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Age Wins Out in the End as Daniel Saves the Colts

September 02, 1996|From Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — For an old man, Eugene Daniel can still make big plays on defense.

The 35-year-old Indianapolis cornerback broke up two desperation end zone passes in the closing seconds as the Colts held off the Arizona Cardinals, 20-13, on Sunday.

"Rob Moore has been their go-to man for the last two years, and the whole preseason they were going to him," Daniel said of his defense against the Cardinals' veteran receiver.

"The last couple of plays, I was just trying to get it down and not give him a chance to get to the ball. Without a doubt, why wouldn't they go to him? I knew they were going to him."

The loss spoiled the NFL coaching debut of Vince Tobin, who was the Colts' defensive coordinator last year, and it gave Lindy Infante a victory in his first game since he succeeded Ted Marchibroda as coach of the Colts.

Jim Harbaugh, who left the game late in the second quarter with a bruised arm after passing to Zack Crockett for one touchdown, returned in the second half and passed 35 yards to rookie Marvin Harrison for another score. He completed 16 of 25 for 196 yards.

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