When a team needs to either put a game away or get back into a game by turning momentum back towards their favor, a big play is usually how they complete either objective. In their 34-28 upset win of the Seattle Seahawks at home, the Indianapolis Colts were able to do just that as they hit on some big plays at the most opportune times during game.
With the Colts down 12-0 in the first, Andrew Luck connected with T.Y. Hilton on a 73-yard touchdown pass that woke up the crowd at Lucas Oil Stadium but just as importantly, jolted the Colts’ offense back into the game.
The play of a special teams unit, while not always a headline grabber, can also determine whether or not a team wins or losses a game.
Against the Seahawks, the Colts’ special teams picked up where the offense left off with several big plays. Just as important as the Colts scoring to take a temporary lead, the big play which the Colts’ special teams created and capitalized on created a 10-point swing in their favor which would serve in their favor later in the game.
Not all big plays have to be or are touchdown scoring plays and in the second half, Reggie Wayne proved this to be the case with three very important catches. As a result of his impact on the final scoring drive, Russell Wilson and the Seahawks offense were forced into taking risks on their final offensive series, which ended with Wilson throwing an interception that sealed a Colts win and saw them improve to 4-1.