On Sunday night, the New York Giants returned home to MetLife Stadium for the first time since December when they closed out the 2012 season in a 42-7 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. Their opponents, the up-and-coming Indianapolis Colts, who on Sunday, got the better of the Giants 20-12 in the second week of preseason.
- Josh Brown was 4-for-4 in field goal attempts for the Giants, as he made kicks from 25, 27, 45 and 47 yards and is currently 7-for-8 in the preseason and looking good as the team's new kicker.
- David Wilson had a much better game for the Giants and really exploded when he hit the hole on carries. Wilson had eight carries for 34 yards and two catches for 21 yards, although no touchdowns in the game. Wilson can be a major factor in the passing game in 2013.
- Adewale Ojomo took another step towards making the Giants and being a potential backup defensive end with six total tackles with three for a loss. That kind of play will certainly catch Tom Coughlin and Perry Fewell's attention when evaluating the game film.
- Jayron Hosley intercepted a pass by Colts backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck late in the third quarter intended for running back Donald Brown.
- Hakeem Nicks looked solid in his first game back for the Giants in the preseason, as he had two catches for 40 yards.
- Victor Cruz was not seriously hurt after he had to leave the game early in the first half after having a Colts defender land on his heel, a play that turned out to be a pass interference call against Indianapolis. Cruz left the game, but only as a precautionary.
- Eli Manning was 8-for-17 with no touchdowns and an interception and was outplayed in the game by Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, who had two touchdown catches. Manning did not look sharp in the game and was getting knocked around when in the game for the Giants.
- Aaron Ross nearly had a touchdown-saving interception while covering Reggie Wayne, but the ball bounced off Ross' hands, then off Wayne's hands and into his arms for a first-quarter touchdown that put Indianapolis up 7-3.
- Andre Brown failed to convert on a 4th-and-1 early in the first quarter on the Colts seven-yard-line. Brown's specialty is getting short and tough yards and not getting the first down was a tough blow to the team who failed to keep their drive going.
- No touchdowns scored by the offense in the entire game. The Giants are supposed to have one of the more explosive offenses in the game but were held to four field goals in the 20-12 loss to the Colts
- David Diehl did not have a great game starting at right tackle, as Colts pass rushers were able to get to Manning and either took him down for a sack or had him scrambling around and throwing the ball away for incomplete passes.
- Tom Coughlin gets a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct call for being too far onto the field, which he was apologetic for, but the whole team as a general made too many penalties; 10 for 96 yards, which is very un-Coughlin like football.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Josh Brown, K
In a tough loss like this where the offense didn't score any touchdowns, Brown has the tough task of filling Lawrence Tynes' shoes in needing to be that consistent kicker the team could turn to and put points on the board, and he did his job by nailing four field goals against the Colts; two from short distance and two from much longer distance.
OVERALL PERFORMANCE GRADE:
Tom Coughlin was not pleased at all with his team's performance, as they looked sloppy and made too many penalties. When the offense doesn't score a single point, you can't expect to win many games, if any at all, and it was not a pretty one for the Giants in their first home game of the summer. The only thing the Giants can do is take the game film and learn from their mistakes. Overall, a very poor night for the Giants altogether.
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