The Seattle Seahawks are facing the same gauntlet in 2013 as they did in 2009, with the AFC South on the schedule. The one year under Jim Mora produced several memorable moments and games.
The game against the Colts was one of those moments with Peyton Manning doing what he does best on a day when the Seahawks were missing both Matt Hasselbeck and Walter Jones.
The 2009 season was a rough one and it’s easy to highlight during a season like this. The team plays most of the same teams due to NFL rotating scheduling.
But with the Seahawks finally turning the corner and becoming a perennial contender, it’s a good way for them to reverse the results from the 2009 season this time around.
With all that being said, let’s look back in time at the Sunday, October 4th, 2009 matchup between the Seahawks and Colts in Indy.
Indianapolis scored on their first possession of the game, which oddly was scored with just over 6 minutes left in the quarter. Running back Donald Brown took the ball in from a yard out. Seahawks 0, Colts 7
Both teams had 2 possessions in the quarter, with Seattle getting 6 and 8 plays in, respectively, before having to punt each possession.
The scoring in the second quarter happened the same way as it did the first quarter. After lots of back and forth throughout the quarter, Peyton Manning hit Reggie Wayne for a 5 yard touchdown with 5:29 left to go in the half. Seahawks 0, Colts 14
The Seahawks took the ensuing kickoff down the field before having to settle for an Olindo Mare field goal from 38 yards out. Seahawks 3, Colts 14
With 1:20 left on the clock, not many people could rally the team down the field and score a touchdown as most settle for field goals or less. Not Manning, though.
He directed his team down field with precision to set the Colts up just outside the red zone with seconds remaining.
And with 3 seconds remaining in the half, Manning hit Austin Collie for a 21 yard touchdown. Seahawks 3, Colts 21
The 3rd quarter was a battle in the trenches, and featured a turnover on consecutive possessions by both teams. The Seahawks picked off a Manning pass only to fumble it back to the Colts on the ensuing Seahawks possession. But Indianapolis managed one score in the quarter, a 12 yard Joseph Addai touchdown. Seahawks 3, Colts 28
It was all cruise control in the 4th quarter for the Colts. After sending Adam Vinatieri out for field goals of 37 yards and 19 yards, the Seahawks found themselves behind big time. Seahawks 3, Colts 34
Garbage time provided the Seahawks with 2 touchdown in the last 3 minutes of the game. Seneca Wallace took it himself on one scoring play, from 7 yards out to make it Seahawks 10, Colts 34
And with 19 seconds left in the game, Wallace found tight end Owen Schmitt for a 1 yard touchdown. Seahawks 17, Colts 34
Final Score: Seahawks 17, Colts 34
After the game
One of my favorite moments from after the game was when Edgerrin James, now a Seahawk, stayed on the field after the game to take photos with his old teammates. It was nice to see someone who made such a big impact in a city still be lauded and loved when he returns as an opponent.
Want to relive the highlights? Here’s the 2009 game video.
- Seneca Wallace – Seattle – 33/45, 257 yards, 1 touchdown
- Peyton Manning – Indianapolis – 31/41, 353 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception
- Julius Jones – Seattle – 11 carries, 25 yards
- Joseph Addai – Indianapolis – 12 carries 46 yards, 1 touchdown
- TJ Houshmanzadeh – Seattle – 8 receptions, 103 yards
- Dallas Clark – Indianapolis – 8 recepions, 80 yards