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Taking a look at the anatomy of the Colts scoring drives: Seahawks Edition

Posted Oct 7, 2013

Each week Colts.com will take a look at the Colts touchdown drives. For this week, here’s a look at the three offensive touchdown drives from the 34-28 win over the Seahawks.



T.Y. Hilton’s 73-yard touchdown catch

The scene:
Down 12-0, the Colts took over their own 16-yard line with 2:45 left in the 1st quarter.

The anatomy of the drive:
4 plays, for 84 yards in 1:41.

Key play:
After three straight three-and-outs to open up the game, the Colts offense was reeling. Facing a third-and-one, the Colts were simply looking for their initial first down of the game with the opening quarter clock under two minutes. On a third-and-one, the Colts went with four wide receivers with Trent Richardson behind Andrew Luck. Richardson took the handoff and made a jump cut to his right before diving forward for the Colts first down.

The score:
On the next play, the Colts went with T.Y. Hilton and Coby Fleener (slot) lined up to the right, Reggie Wayne to the left and two backs behind Luck. After a subtle fake to Richardson, Luck stepped up into the pocket and delivered a deep pass towards Hilton. The speedy Hilton got free release off the line of scrimmage and got behind Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman. The pass fell right into Hilton’s arms near the Colts sideline around the 30-yard line. Hilton let Seattle’s Pro Bowl safety Earl Thomas’ momentum go past Hilton before running into the end zone for a career-long 73-yard catch.

T.Y. Hilton’s 27-yard touchdown catch

The scene:
Down 25-17, the Colts took over at their own 20-yard line with 8:12 to go in the third quarter.

The anatomy of the drive:
10 plays, for 80 yards in 3:56.

Key play:
Facing a third-and-four at the Seattle 38-yard line, the Colts came out with trips to the left and Reggie Wayne by himself on the right. Seattle’s All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman was lined up opposite Wayne. At the snap, Wayne beats Sherman to the inside and Luck delivered a strike for a first down completion of nine yards.

The score:
The Colts came out in a shotgun set with three receivers (T.Y. Hilton on the far left and Wayne in the slot). Seattle’s 6’4” cornerback Brandon Browner appeared to be playing press coverage against Hilton. Off the snap, Hilton ran past Browner (who did not end up playing press) and Luck threw a perfect, in stride pass to Hilton for the 27-yard touchdown.

Donald Brown’s 3-yard touchdown run

The scene:
Down 28-23, the Colts took over at their own 14-yard line with 0:28 left in the third quarter.

The anatomy of the drive:
14 plays, for 86 yards in 6:40.

Key play:
The drive had some important third down conversions on the Colts side of the field, however the lone one in Seattle territory had some drama. Facing a third-and-four, the Colts came out in a trips receiver set with Reggie Wayne in the slot and T.Y. Hilton to the wide side (left) of the formation. On the snap, Hilton “picked” Seattle cornerback Walter Thurmond which freed up Wayne for the completion. At first, the officials ruled Wayne short of the first down marker but after a Chuck Pagano challenge, the call was overturned and the Colts would score two plays later.

The score:
After a 19-yard reception by Wayne, the Colts had a first-and-goal at the Seattle three-yard line. The Colts spread the field with three receivers and Donald Brown was in the shotgun with Luck. On the snap, Brown took the handoff and ran straight up the gut for the eventual game winning score. The Brown touchdown was his first score since the 2012 season opener.


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