John Fennelly, Lead Writer
The Giants lost to the Colts at MetLife tonight, 20-12, in a game that had preseason written over it. For the Giants, that is.
Injuries and errors marred an uneven effort by the Giants who had WR Victor Cruz (heel), C David Bass (knee) and DE Justin Tuck (hamstring) leave the game with injuries. Backup OL Eric Herman was going for x-rays after the game for an unknown injury.
The usually clean Giants committed ten penalties for 96 yards. Not going to go over well with Tom Coughlin, who drew one of those himself for being on the field trying to call a timeout right before halftime.
The Giants also are usually the team that benefits from big plays, but tonight those plays went against them.
In the first quarter, Colts’ WR Reggie Wayne scored a TD on a muffed interception by Giants’ CB Aaron Ross in one of the most bizarre plays you’ll ever see. How Ross did not hold onto the pass is puzzling enough, never mind why he popped it back up for Wayne to snag….
In the second quarter, Colts’ QB Andrew Luck found a mismatch when he hit WR T.Y. Hilton in the right corner of the end zone for TD over Giant CB Jayron Hosley, who was twisted into knots trying to make a play. Again, Hosley’s height worked against him but he managed to semi-redeem himself with a pick against Colts backup QB Matt Hasselbeck.
The Giant offense was sluggish, with QB Eli Manning (8/17 for 91 yards and a pick) hurried into throws and not getting any traction. They went 3/15 on 3rd down conversions and missed on a 4th and inches on the Colts’ 7 when RB Andre Brown was stopped dead in his tracks attempting to go around left end.
The Giants could not capitalize on any of their red zone opportunities, going 0-4 on the night. Josh Brown hit four FGs for the Giants, but we already knew he could do that….the Giants would much rather have had TDs in those situations.