The New York Giants did not trail until the final minute on Sunday but couldn’t finish the deal, falling to the Indianapolis Colts 28-27.
A 1-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Luck to Chester Rogers gave the Colts their only lead of the day with 55 seconds left. That capped an eight-play, 53-yard scoring drive aided by Giants’ penalties on Tae Davis and B.W. Webb.
An Eli Manning pass down the middle for Bennie Fowler was intercepted by Malik Hooker with 23 seconds left to end the Giants’ upset hopes.
“We were just taking a shot down the field. We had three receivers up the field and they split the safeties on us and he tried to take a shot on them,” coach Pat Shurmur said of the interception. “I don’t fault that. We had to get the ball down the field anyways.”
Manning finished 25-of-33 for 309 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
“Those situations, you’re in a bit of – you’ve got to take a shot. You’ve got to take a chance and get a chunk play,” Manning said of the final throw. “I thought I threw a pretty good ball, but obviously not.”
The Giants are 5-10. The Colts are 9-6.
“It’s a tough game. You know they’re a good team and they have a good quarterback who can kind of score late on teams,” Manning said. “So I knew we were going to need to score more points. To not get a touchdown when we were down there that last time and had to settle for a field goal, it was tough. We got second-and-two from the five or six-yard line and then can’t get a first down. Then go backwards on second down. So we’ve got to do a better job there. Did a lot of good things throughout the course but obviously not just quite good enough.”
The Giants played hard, which Shurmur had emphasized all week, but didn’t get the end result.
“Right is right. You win or you lose and we didn’t win,” Shurmur said. “We will go back and we will clean up the film like we do every week and make corrections and move forward to Dallas. That’s what we’ll do. That’s the reality, that’s the big boy part of this – just keep working and you keep trying to get better and you keep trying to find ways to make plays at the end and both sides really all three sides.”
“We were able to execute in the first half and we didn’t do that in the second half,” said Saquon Barkley, who had just 43 yards rushing on 21 carries.
“Team fought hard and I take my hat off to the guys for that,” Sterling Shepard said. “We fought hard to the very end. Just came up a little short.”
Moments that mattered
Final drive penalties: On the Colts’ game-winning drive, linebacker Tae Davis committed a pass interference penalty on an incomplete third-and-3 pass that gave Indianapolis a first down at the Giants’ 46-yard line. Later, B.W. Webb committed a holding penalty in the end zone to set Indianapolis up at the 1-yard line.
Stopped in the red zone: The Giants drove the ball to the Indianapolis 7-yard line, but it remained a one-score game as the Giants settled for a 27-yard Aldrick Rosas field goal to make it 27-21 with 9:24 to play
Holding on Jackrabbit: A correctly called holding penalty on Janoris Jenkins negated a B.J. Hill fumble recovery after a sack/fumble caused by Olivier Vernon at the Giants’ 15-yard line. Two plays later, the Colts scored a touchdown to close within 24-21 with :32 seconds left in the third quarter.
Third-quarter answer: After Indianapolis had closed within 17-14 in the third quarter, the Giants drove 85 yards in eight plays to extend the lead to 24-14 with 3:46 left in the third quarter. The drive featured a third-and-five 8-yard pass to Evan Engram followed by a 32-yard completion to Engram that set up first-and-goal at the 1-yard line. Manning took it in from there on a quarterback sneak.
Curtis Riley with a pick: With Indianapolis trying to respond to the Giants’ fast start, Riley picked off an Andrew Luck pass in the end zone after the Colts had driven to the Giants’ 26-yard line. The interception, with 12:27 left in the half, kept the Giants’ 14-0 lead intact.
Two possessions, two touchdowns: The Giants scored touchdowns on their first two possessions, taking a 14-0 lead with 1:41 left in the first quarter. Saquon Barkley finished an 11-play, 75-yard drive with a 1-yard scoring run and an Eli Manning to Scott Simonson 3-yard pass finished off a 9-play, 87-yard drive to make the score 14-0 with 1:49 to play in the first quarter.
- Giants’ defensive end Mario Edwards suffered a calf injury in the first quarter and did not return. That left the Giants short-handed as Kerry Wynn (thumb) was inactive.
- The Giants lose tight end Rhett Ellison with a concussion in the third quarter.
The Giants will finish their season by hosting the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium in a 1 p.m. ET game.