Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Hasselbeck played well last night to help his side win 27-20 against their divisional rivals the Houston Texans in the absence of starter Andrew Luck.
The 40-year-old threw for 213 yards and two touchdowns, completing 18 of his 29 attempts and averaging 7.3 yards-per-play and a QB rating of 107.4.
He did all this while battling against a virus which had kept him out of practice for the entire week. A truly remarkable achievement, but he didn't dedicate the win to himself for his efforts.
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Instead, Hasselbeck dedicated his second win this season as the starting quarterback to Michelle Bair, who lost her battle against cancer earlier in the day, in a touching tribute on twitter.
This great and classy gesture by the 40-year-old was received excellently by many on twitter, including New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson, and Hall of Famer and former Buffalo Bills running back Thurman Thomas.
The biggest challenge of the season to date is coming up next week for the Colts, as they will have to face the currently undefeated (at the time of writing) and very strong New England Patriots team, the side which knocked them out of the playoffs last year in the infamous AFC Championship game.
Revenge will be sweet if Luck or Hasselbeck is able to get the win and anything constructive for the AFC South franchise next Sunday. It could be the building blocks for the Colts to turn their season around and move into a more convincing position in the AFC playoff race.
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