While the Seahawks insisted afterward that they’ll move on quickly from today’s loss — and the reality is certainly that the NFL leaves little choice but to do just that — you still have to figure they’ll be kicking themselves about that one for a while.
Seattle obviously had all kinds of chances to win that one, both pulling it out late and blowing out the Colts early.
But they didn’t, and they now return to Seattle at 4-1, still in first place, but suddenly with Arizona and the 49ers (I’ll assume they hold on to their 21-0 lead as I type this) winning.
The first losing week in a long time will provide plenty of time for picking apart some of the things ailing the Seahawks — in this game, third downs, and in general, a passing attack that needs to get more consistent (and I know there’s lots of unrest out there about Sidney Rice, who had just one catch today and has 10 for the season).
For now, I’ll pass along some links. …
— Here’s my game story;
— Times columnist Jerry Brewer says it was an uncharacteristic performance for the Seahawks;
— Here’s the notebook, leading with some of the defensive struggles and including an item on the blocked field goal;
— Here’s a sidebar on the safety that the Seahawks thought was a touchdown;
— Seahawks.com offers a game at a glance;
— Seahawks.com also details the team’s third-down issues;
— Here’s the NFL.com wrapup;
— And the NFL.com highlights package;
— USA Today’s Jarrett Bell says the Colts showed a new identity in the win;
— Indy receiver T.Y. Hilton says Brandon Browner’s insults fired him up;
— ESPN.com says the first loss for the Seahawks is a painful one;
— The Sporting News writes the Colts proved they are legitimate Super Bowl contenders;
— The Indy Star reports that coach Chuck Pagano said it was the loudest he has ever heard it in Lucas Oil Stadium;
— Some video thoughts from the Star;
— The Wall Street Journal with some comparisons of Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson;
— The Seahawks next play the Tennessee Titans, who lost today to the Chiefs, 26-17.