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Want to complain about refs and T.Y. Hilton not getting on the field enough? Greg Cowan did that already.
Quotes from the team? Marcus Dugan, as always, comes through.
Also shameless plug for a piece on the defense at B/R because I wrote it and liked it and hope you do too.
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We're going to skip most of the first quarter, because it was awful.
But on 2nd-and-8 after the Seahawks got the ball back after the blocked punt/safety, Jerrell Freeman forces a two-yard loss and a long third down.
Remember this play.
I don't know if Freeman is supposed to spy the QB here, or if he just reads the read-option perfectly. I'd guess he's assigned to the QB on the play, considering how they've been using him.
Freeman was incredibly effective in this role, which is WHY I KEEP ADVOCATING FOR IT.
Don't worry, it'll come up again.
But first, that stop allowed this to happen:
The return of T.Y. Hilton!
Hilton was fantastic throughout the day, and was responsible for nearly 200 yards (including PIs drawn).
This catch was incredibly Reggie Wayne-like.
But let's not forget someone: Andrew Luck.
Hilton was great, but he produced because Andrew Luck is doing unreal things on the football field.
Look at that throw. Would you just look at it?
It's absolutely perfect. Good things can happen when Luck has a pocket to throw from.
But even when he doesn't, Luck finds a way to get it done. This next play brought to you by Andrew Luck's Weekly Houdini Moment.
Please, please, please don't overlook plays like that. They are absolutely magical.
Not only is Luck able to spin away from the first defender and step back to avoid the second defender, but he somehow sees T.Y. Hilton open and plants his feet quickly enough to make an accurate throw. I have no idea how he did it.
John Lynch said, "That was sweet."
I guess that's one word to describe it.
I was thinking more along the lines of impossible, breathtaking or unfathomable.
Then there's this play to Reggie Wayne. How many QBs make that throw?
Somebody threw out six on Twitter on Sunday. I won't argue with that.
Side note: Andrew Luck is currently playing like the second-best quarterback in the AFC, and arguably a Top Five quarterback overall. That's absolutely incredible.
Speaking of Reggie Wayne, he taught Richard Sherman a little lesson on Sunday about one-on-one coverage. Namely, that it won't work forever, because Wayne learned how to run routes from Marvin Harrison.
One more offensive play to note, because I will give credit where it's due: Trent Richardson had a great run in the fourth quarter to help suck 2:30 extra off the clock and get into field goal range.
Richardson isn't playing great, but this run is exactly what the Colts are looking for from him.
On to the defense!
We're looking at five plays here, five plays that allowed the Colts to keep Russell Wilson from performing his fourth-quarter magic and sealed the win for Indianapolis.
First, Jerrell Freeman on a play that will get overlooked.
On 2nd-and-8, Seattle runs a well-designed, high percentage play, but Jerrell Freeman's speed and sure tackling prevents Tate from getting to the first down marker, which allowed this to happen:
ALL JERRELL FREEMAN EVERYTHING
Freeman on the spy/read-option read again, and once again, Freeman gives Wilson nowhere to go. It's a great play by Freeman, whose speed and intelligence has made him perfect for that role. The Colts might not need it much going forward, as they don't play another mobile quarterback, but it's nice to know that Freeman can be very effective as a spy.
When the Seahawks finally got the ball back, it was the secondary's turn to make some plays.
Greg Toler didn't have a good game, but this play forced a long fourth down for Seattle, rather than 3rd-and-5 or so.
Tate *should* make the catch here, but hey, it's a nice hit to force the incompletion.
But it was the play just before that truly earns some praise.
Darius Butler here, with the play that defines the Colts' secondary's slogan "#NoFlyZone."
Butler gets completely horizontal, maybe with a slight hold around the waist, and plays the ball perfectly. It was such a pretty play to watch, and it made the final play that much sweeter.
No GIF of the interception, because it was fairly routine, but look at the hit Freeman lays on Wilson to force the poor throw. Great game from him, and A+ to Butler, who gets the pick.
COLTS WIN COLTS WIN COLTS WIN