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Giants at Colts halftime score: Giants jump out to surprising 17-7 lead

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NFL: New York Giants at Indianapolis Colts Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants have jumped out to a surprising 17-7 lead over the Indianapolis Colts in Sunday’s game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Who are these Giants and where were they ... the whole season? That’s the question as the Giants (5-9) stunned the Colts (8-6) in the first quarter with a pair of excellent touchdown drives to start the game. The Giants started the game by forcing a pair of three and outs, while methodically driving down the field to score a pair of touchdowns. The first on a short Saquon Barkley run, the second on a quick pass to Scott Simonson.

The Colts got things going in the second quarter, scoring a touchdown of their own.

A week after dropping three passes, Sterling Shepard has been the player of the game for the Giants. The third-year receiver caught passes of 55 and 20 yards, repeatedly helping to keep Giants’ drives alive and creating big plays to hurt the Colts’ defense.

The Giants obviously don’t trust their offensive line to hold up to the Colts’ front seven, but are making excellent use of misdirection and quick passes to keep the pressure away from Eli Manning. The scheme has been working, and Manning has played efficient football. Manning is 13-of-18 for 176 yards and a touchdown.

Mario Edwards Jr. left the game with a calf injury. Colts’ center Ryan Kelly is questionable to return with a neck injury.

The Giants will get the ball to start the second half.