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Indianapolis 28, Seattle 10
Posted: Sunday August 11, 2002 01:47 AM
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SEATTLE (Ticker) -- The Seattle Seahawks christened their new stadium but it was new Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy's approach to defense that was embraced with open arms.

Clifton Crosby's 85-yard interception return for a touchdown with 40 seconds left in the contest capped a stellar defensive effort by Indianapolis, which spoiled the debut of Seahawks Stadium by posting a 28-10 triumph over Seattle.

As if losing in the opener of the new stadium was not bad enough, the Seahawks also may be without starting quarterback Trent Dilfer for a while. Dilfer suffered a sprained right knee early in the second quarter and had to be carted off the field.

"I don't know enough now, I'll know more tomorrow," Seattle coach Mike Holmgren said. "Right now I would be guessing. Right now they are trying to get him an MRI tonight."

Dilfer was 9-of-11 for 94 yards and a touchdown before being hurt.

Backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck was 14-of-22 for 139 yards.

Indianapolis signal-caller Peyton Manning went 5-of-11 for 46 yards but backup Brock Huard -- a former Seahawk -- was sharp, completing 12-of-16 attempts for 161 yards and two scores.

In their first game for Dungy, the Colts defense allowed 10 points in the first 11 minutes but little else. Linebacker Sam Sword spearheaded the effort with 10 tackles, an interception and fumble recovery.

The Seahawks were within 21-10 and driving late in the game when Crosby, a defensive back in his third year, picked off a pass from Jeff Kelly at the 15 and returned it for a score.