AFC South Wrap: Colts beat Seahawks

AFC South Wrap: Colts beat Seahawks
October 6, 2013, 4:00 pm
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Indianapolis rallies late to beat Seahawks 34-28

INDIANAPOLIS -- Andrew Luck handed Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks their first loss of the season.

On a day, the Colts' offense struggled at times, Luck threw for 229 yards and two touchdowns and Donald Brown put the Colts ahead with a 3-yard TD run early in the fourth quarter to knock off previously unbeaten Seattle 34-28.

Luck led yet another fourth-quarter comeback, his ninth in 21 career games.

He led the Colts on a long, methodical scoring drive to open the fourth quarter, capping it with Brown's TD run and then throwing to Reggie Wayne for a 2-point conversion.

Indy then used the clock on another long drive that ended with Adam Vinatieri's 49-yard field goal.

Wilson finished 15 of 31 for 210 yards with two TDs, one interception and ran 13 times for 102 yards. Marshawn Lynch ran 17 times for 102 yards.

T.Y. Hilton had five catches for a career-high 140 yards.

For the Seahawks (4-1), it was a loss that seemed every bit as inexplicable as last week's victory in Houston.

Despite playing without three starting offensive linemen for the second straight week, Seattle dominated the first half, rushed for 218 yards and seemed to be in control for most of the game.

Seattle lost its first regular-season game since Nov. 25 at Miami, ending a nine-game winning streak.

The game featured two blocked kicks that wound up going for scores, a 73-yard TD pass from Luck to Hilton and two 2-point conversion tries by the Colts.

But Seattle was just 2 of 12 on third down conversions, played the final nine minutes without a timeout and settled for too many field goals.

It was a costly combination.

But it didn't look as if it would end this way when Seattle opened the game by driving for a field goal, a touchdown and then got a safety after a blocked punt to make it 12-0 with 4:53 left in the first.

The Colts rallied with the long TD pass to Hilton and took the lead when Delano Howell returned a blocked field goal 61 yards for a TD.

Seattle led 19-17 at the half and appeared to take control in the third quarter after settling for two quick field goals to make it 25-17.

But Luck hooked up with Hilton again, this time on a nifty 29-yard throw down the sideline to cut the deficit to 25-23 with 4:16 left in the third.

Brown gave Indy the lead for good early in the fourth, after coach Chuck Pagano won a challenge on a third-down spot that turned a fourth down into a first down.

The Colts were in control the rest of the way.

Perfect Chiefs rally for 26-17 win over Titans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Kansas City Chiefs are still perfect thanks to an old-fashioned mix of a good running game and some very timely defense.

Jamaal Charles scored a 1-yard touchdown with 6:23 left, and the Chiefs rallied to beat the Tennessee Titans 26-17 on Sunday.

The Chiefs (5-0) are off to their best start since 2003, when they won their first nine games. This win came despite blowing a 13-0 halftime lead in this early AFC showdown between these surprising teams bouncing back after losing seasons.

The Titans (3-2) couldn't have been more out of synch in the first half with Ryan Fitzpatrick starting for Jake Locker sidelined with his sprained right hip. He missed his first five passes and went three-and-out on his first five series before guiding Tennessee to 17 straight points in the second half.

Charles put the Chiefs ahead to stay, and he finished with 108 yards on 22 carries. The Chiefs also intercepted Fitzpatrick twice in the final 6:14. Ryan Succop kicked four field goals, including a 48-yarder.

The Titans had one last chance needing to score twice and sent Rob Bironas out for a 32-yard field goal. But he missed wide right, and time expired.

Now Kansas City now gets to head home for a three-game stretch and try to continue this amazing start under new coach Andy Reid.

The Chiefs and Titans came in tied atop the NFL with a plus-9 turnover margin, but it was Kansas City that forced three turnovers and turned those into 13 points. The Titans forced two they managed to convert into a touchdown.

Kansas City dominated early with a 132-10 edge in total offense in the first quarter and was up 13-0 at halftime on a rainy day in Nashville.

Fitzpatrick looked rusty in his first start since being in Buffalo last season, and his new teammates weren't much help. Chris Johnson finished with only 17 yards rushing on 10 carries.

But Fitzpatrick outgained the Chiefs all by himself in the third quarter in keying the Titans' rally. He flipped the ball to Johnson for a 49-yard TD. He also scrambled 9 yards for a TD giving the Titans a 17-13 lead early in the fourth quarter.

Tennessee forced the Chiefs three-and-out, and the Titans drove for a 22-yard field goal by Bironas. Bernard Pollard intercepted Alex Smith's pass that just glanced off Charles' fingertips. It was only Smith's third interception this season after not turning it over once through the first three games.

The Chiefs' go-ahead drive was keyed by an unnecessary roughness flag on Titans linebacker Moises Fokou for a hit on Smith as the quarterback scrambled on third-and-5. Smith only picked up 2 yards and was hit at the sideline, and officials threw the flag giving the Chiefs first down.

Cooper wrestled the ball away from Nate Washington with 6:14 left, and Quintin Demps picked off a pass that bounced off Titans receiver Kendall Wright with 2:39 left. Succop kicked field goals of 33 and 48 yards after each to pad the lead.

Cooper put the Chiefs up 7-0 when he recovered the ball in the end zone after the ball brushed up against Titans blocker Damian Williams before dribbling to the end zone -- Tennessee's first turnover this season.

Rams end slump, beat winless Jaguars 34-20

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Rams were desperate for success. Not quite as desperate and downtrodden as the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Sam Bradford threw three touchdown passes and Matt Giordano's 82-yard interception return was one of several big plays from the defense in a 34-20 victory Sunday that ended a three-game losing streak and kept the Jaguars winless.

The matchup met NFL qualifications for a sellout, but attendance of 54,266 was about 12,000 shy of capacity.

Austin Pettis' 31-yard TD catch with 5:45 to go was his second of the day and put the Rams (2-3) up by two scores. St. Louis, which had trailed by double digits in every game, established control with a 17-point second quarter after Jacksonville (0-5) had a pair of early leads.

Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert injured his left hamstring in the third quarter and didn't return. Rookie left tackle Luke Joeckel was carted off with a right ankle injury in the first.

Justin Blackmon caught his first pass of the year for a 67-yard score for the Jaguars after serving a four-game suspension. He had five receptions for 136 yards.

Cecil Shorts III caught a 4-yarder from Chad Henne early in the fourth that cut the gap to a touchdown.

Pettis got away from Will Blackmon on the clinching score to cap an 80-yard drive. His 4-yard TD catch at the end of the half finished a 12-play, 90-yard march to make it 24-10.

Chris Stewart set up a touchdown with a forced fumble and fumble recovery and James Laurinaitis intercepted Gabbert in the end zone in the third quarter to keep the Rams up by 14.

Joeckel was hurt when a Rams lineman rolled under him on a run. Joeckel was the second pick in this year's draft and started at left tackle after Eugene Monroe was traded to Baltimore for multiple draft picks.

Robert Quinn helped set up Giordano's interception when he got a piece of Gabbert on the pass rush. Gabbert stepped up but overthrew Blackmon, and Giordano threaded his way across the field to tie it at 7 late in the first quarter.

Gabbert was 2-0 at the Edward Jones Dome in college, helping Missouri beat Illinois twice in his hometown. He's 5-20 as the Jaguars' starter.

In a span of four plays early in the second quarter, the Rams tied it on a short field goal by Greg Zuerlein and capitalized on a turnover to take their first lead. Darian Stewart stripped Clay Harbor after a short reception and returned the fumble 19 yards to the Jacksonville 16, and Lance Kendricks stretched for the pylon on the next snap.

The Jaguars totaled eight points in the first half all season before busting out with 10 in the first quarter. Blackmon's TD was their longest play of the year.

Maurice Jones-Drew became the third player in franchise history to top 10,000 yards from scrimmage on a 20-yard carry that led to Josh Scobee's 48-yard field goal for a 10-7 lead near the end of the quarter.

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