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Age Nothing But A Number To Matt Hasselbeck, Adam Vinatieri

Intro: On Sunday afternoon, the Colts relied on the oldest current player in the NFL (Adam Vinatieri) and the oldest quarterback (Matt Hasselbeck). What all went into the Colts 16-13 overtime victory on Sunday?


INDIANAPOLIS – By NFL standards, they are senior citizens.

Forty-year olds aren't supposed to be playing in NFL games, especially ones who began their careers simply scratching for a roster spot.

On Sunday afternoon, much of Lucas Oil Stadium watched guys similar in age do things those in the crowd dream about.

At quarterback, 40-year old Matt Haaselbeck turned back the clock to do the leading and 42-year old Adam Vinatieri did the ice-water kicking, ultimately helping the Colts to a 16-13 overtime victory.

Hasselbeck's call to be under center on Sunday came following an on the field morning warmup session with Andrew Luck.

The Colts, who moved to 2-2 and to top the AFC South on Sunday, worked out Luck on Saturday morning, but with Luck's arm strength not fully ready, Hasselbeck was thrust into duty for the first time since 2012.

The definition of next man up is a trait of these Colts, yet that can be difficult to abide by week-after-week when you're playing behind the durable Luck.

With practice reps extremely rare with the first unit, Hasselbeck showed little rust on Sunday. He was 30-of-47 for 282 yards and a touchdown.

"I'm very, very proud of Matt and what he did," Chuck Pagano said after Hasselbeck's 153rd career start.

"The guy is a true pro and a winner and I'm glad we got him on our football team."

Behind the sound game from Hasselbeck and continued second-half stops from the Colts defense, the other 40-something would get his chance to send the faithful home happy.

Vinatieri's 54-yard field goal in the opening quarter gave the Colts an early 3-0 lead. It was also the 997th career point scored by Vinatieri in Indianapolis, setting a new team record.

That number would rise to 1,000 in overtime.

After Jacksonville kicker Jason Myers missed two game-winning field goals, Vinatieri connected from 27 yards out with 4:36 left in overtime, giving the Colts a 16-13 win.

The game-winner from Vinatieri was the 25th of his 20-year career and the kick also gave him the honor of being the first player in NFL history to score at least 1,000 points with two different teams.

"He's the GOAT (greatest of all time)," Erik Walden said of Vinatieri after the Colts second straight win.

"The GOAT. That's why we call him the GOAT."

With Vinatieri heading out of the Colts locker room on Sunday with a game ball coming his way, Hasselbeck was still in his football pants having just left the press conference room.

While Hasselbeck was standing at the podium fielding questions on Sunday afternoon, he was interrupted.

Interruptions in a press conference aren't usually a good thing, but this one was necessary.

"Hey, great win," Chuck Pagano said, poking his head inside the pressroom.

"Love you. So glad you're a Colt."

Pagano was saying what nearly 60,000 inside of Lucas Oil Stadium were thinking walking out of the Colts home on Sunday.

Somehow the Colts were 2-2, atop the AFC South at the season quarter pole, thanks to two men with more than 500 games of NFL experience.

"I actually got, I don't know why, I never get emotional over anything really (but) I got emotional running off the field," Hasselbeck said after the win.

"Just the reception that the Colts fans gave me, it was special."

Photos from the week 4 game against Jacksonville.

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