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Late FG downs Colts in preseason opener

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Andrew Furney's 51-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter gave the New York Jets a 13-10 win over the Indianapolis Colts in both team's preseason opener Thursday night.

Andrew Luck led the Colts to a field goal before being taken out of the game after one series. He completed four of his five pass attempts for 53 yards on the drive. After the Jets matched the Colts on the scoreboard, Matt Hasselbeck took over under center.

After going three-and-out on his first drive, Hasselbeck led Indianapolis on a nine-play, 80-yard drive, ending with a 12-yard touchdown pass to Daniel "Boom" Herron for a 10-3 lead. The Jets answered with an 80-yard drive of their own to even the score.



"I'm very pleased. I told them before the game, told them all, but Boom's been practicing really well. He's had a great camp up until this first preseason game, so I'm not surprised at all that he played the way that he played," head coach Chuck Pagano said. "We always talk that you play like you practice and he's been doing great. He's been having a great camp and you could see the results tonight in what he did on the football field."

Neither team scored in the third quarter and deep into the fourth, until Furney's kick gave the Jets their first lead and the win with a little more than a minute to play.

The Colts had two offensive linemen leave the game with injuries, as Khaled Holmes and Ulrick John were both hurt in the first half. Linebacker Daniel Adongo and defensive tackle Jeris Pendleton were also injured.

"By the second quarter, we're down two on the O-line," head coach Chuck Pagano said. "We've got our work cut out for us. We'll get home and we'll assess the damage, see the extent of those injuries and make the necessary moves that we have to make. But I'm proud of the guys that stepped up and went in and played. We had a bunch of young guys that played an extended period of time."

"We're lucky that we started off the season with as good a depth as we did. Jonotthan (Harrison) is going to have to step in there at center, who is more than capable of getting the job done, so we're happy to have him in there," said tackle Anthony Castonzo. "It definitely hurts our depth with Ulrick going down, but different guys are going to have to step in. It's how the league goes and, obviously, we wish a speedy recovery for those guys."

Indianapolis returns to preseason action next Saturday (August 16) at Lucas Oil Stadium against the New York Giants.
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