional playing time as the game wore on.
Fletcher saw his first target and catch at the beginning of the third quarter.
Sorgi targeted Utecht in the second quarter, but was pressured and the pass was not catchable. Utecht was targeted in the end zone, but the pass was tipped.
Vanderjagt made field goal attempts of 24 and 32 yards. He had a second attempt blocked and it was recovered by the Seahawks. It was his second missed field goal of the season. Vanderjagt also made an extra point attempt.
The Indianapolis Colts had no answer for Shaun Alexander who rushed for 139 yards and two touchdowns against them. But to be said in their defense, playmakers Cato June and Bob Sanders did not play in the game. And Dwight Freeney was used sparingly. Rob Morris led the team with six tackles.
Matt Hasselbeck threw for only 168 yards, but he did throw two touchdown passes. The Colts did not bring very much pressure on him, though they were able to record two sacks.
The Seahawks opened the game passing and Hasselbeck completed his first two passes. He connected with Jerramy Stevens for a 15 yard touchdown pass. Hasselbeck threw his second touchdown pass to Shaun Alexander at the start of the third quarter. Hasselbeck was extremely accurate and connected with ten different receivers in the game.
Alexander showed what a special running back he is. He made large gains periodically throughout the game, breaking tackles. Alexander rushed for seven yards on his first carry. He took his second carry to the Indianapolis’ two yard line by breaking tackles and rushed up the middle easily to score a touchdown on the next play. In the second quarter, on a fourth and one play, Alexander gained eight yards. After a great 25 yard carry, Alexander scored his second touchdown during the opening drive of the third quarter on a six yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck. Alexander had a great carry of 16 yards near the end of the third quarter. Alexander had a ten yard carry brought back with a holding penalty. He was brought in after remaining on the sidelines in the fourth quarter and rushed for his 27th touchdown of the year, tying Priest Holmes for the most touchdowns in a season.
Morris saw time in relief of Shaun Alexander and gained 34 yards on his nine carries. In the fourth quarter, he had a 13 yard carry to the one yard line. Alexander was brought in for the next rushing attempt at the goal line.
Weaver made a 12 yard reception during the fourth quarter.
Strong made a 16 yard reception near the end of the first quarter. Strong was hit hard on his next target and could not make the completion.
Scobey was not a part of the offensive game plan, but returned the Seahawks’ first kick 46 yards.
Jackson was a game time decision but did play and made a 17 yard catch on the Seahawks’ opening drive. He made a 15 yard reception near the end of the second half.
Jurevicius made his first catch during the opening drive of the third quarter. He made a second reception for 14 yards on the last play of the third quarter.
Engram was targeted in the second quarter, but Hasselbeck was rushed and threw the pass away to the sidelines. He made his first and only catch at the opening of the second half.
Hackett made a five yard reception in the fourth quarter.
Stevens made a six yard reception to start the game for the Seahawks. He was wide open and made a 15 yard touchdown reception in the second quarter. Stevens made a 12 yard reception at the end of the first half.
Hannam made his first catch during the opening drive of the third quarter.
Brown attempted a 57 yard field goal at the end of the first half attempt but it went wide right. He did make all four of his extra point attempts.
The Seahawks were able to hold the Colts to a total of 43 rushing yards, 41 of those were to Edgerrin James in the first half of the game. The Seahawks stopped a touchdown scoring drive in the first quarter, tightening up at the goal line and holding the Colts to a field goal. Matt Hasselbeck’s second field goal attempt was blocked and recovered by the Seahawks.
Though the Colts’ quarterback Jim Sorgi was sacked twice in the game, both he and Peyton Manning combined for 353 passing yards and one touchdown against them. Sorgi lost a fumble in the fourth quarter that set up Shaun Alexander’s third touchdown. Jordan Babineaux led the Seahawks with nine tackles.