Giants squander a 14-point lead in loss to Colts, losing 28-27

Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

Andrew Luck Leads Colts to Late drive as Giants come up short in loss

INDIANAPOLIS, IN--The Giants had the Colts right where they wanted them.

Up 14 points after one quarter of play, the Colts battled back, and, in the end, it was a 1-yard touchdown pass by quarterback Andrew Luck to Chester Rogers with 55 seconds left that put the final nail in the Giants coffin this week.

The Giants, who were without receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Russell Shepard, got big days out of tight end Evan Engram (113 yards ion six catches) and Sterling Shepard (87 yards on six receptions) while quarterback Eli Manning finished his day 25 of 33 for 309 yards, 1 touchdown.

Manning, who also threw a killer interception in the game—more on that in a moment—was not sacked. Meanwhile running back Saquon Barkley was held to 43 yards on 21 carries.

A major turning point in the game came in the third quarter with the Colts driving and the ball on the Giants 15-yard line, the Giants nursing a 10-point lead. Giants linebacker Olivier Vernon sacked Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and stripped him of the ball. Meanwhile Giants defensive lineman B.J. Hill pounced on the ball at the Giants 22-yard line.

However, a little yellow flag came fluttering in away from the play, the call being defensive holding against Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins., That penalty negated the turnover and gave the Colts fresh set of downs on the Giants 10-yard line where two plays later, running back Marlon Mack checked into the end zone on a 3-yard run to make it 24-21 Giants.

The Giants would score their final points of the game at the top of the fourth quarter when they got a 27-yard field goal from Aldrick Rosas to make it 27-21. But Luck and the Colts took their first lead of the game later on in the quarter in a 1-yard touchdown pass to receiver Chester Rogers.

That scoring drive was kept alive by two defensive pass interference penalties, the first called on rookie linebacker Tae Davis, who got the start at inside linebacker with Alec Ogletree sidelined, and the second coming against cornerback B.W. Webb which set up the 1st-and-goal at his own 1-yard line.

The Giants still had a chance to pull back the win, but on their final drive of the game, Manning tried to connect with receiver Bennie Fowler, who was triple covered down the middle of the field. Malik Hooker came up with the turnover and the Colts iced the win.


Tight end Rhett Ellison left the game in the second half with a concussion.

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After reading your excellent analysis of the Colts game, one is left with a few long-term concerns:

  1. No one on our offensive line seems to be a reliable, complete player. Either they can pass block, or run block, but not both. Some can do neither.

  2. The coaches seems to mis-handle the personnel. Having Goodson cover scat backs, for example.

  3. The defense just isn't very good. The defensive backs are constantly getting beaten and the pas rush remains at zero threat levels.

  4. The quarterback is our best player and he is 37.

It seems we have so much re-building to do that we can't possibly consider giving up draft picks to get in a position to select a future QB. The team needs about 10 impact players, and we shall likely get one or two in the draft. Our strengths are where it doesn't matter much; running back and wide receivers.

Without reliable blocking, nothing can regularly occur on offense. And with a defense that can't ever make a critical stop, the losses will just pile up. It is like we have built an airplane that can sometimes, almost fly.