Archive for Sunday, July 30, 2000

NFL Preseason Roundup

Atlanta capitalizes on Colts’ mistakes, 20-13

July 30, 2000


Danny Kanell threw for two touchdowns following big mistakes by Indianapolis as the Atlanta Falcons beat the Colts 20-13 Saturday night in both teams' preseason opener at Indianapolis.

The first touchdown pass, 14 yards to Brian Kozlowski in the second quarter, was set up when Colts rookie David Macklin bobbled a punt that the Falcons recovered at the Indianapolis 25.

Then, with the score tied midway through the fourth period, a personal foul on Billy Austin gave Atlanta the ball at the Colts 13, where Kanell passed to Brian Finneran for the winning TD.

The only Indianapolis touchdown was on a 4-yard pass from Peyton Manning to Marvin Harrison in the second quarter.

Neither team used its starters much beyond that point, and the only other scores for the Colts came on a pair of field goals by Mike Vanderjagt. Vanderjagt, who led the NFL in scoring last year, hit a 42-yarder late in the third quarter and tied the game 13-13 with a 44-yarder in the fourth.

Five of Manning's six completions were to Harrison, four on the Colts' scoring drive that started late in the first quarter after a 21-yard field goal by the Falcons' Morten Andersen.

Jets 24, Saints 20

Vaughn Sanders' 1-yard run with 1:17 left capped a 72-yard touchdown drive led by fellow rookie Chad Pennington as New York overcame four turnovers to beat New Orleans in a preseason opener at East Rutherford, N.J.

The Jets converted seven of 10 third-down plays and moved the ball well all night as their three quarterbacks Vinny Testaverde, Ray Lucas and Pennington combined to complete 25 of 33 passes.

But New York fell behind 20-17 with 4:56 left on Chad Morton's 77-yard punt return before Pennington, who was 10-for-13 passing, led the decisive drive.

The Saints were hit with three possibly season-ending injuries. Starting tight end Cam Cleeland tore his left Achilles' tendon, starting free safety Rob Kelly broke his right leg and cornerback Steve Israel broke his left leg.

Testaverde, in his first game appearance since he ruptured an Achilles' tendon in the Jets' season-opener last Sept. 12, gave the Saints a touchdown late in the first quarter, underthrowing a short pass that was intercepted by Sammy Knight and returned 65 yards.

Testaverde came back on the first play after the kickoff and passed over the middle to Wayne Chrebet, who outraced the secondary for a 75-yard touchdown. Testaverde finished 5-for-9 for 131 yards.

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