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Matt Hasselbeck beat the Houston Texans despite being incredibly ill

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The Indianapolis Colts had to do without star quarterback Andrew Luck during their Thursday Night Football game against the Houston Texans.

The Colts nearly had to do without Luck's backup Matt Hasselbeck, who had to be placed on an IV earlier in the week while suffering with an awful-sounding virus.

Indianapolis managed to get the win anyway, with Hasselbeck under the center throwing a pair of touchdown passes to veteran receiver Andre Johnson. Not bad for a 40-year-old who looked on death's door just moments before kickoff. 

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According to Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, Hasselbeck was "literally" on his deathbed earlier in the week.

“He was literally on his deathbed Monday/Tuesday and mustered up enough to come in Wednesday and practice,” Pagano said. “He was getting IVs and fighting a virus and the grittiest performance I’ve seen in a long, long time.”

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Hasselbeck's teammates backed up the coaches words, with terms like zombie being bandied about to describe the veteran's condition.

“He didn’t look good, man,” offensive tackle Joe Reitz said. “He was sitting there like a zombie.” “Looked like warmed-over death,” added Adam Vinatieri.

We'll leave the final quotes to the quarterback himself, who served up a quite incredible description of his illness.

“Lots of stuff coming out of the attic, then a lot of stuff coming out the basement,” is how Hasselbeck put it. Lovely.

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