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Giants Come Back to Beat Indianapolis Colts 27-26; Referees Blow Out Elbows Throwing Flags

August 16th, 2014 at 10:40 PM
By Dan Benton

For the first time since Super Bowl XLVI, the New York Giants returned to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. However, unlike Super Bowl XLVI, their first-team performance against the Indianapolis Colts was very forgettable — as in, they wish they could forget it. Unfortunately for the players — at least the first and second stringers — that's not going to happen and their poor play will be relived multiple times beginning as early as Monday morning.

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With two preseason games already under their belt, Ben McAdoo and the new-look Giants offense installed their "full offense" against the Colts, which saw several new and unique formations. What it didn't see was a single level of success, as they went three-and-out to start the game — something that set the tone for the remainder of the game.

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Quarterback Eli Manning looked erratic and uncomfortable, the offensive line looked eerily similar to the 2013 version, wide receivers and tight ends couldn't hang onto the ball when it actually got to them, while penalties and turnovers really hurt the team both on offense and Special Teams. All told, Manning completed only one of his seven pass attempts, while Curtis Painter went one-for-five prior to the end of the half.

By halftime, the Giants had managed only 48 total yards with an average of 1.8 yards per play.

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Meanwhile, on the other side of the ball, the defense didn't fare much better, surrendering 177 total yards and two touchdowns in the first half. Their supremely talented secondary was torched to the rune of 18 or 29 for 135 yards, including five receptions and 53 yards for former Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks. Of course, those numbers could have been far worse had Nicks not taunted Trumaine McBride, costing him a 30+ yard reception.

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The second half started much the way the first half ended. The Giants offense struggled mightily, Special Teams coverage was suspect and the defense bent before eventually breaking. But the big stories were the injuries that began to pile up rapidly. Safety Quintin Demps (leg), offensive lineman Charles Brown (shoulder), defensive tackle Markus Kuhn (elbow) and safety Cooper Taylor (toe) all went down with injury, and the latter three would not return to the game. Of the group, Kuhn was sent for x-rays, while Taylor got a ride on the cart.

Cornerback Prince Amukamara also left the game in the first half with what the team called a "strained groin."

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Back on the field, it took the Giants until just about 10:00 remaining in the fourth quarter before they finally put some points on the board as Curtis Painter hit tight end Kellen Davis for a touchdown. Less than 30 seconds later, the Giants defense forced a fumble that was recovered in the endzone, narrowing the score to 26-14.

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The Giants would pull even closer with under 4:00 remaining in the game as quarterback Ryan Nassib rebounded from his poor play in recent weeks. He led the Giants on a 92-yard drive to bring the score within 26-21 and a quick defense stop gave them an entirely unexpected chance to the comeback win.

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Nassib would, again, drive the Giants right down the field with help from tight end Adrien Robinson — yes, Adrien Robinson — who pulled down two huge catches for first downs. The drive would then be capped with a touchdown pass to, who else, but Corey Washington who out-jumped his defender.

The Giants would go for two, but fail to convert, allowing the Colts one last opportunity to win it.

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Although a sloppy series, Indianapolis would work their way to the fringe of field goal range where they'd allow Pat McAfee to attempt a 64-yard field goal. Surprisingly, the kicker with a big leg came closer than expected, but ultimately, it would fall short, allowing the Giants to secure a shocking win after trailing 26-0 in the 4th quarter.

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12 Responses to “Giants Come Back to Beat Indianapolis Colts 27-26; Referees Blow Out Elbows Throwing Flags”

  1.  Dirt says:

    3-0 baby! No one else can say that!!

  2.  Krow says:

    There were times in the dark ages when we’d shine in pre-season … then be hopelessly tragic once the games were for real. This is uncomfortably reminiscent of those days. And in more ways than this one.

    •  GIANTT says:

      I was thinking exactly the same thing , as most of you might be able to tell , Im one of that really annoying overoptimistic group . I cut my teeth on the teams of the 70s and on when average was the high point the team strove for , but never quite made it . This teams play tonight was highly reminiscent of that era . One might ask , wherefore comes the enthusiasm ?
      I have been and seen the top of the Super Bowl mountain and I will put up with a lot of c–p to get to that point again . And boy was this game a load of c–p . I dont remember one play in the first half where I thought that was a good play . I just hope that its a case of still hiding the pffense but I doubt it .

      •  GIANTT says:

        Im reminded of Tampa in its formative years , thir coach was John Mckay
        He was asked what he thought of his teams execution in a particularly poorly played game , His answer ?
        ” Im in favor of it “

  3.  Krow says:

    Speaking only for myself I have to admit that I drank deeply of the kool-aid spring. I truly believed that the defense would be a top tier unit. And that the offense would steadily improve over the course of the season. I had myself convinced that by December we could be looking at a team making a major comeback. One that had was in position to make the playoffs. That belief was roughly shaken today.

  4.  Nosh.0 says:

    Only saw the first Q. But I’ve been feeling this way for a while and at some point you just have to call a spade a spade. Eli Manning has developed some really bad habits. For one he is not comfortable in the pocket. Even on plays where he has time. And equally concerning is that he’s holding the ball way too long.

    That TD throw Luck made in the first Q, threading the ball between 2 defenders, that was a vintage Eli throw. Now, I doubt he would even attempt a throw like that.

    #10, dating back to the 2nd half of 2012, looks like a QB who has lost his confidence. Not to overstate the obvious, but, if Eli does’t get his sh#t together we could be looking at a top 10 pick next spring. And if we’re drafting that high, we may be looking at signal callers.

    Obviously way too early to suggest something like that. It’s only preseason and I still expect this team to compete for the Division title. But this is absolutely a “prove you still got it” year for Eli Manning.

  5.  aikitim says:

    I turned it off in the 3rd quarter. It was unwatchable. And we WON!? WTF??

  6.  G-MenFan says:

    Yes, I like the “Flag” between paragraphs in this write-up, because watching this game was Unnecessary Roughness on the fans.

    I’m a patient guy with this team but this just plain stinks. The Mets are better than the Giants right now.

    Gad.

  7.  rlhjr says:

    Nicks made McBride look like a guy with a broken leg. They should have put James on him. Nicks looked like his old self. Cant wait to see if he get injured and tanks this season. I suspect not with Luck throwing him the ball.

    When the Giants did mount a pass rush against Luck, he simply side stepped or ran away from it and delivered the ball. It seems the defensive tackle position is in good hands. Now it’s the ends that are starting to look putrid. And that includes the JPP of JPP’s. Getting Beason back in not gong to help the unit if there is no pressure from the ends. The unit looks very good against the run.

    With or without Beatty, the remainder of the offensive line is not really making a good impression. Swartz for one never seems to hit the ground. Mosley is fighting but to no avail and Pugh looks average at best. The center is non descript and that is being kind. In two words, they suck.

    Eli is clearly not ready to lead this team to anything but the basement of the NFC least. If they carry this level of play into the season, they just might not win a game on the schedule. I don’t care what offense you put in. By this time the unit should be able to do the basics. These guys look like fish out of water. And it has nothing to do with the intelligence or lack there of attributed to the receivers.
    This is just bad football. With two minutes left in the first half, the Giants had zero (0) yards passing. The Jets will crucify this ball club next week.

  8.  michael says:

    It’s obvious that our guys who will never make the team are better than the Bills, Steelers and Colts guys who will never make the team.

  9.  michael says:

    Did Eli listen to David Carr stories for to long?

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