The Colts Influence
The Colts Influence
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Seattle Seahawks fans
remove their hats during a moment of silence for Tony Dungy and his
family before the start of the game with the Indianapolis Colts NFL
football game Saturday, Dec. 24, 2005, in Seattle. Dungy flew to
Tampa on Thursday after his 18-year-old son, James, was found dead in
a Florida apartment.
A Seattle Seahawks fan displays a sign of condolence for the Dungy family before the NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts Saturday, Dec. 24, 2005 in Seattle. Coach Tony Dungy traveled to Tampa on Thurday to deal with the death of his 18-year-old son, James.
capacity crowd of approximately 67,000
A team in mourning was no match for one with so much to gain.
The Colts, who already own home field in the AFC playoffs, were without coach Tony Dungy. Dungy is in Tampa, Fla., where his son died Thursday in an apparent suicide.
Immediately after the game, Dungy called seeking team president Bill Polian.
"It was right away, no sooner than I got in here," Polian said inside a Colts' locker room that was subdued, but not entirely quiet or devoid of banter.
Polian said Dungy "sounded good. He watched all of it and said it helped him to root the team on."
"He wanted the players to know how proud he was of their effort."
Polian said one of the first things Dungy told him was, "Now I understand why you get so frustrated watching."
"Then he startied talking a bit about some of the officiating calls," Polian said, smiling and shaking his head.
The Seahawks' 11th straight victory came against a depleted Indianapolis team without Pro Bowlers Marvin Harrison, Cato June and Bob Sanders - and with Pro Bowl quarterback Peyton Manning playing just one quarter.
Sorgi, throwing his first passes since a meaningless 2004 regular-season finale at Denver, completed 22 of 31 throws for 237 yards and a late touchdown to Troy Walters.
Indy also rested Pro Bowl defensive end Dwight Freeney. Allthough he not listed on the injury report, Freeney did not start and played very little.
The Colts (13-2) set off for Tampa, Fla., to rejoin Dungy for Tuesday's funeral. Their coach has been there since Thursday, hours after his 18-year-old son James was found dead. The funeral is scheduled for Tuesday.
"We're going to come out in force," receiver Brandon Stokley said.
The players wore on their helmets a white decal with a black horseshoe with the letters JD inside.
First-year assistant head coach Jim Caldwell is filling in for Dungy.
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