Anatomy Of The Drives: Giants Edition

Intro: The “Anatomy Of The Drives” series is back. Here’s a look at the four touchdown drives the Colts had in their 40-24 win over the Giants on Monday night.



Coby Fleener's 32-yard touchdown catch from Andrew LuckThe scene: Leading 3-0 with 14:42 left in the second quarter, the Colts took over at their own 32-yard line.The anatomy of the drive: 2 plays for 68 yards in 1:04.Key play: Thanks to a stout defense early and often on Monday night, the Colts offense had plenty of chances. On this drive, the Colts benefited from a 15-yard facemask penalty before Coby Fleener did the rest. The first play from Fleener came on a 21-yard grab where the third-year tight end held on to the football despite the Giants wanting to challenge the call.The score: With the Giants defense thinking the challenge flag was going to be thrown, Andrew Luck took advantage. He ushered the Colts quickly to the line of scrimmage before hiking the ball. Normally, the offense isn't too in-sync on such a play but the Colts knew exactly what they were doing. Fleener was wide open for the 32-yard touchdown to give the Colts a two-score lead they wouldn't relinquish the rest of the night.


T.Y. Hilton's 31-yard catch from Andrew LuckThe scene:Leading 16-3 to start the third quarter, the Colts took over at their own 16-yard line.The anatomy of the drive:8 plays for 84 yards in 3:10.Key play:A 10-point halftime lead for the Colts felt like it should have been a little more with some squandered first half chances. The third quarter left no doubt though. It started on an early third down with Andrew Luck finding the reliable Dwayne Allen. It was a beautiful fingertip grab by Allen for 35 yards and led to the dominant quarter.The score:The eight-play drive would eventually reach a second-and-15 but there was no panic from the Colts offense. Instead, Luck turned to the big-play man in T.Y. Hilton. We've seen Hilton's speed on display so often in 2014 but here it was the 5-9 receiver going up and taking away a potential interception away from cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie for the 31-yard touchdown. It was just another highlight to add to the Pro Bowl type season Hilton is constructing.**


Reggie Wayne's 40-yard catch from Andrew LuckThe scene:Leading 23-10 with 9:48 to play in the third quarter, the Colts took over at their own 20-yard line.The anatomy of the drive:8 plays for 80 yards in 3:39.Key play:** The night for Coby Fleener was just another indication of Andrew Luck's willingness to spread the football around. Fleener led the Colts with four catches for 77 yards (also a team-high 11 targets) on Monday night. On this touchdown drive, Fleener caught a critical 11-yard reception on a third-and-eight to extend another third-quarter touchdown drive.The score:Three plays later, the Colts faced a third-and-five and it was time to find the security blanket. Reggie Wayne returned to the lineup on Monday night and his calming influence took center stage on this play. Wayne flashed those consistent hands to haul in a first-down completion. The 14-year veteran saw plenty of green turf down the sideline and scampered for a 40-yard touchdown. Wayne's 70 receiving yards on the night gives him 14,070 career receiving yards, moving him to eighth place on the all-time list.


Dwayne Allen's 2-yard catch from Andrew LuckThe scene:Leading 30-10 with 5:20 left in the third quarter, the Colts took over at the Giants 4-yard line.The anatomy of the drive:2 plays for 4 yards in 0:49.Key play:In the next chapter of "Next Man Up," it was time for rookie Jonathan Newsome to fill a void. Newsome had two sacks on the night and the rookie's strip/sack of Eli Manning set up the Colts final touchdown. The Ball State product got Manning from the blind side and the bouncing ball was scooped up by Sergio Brown and returned 26 yards down to the Colts four-yard line.The score:** The presence of Ahmad Bradshaw certainly made the Giants defense think twice on this play. A perfectly executed fake dive from Bradshaw left Dwayne Allen smiling wide open in the end zone. Allen, who now has seven receiving touchdowns on the season, pointed right at Bradshaw after catching the touchdown knowing that No. 44 deserved the attention for selling the fake.

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