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August 13, 2013

Colts fall to Bills in preseason opener

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Indianapolis’ defense held, forcing a fumble of its own. Cornerback Josh Gordy came up with the ball. Backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck then directed the Colts on a 7-play, 18-yard drive which resulted in a 25-yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri.

The Bills tied it at 3-3 on its next possession as backup placekicker Dustin Hopkins connected on a 24-yard kick, closing out a 9-play, 46-yard drive.

Hasselbeck responded by leading Indianapolis on a 4-play drive, culminating in a 45-yard touchdown pass to a diving T.Y. Hilton, who caught the ball on the 1-yard line and rolled into the end zone.

As far as the Colts were concerned, that was pretty much the extent of the highlights. There was a 44-yard field goal by Vinatieri midway through the second quarter and a 72-yard fumble return for a touchdown by rookie free agent cornerback Daxton Swanson early in the fourth quarter.

The rest of the afternoon belonged to Buffalo.

How bad did it get? How about a 107-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Marquiese Goodwin, a 17-yard touchdown reception by Dorin Dickerson, a 6-yard TD catch by Da’Rick Rogers, a 30-yard field goal by Rian Lindell, a 5-yard touchdown by Brandon Kaufman and a 17-yard interception return by Jumal Rolle.

Pretty, it wasn’t.

Luck started the game at quarterback for Indianapolis and he left after completing 4-of-passes for 51 yards. Hasselbeck connected on 4-of-8 throws for 75 yards and a touchdown. Second-year quarterback Chandler Harnish went the rest of the way, completing 14-of-33 passes for 109 yards and an interception.

Rookie EJ Manuel started at quarterback for the Bills and played relatively well, connecting on 16-of-21 passes for 107 yards and one TD. Fellow rookie Jeff Tuel went the rest of the way, completing 19-of-23 passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns.

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