Andrew Luck Leads Colts To 40-24 Victory Over Giants

Intro: Some serious momentum returned to the Colts on Monday night. Thanks to a 40-24 win over the Giants, the Colts moved to 6-3 heading into their bye week.


INDIANAPOLISFirst Quarter Recap

The Giants won the toss and elected to receive.

A solid kick return by the Giants didn't result in any points. The Colts got a nice pass breakup from Greg Toler to force an early punt.

The Colts began the road contest with an 11-play drive as Andrew Luck completed six of eight passes for 52 yards on the first series. Adam Vinatieri capped the drive with a 48-yard field goal, marking the 23rd straight made field goal for the future Hall of Famer. With 7:07 left in the first quarter, the Colts led 3-0.

Looking for some pass rush to disrupt Eli Manning, the Colts got it on their second defensive series. It was Andy Studebaker, filling in for the injured Erik Walden, who got to Manning to force an errant throw.

A Griff Whalen punt return of 15 yards gave the Colts promising field position but they couldn't take advantage of that. On the drive, Reggie Wayne did catch a pass for 11 yards to move him up to eighth on the NFL's all-time receiving list with 14,011 yards.

The Colts had flipped field position though and it came in handy when Josh Chapman forced a fumble of Andre Williams. However, four different Colts players missed chances to fall on the loose ball. The Giants went three-and-out.

More good field position for the Colts didn't result in any points as the visitors went three-and-out for the first time all night.

At the end of the first quarter, the Colts led the Giants 3-0.Second Quarter Recap

The Colts defense showed early on why the unit leads the NFL in getting off the field on third downs. New York misfired on its first four third-down attempts.

This time, the offense thanked the defense with some points. A 21-yard completion by Coby Fleener was followed by a quick snap from the Colts offense. The Giants defense was clearly caught off guard and Fleener was wide open for a 32-yard touchdown. The Colts now led 10-0 with 14:14 to go in the second quarter.

New York would follow with its best possession of the night but thanks to a nice down the field play from Vontae Davis, and pressure on Eli Manning, the Colts forced a fifth straight punt.

Now, it was the Giants who were playing with a short field. The Colts couldn't do anything to change that as a three-and-out was followed by a 52-yard punt from Pat McAfee.

Eli Manning and the Giants finally took advantage of the field position in their favor. Josh Brown knocked home a 38-yard field to cut the Colts lead to 10-3 with 7:07 left in the first half.

In a game that felt like it could have been a bigger lead than just seven points, the Colts padded that on the following drive. A 31-yard field goal from Adam Vinatieri pushed the Colts lead to 13-3 with 3:32 remaining in the second quarter.

For a quarterback that had been playing very solid in 2014, Eli Manning could not get on the same page with his receivers. It was another three-and-out for the Giants offense as Manning was 8-of-22 for 91 yards at this point in the night.

The Adam Vinatieri streak wasn't ending. Vinatieri knocked home a 48-yard field goal to extend the Colts lead to 16-3 late in the first half.

New York wanted late half points but the Colts defense wasn't allowing it. Rookie Jonathan Newsome took down Eli Manning for the Colts first sack of the night and that forced another Giants punt.

At halftime, the Colts led the Giants 16-3.Third Quarter Recap

The Colts kept the momentum on the visiting sideline with an eight-play 84-yard drive with another highlight for T.Y. Hilton. The player known for his elite speed went up and stole one by taking away a potential interception with a 31-yard touchdown catch. The score gave the Colts a 23-3 lead with 11:50 to go in the third quarter.

New York answered with its most impressive drive of the evening. A 59-yard reception by rookie Odell Beckham Jr. set up the Giants offense. Fellow rookie Andre Williams dove in from a yard out to bring the third quarter lead back to 13 points.

A slow start to the first half was nowhere to be found in the second. The Colts kept things going with an eight-play, 80-yard drive. A pair of third-down conversions were vital on this scoring series. The second one came with Reggie Wayne hauling in a 40-yard touchdown. It was the 25th touchdown of the season for Andrew Luck, setting a single-season career-high with a little less than half of the season remaining. The score gave the Colts a 30-10 lead with 6:09 to go in third quarter.

It was time for the Colts defense to get involved with a massive turnover. Rookie Jonathan Newsome was cued up again off the edge. His strip/sack of Eli Manning led to Sergio Brown picking up the bouncing ball and returning it down to the Giants four-yard line. Two players later, Dwayne Allen was left all alone in the end zone for his seventh touchdown catch of the season. The Colts now led 37-10 with 4:31 left in the third.

The Colts defense continued to put up an effort that was seen during the team's five-game winning streak. Giants punter Steve Weatherford rounded out the third quarter with his eighth punt of the night.

At the end of the third quarter, the Colts led the Giants 37-10.Fourth Quarter Recap

Adam Vinatieri continued his perfect season with a 46-yard field goal, brining his total to 20-for-20 on the year. The Colts now led 40-10 with 13:23 to go in the fourth quarter.

With MetLife Stadium emptying out, the Giants scored their second touchdown of the evening. An 11-play, 80-yard drive ended with Giants tight end Larry Donnell catching a five-yard touchdown from Eli Manning.

The Giants tacked on a late touchdown with rookie wide receiver Corey Washington scoring on a one-yard touchdown reception..

The 40-24 win for the Colts moved their record to 6-3 at the bye week.Colts Inactives

25-Jalil Brown

57-Josh McNary

62-Khaled Holmes

64-Jamon Meredith

73-Kelcy Quarles

93-Erik Walden

97-Arthur Jones

Colts Pre-Game Notes

-The Colts are looking to head into their bye week at 6-3, with a two-game lead in the AFC South.Weather Update

-Reports from MetLife Stadium have temperatures in the high 40s with clear skies.

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