Originally created 07/30/00

Falcons win preseason match



INDIANAPOLIS -- 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.

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 early 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.

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.

Passes of 26, 17 and 7 yards to Harrison took Indianapolis to the Atlanta 24, and an offsides penalty on the Falcons and a 4-yard run by Edgerrin James took them to the 15 as the quarter ended. After a pass interference penalty on Henri Crockett put the Colts at the 10, Manning completed a pass of 6 yards to Marcus Pollard to set up the 4-yarder to Harrison for a 7-3 lead.

Atlanta had to punt on its next possession, but the ball bounced off Macklin and was recovered for the Falcons by Bob Christian at the Indianapolis 25. Kanell, who replaced starter Chris Chandler after the first Atlanta series, passed 7 yards to Jammi German and three plays later hit Kozlowski for the first touchdown.

Rookie Doug Johnson took over at quarterback at the start of the third quarter and completed passes of 23 and 19 yards to Finneran before rookie Jake Arians kicked a 20-yard field goal for a 13-7 lead.

Vanderjagt, who last year led the NFL in scoring and made his last 26 field goal attempts, hit a 42-yarder late in the third quarter and tied the game 13-13 with a 44-yard field goal early in the final period.

Kanell returned at quarterback after Vanderjagt's second field goal. Rookie Maurice Smith rushed four times, including 34 yards to the Indianapolis 26. Then, on third-and-10, Austin was called for a late hit on an incomplete pass, moving the Falcons half the distance to the goal. Kanell passed to Finneran two plays later for the winning score.