Matt Hasselbeck showed he can start if Andrew Luck isn't ready for Houston

Hasselbeck comes through for Colts, Yeldon career game for Jags

Colts reporter Mike Wells and Jaguars reporter Mike DiRocco give Colts quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and Jaguars running back T.J. Yeldon game balls for their performances.

INDIANAPOLIS -- The uncertainty of how Matt Hasselbeck would play as the Indianapolis Colts' starting quarterback was not surprising.

It was expected.

Not only because Hasselbeck had not started a game in nearly three years, but he's also older than every quarterback in the NFL at age 40.

But if Sunday's 16-13 overtime victory proved anything, it proved that it won't be the end of things if the Colts have to sit starting quarterback Andrew Luck for a second straight game because of his injured shoulder.

"I really just tried to approach it the same way I approach every game," Hasselbeck said. "Obviously it was little bit different with Andrew not practicing Wednesday and Thursday like he normally would. Really I didn't do anything different."

Luck's status for Thursday’s against the Houston Texans is still uncertain. Coach Chuck Pagano said his franchise quarterback is day-to-day and he'll work out at the team's facility Monday.

The Colts are in a tough position because they do play again in four days. And the defense they'll be going against won't be from Jacksonville. The Colts will be facing J.J. Watt, who has made things difficult for them the past few seasons. The last thing the Colts want to do is put Luck out there not completely healthy and risk taking a hit that causes further damage to his shoulder.

Resting Luck -- if necessary -- would give him a full three weeks in between games and have him hopefully ready for the Colts' game against the New England Patriots on Oct. 18.

Hasselbeck ran the offense effectively, erased the thoughts of his poor preseason and showed he can start for the short term if necessary. He was 30-of-47 for 282 yards and a touchdown. It's the first game this season the Colts have not thrown an interception, and the 282 yards passing are a season high.

"It was awesome to see Matt go out there," Colts 42-year-old kicker Adam Vinatieri said. "He prepared like a guy that expected to get on the field and he did everything he needed to lead the team. I know it's been a while since he got a start because we have a great young quarterback here. I think myself and everybody in this locker room had all the confidence in the world that he could go out there and lead this team, and he did."

Hasselbeck's best throw downfield was when he completed a 28-yard pass to tight end Coby Fleener in overtime. He was 3-of-11 for 52 yards on the rest of his throws of at least 15 yards downfield. What Hasselbeck did was play it safe by throwing the ball underneath. He was 18-of-21 for 95 yards and a touchdown on throws of five yards of less. He was a perfect 13-of-13 on those throws in the second half.

"Ever since I came in, I was like, this guy can really spin the ball," receiver Donte Moncrief said. "I knew Matt would do good. He's been in the game for a long time. He's done the things he's done to be here for a long time, so I had trust in him from the jump. He knew what it took to finish the game."

Hasselbeck was expecting to hear from some of his former teammates who are now retired after he showed he can still get the job done at 40.

"That really brightens my day just hearing from those guys and how fired up they get from the fact that one of us is still going," Hasselbeck said.