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SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Seahawks use 2nd-half surge to rout Colts, 46-18

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SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Seahawks use 2nd-half surge to rout Colts, 46-18

SEATTLE - It took a trio of relative unknowns to wake up the Seattle Seahawks.

J.D. McKissic took the second carry of his career 30 yards for a touchdown and Bobby Wagner scooped up Marcus Smith's forced fumble and rumbled 21 yards for a score in a 13-second span late in the third quarter, and the Seahawks beat the Indianapolis Colts 46-18 on Sunday night.

Justin Coleman added a 28-yard interception return for a TD in the first half and Seattle overcame a sleepy first 30 minutes from its offense to finally put away the Colts.

"It was a terrific night. It just took us a while again. ... We finally got going," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said.

McKissic was once cut by Atlanta, but his athleticism earned him a spot in Seattle. Coleman was deemed expendable by New England and was acquired in a trade just before the start of the regular season. And Smith, who finished with 1 1/2 sacks, was a former first-round pick who was a bust with Philadelphia.

Their big plays turned boos that cascaded down at halftime with Seattle trailing 15-10 into cheers in a hurry. CenturyLink Field was left shaking after Wagner scooped up Smith's forced fumble against quarterback Jacoby Brissett and weaved through tacklers for Seattle's second defensive score and a 32-18 lead.

Russell Wilson threw two touchdown passes and two interceptions, but his most important play was a 23-yard run in the third quarter to give Seattle an 18-15 lead. Adam Vinatieri pulled the Colts even at 18 as the Colts capitalized on Wilson's second interception. Graham dropped a catchable pass and it was intercepted by Malik Hooker , his third straight game with an interception.

But Seattle answered with a 75-yard drive that was capped by McKissic's touchdown sprint. Wilson added TD passes of 6 yards to Luke Willson and 27 yards to McKissic in the fourth quarter and the Seahawks outscored Indianapolis 36-3 in the second half.

"It's the same thing that always happens. Slow start out of the gate and for whatever reason we pick it up the third and fourth quarter," Seattle wide receiver Doug Baldwin said.

Seattle's win came appeared to come with a big blow in the final minutes when starting running back Chris Carson sustained a left leg injury. Trainers immediately placed an air cast on Carson's leg and he was carted off the field. Carroll said Carson's injury was significant.

Brissett threw an 18-yard strike to Donte Moncrief late in the first half to give the Colts the lead. Brissett was 16 of 29 for 157 yards and was sacked three times. The biggest play turned out to be Smith's sack, knocking the ball from Brissett's hands just before his arm moved forward as Seattle suddenly took a 14-point lead.

"They just outplayed us big time in the second half. We didn't do a good job of adjusting. That's on me," Indianapolis coach Chuck Pagano said. "We're a lot better than that, but it's going to be the same old song and dance if we don't get things cleaned up."

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Johnson Bademosi returns to Patriots practice, Alan Branch still absent

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Johnson Bademosi returns to Patriots practice, Alan Branch still absent

FOXBORO — Johnson Bademosi is sick. Sick of missing practice!

The Patriots cornerback returned to the field Friday after being held out Thursday due to illness. That left Alan Branch as the only absence for Friday’s practice. 

Branch, who is dealing with a knee injury, has now missed three straight days of practice. That puts his status for Sunday’s game against the Steelers in doubt.
 

Britt's actions should speak louder than Belichick's words

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Britt's actions should speak louder than Belichick's words

FOXBORO -- The Patriots bought low on a high-end talent this week in landing Kenny Britt on a two-year deal. 

Yet while the physical 2009 first-round pick could become a real weapon for Tom Brady, Bill Belichick’s words Friday suggested he’s waiting to see how it goes. 

“We’ll see how it goes,” Belichick said. 

Here's the thing though: Britt is good. He's really good. He's better than Michael Floyd, a late-season pickup last season to whom Britt's been compared. Floyd's impact proved to be minimal, plus Floyd was dealing with a legal and personal issue coming off a DUI and subsequent release. Britt is coming off a personal issue in that he had to play for the Browns. 

Asked about Britt’s size, Belichick confirmed that the 6-foot-3, 223-pound Britt is now the biggest wide receiver on the Patriots’ roster. Really, he is by a wide margin. The next-biggest Patriots receiver is Chris Hogan at 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds. 

As for any impressions of Britt with the Pats, Belichick said “it’s only been a couple of days.” Britt will speak Friday afternoon. Word is he could have more to say than Belichick.