Matt Hasselbeck shine in Colts win


Matt Hasselbeck and Andre Johnson continue to show that age is just a number.

Hasselbeck, starting in place of the injured Andrew Luck for the second straight week, led the Colts to their second consecutive victory, 27-20 over the Houston Texans on Thursday.

In those two starts, the 40-year-old Hasselbeck has completed 48 of 76 passes for 495 yards and three touchdowns. What made his performance even more impressive is that he has been battling an illness that had him in the hospital earlier this week.

Hasselbeck choked up after the game and said, during a television interview, "I got nothing left."

Hasselbeck’s solid play has allowed the Colts to not rush Luck back into the lineup. Now Luck will have had three weeks off by the time the Colts play the New England Patriots on Oct. 18.

Hasselbeck later said he had a bacterial infection and was determined to play even though quarterback coach Clyde Christensen told him he didn't have to play.

"He knew that everybody was counting on him and I think it would have taken something really, really severe to keep him from playing in this one,” coach Chuck Pagano said. “That was one heck of a performance for a guy that was ailing big time.”

Hasselbeck got help from Johnson, a 34-year-old receiver motivated to show that he can still contribute. Johnson, who the Texans didn’t think could start anymore, had six catches for 77 yards and two touchdowns.

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