Traveling to Indianapolis, the New York Giants had nothing to play for as the G-Men were eliminated from the playoffs after their shutout loss to the Tennessee Titans. The Colts have everything to play for as Indianapolis is trying to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Ghost of Giants defeats pops up again in another painful Big Blue loss.
Big Blue got off to a strong start as the defense forced a 3 and out and the offense responded with a 75-yard touchdown drive that culminated when rookie running back Saquon Barkley powered in from 1 yard out with 8:11 left in the 1st quarter. The Giants defense was able to duplicate their performance on the ensuing drives as Big Blue D forced a 3 and out that was followed by another Giants touchdown drive. Tight end Scott Simonson had the touchdown at 1:41 in the 1st quarter but the crucial play of the drive was on 3rd and 11 at the Giants own 38 as Sterling Shepard had a 55-yard reception that moved the chains and kept the drive alive.
The Colts were able to get on the scoreboard when Nyheim Hines had a 2-yard touchdown run at the 4:09 mark in the 2nd quarter. The G-Men were able to pad the lead on an Aldrick Rosas 40 yard field goal at the 1:10 mark of the 2nd quarter as the Giants entered intermission with a 17-7 lead.
The second half was a back and forth affair that started when Colts quarterback Andrew Luck connected with Dontrelle Inman from 2 yards out with 7:38 in the 3rd quarter making the score 17-14. The big play of the drive was a TY Hilton 55 catch and run that facilitated the touchdown drive. Big Blue responded on the ensuing drive as Eli Manning had a one-yard touchdown run at 3:42 in the 3rd quarter. The key player on the drive was tight-end Evan Engram as Engram had a catch for a first down on a 3rd and 5 and a 32-yard catch that placed the G-Men on the doorstep of the end zone.
The Colts did not falter as Marlon Mack ran by a blitzing safety Michael Thomas to bring the Colts to 24-21 with 32 seconds left in the 3rd. The Giants did have a penalty on cornerback Janoris Jenkins that negated a strip sack for Olivier Vernon that would have resulted in a Giants fumble recovery. The Giants did get a field goal with 9:20 left in the 4th quarter and set the tone for another dramatic finish for the Giants.
Penalties committed by the Giants in the 4th quarter enabled the Colts to squeak away with a victory. Setting up at their own 4-yard line 2 offensive penalties stammered the Giants drive as Scott Simenson was called for a false start on a 2nd and 7 and John Greco’s block in the back made it worse. Unable to get one first down the Giants had to punt away.
The Giants kept on giving the Colts opportunities and the Colts took advantage of those opportunities. First was when linebacker Tae Davis, who was exploited all game, was called for pass interference on a 3rd and 3. The next penalty was on B.W Webb who’s pass interference gave Indianapolis the ball at the Giants 1 yard line and Luck found Chester Rodgers.
Unfortunately, being hampered by wasting two earlier timeouts, the Giants offense took the field but could not respond as Eli Manning threw an interception to Malik Hooker which sealed the game. The Colts only had the lead for 55 seconds but that was the 55 seconds that mattered the most.