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Giants-Colts final score: Giants lose to Indianapolis in final minute, 28-27

Andrew Luck leads late drive as Giants fall short of upset bid

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.

Manning finished 25-of-33 for 309 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

The Giants are 5-10. The Colts are 9-6.

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.

Injury updates

  • 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.

What’s next?

The Giants will finish their season by hosting the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium in a 1 p.m. ET game.

Original article: https://www.bigblueview.com/2018/12/23/18154009/giants-colts-final-score-giants-lose-to-indianapolis-in-final-minute-28-27

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