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Falcons top Colts in American Bowl

Matt Schaub tossed two touchdown passes Saturday as the Atlanta Falcons defeated the Indianapolis Colts 27-21 in the American Bowl in Tokyo, Japan.

Oddsmakers had pegged this preseason opener as a pick’em. The combined score went OVER the game’s posted total (40.5).

Schaub completed 11 of 13 pass attempts for 115 yards for Atlanta, tossing TD strikes to Brian Finneran and Fred McCrary. Michael Vick was good on 4 of 7 pass attempts for 51 yards on the day, and was intercepted once. Jason Wright had a TD run, and Todd Peterson added two field goals in the win.

Peyton Manning went 6 of 8 for 36 yards passing for Indianapolis, while Travis Brown completed 10 of 14 pass attempts for 136 yards. Each threw a TD pass and was picked off once. John Standeford and Troy Walters had one touchdown reception each. Kendyll Pope returned a fumble for Indy’s other score.

The Colts next return home to continue their preseason schedule against the Buffalo Bills on Saturday. The Falcons also next play on Saturday, when they will host the Baltimore Ravens.