East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Andrew Luck tossed a pair of touchdown
passes and the Indianapolis Colts' defense didn't allow one for the game in
defeating the New York Giants, 20-12, on Sunday at Metlife Stadium.
Luck played four series, leading the Colts to scores on each of his last
three. He ended 9-of-13 for 107 yards, with Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton each
hauling in a touchdown in the Colts' first win of the preseason.
Giants starting wide receiver Hakeem Nicks made his preseason debut following
an injury plagued 2012 season. He made a pair of 20-yard catches, both of
which leading to field goals from Josh Brown, who accounted for all of New
York's points in going a perfect 4-for-4 on kicks for the night.
Eli Manning played into the second quarter and ended 8-of-17 for 91 yards with
an interception on the night. New York also saw some key offensive starters
leave with injuries in the first quarter, with wide receiver Victor Cruz
bruising his heel and center David Baas straining his left knee. Neither
player returned after exiting.
An unbelievable catch from Wayne on the Colts' second possession gave them a
7-3 lead. Luck short armed a throw toward the receiver near the goal line
and Giants cornerback Aaron Ross should have picked it off, but he bobbled the
football and Wayne deflected it to himself in the end zone for the score.
Greg Toler's interception of Manning led to an Adam Vinatieri 52-yard field
goal. After quickly getting the ball back, the Colts grabbed a 17-3 lead early
in the second quarter when Luck fired an 18-yard strike to Hilton for a score.
Manning's final drive culminated in a 15-play series that ended on Brown's 27-
yard boot to make it 17-6. Brown then kicked a 45-yarder through before
halftime, set up by Jayron Hosley's 37-yard interception return of Matt
Hasselbeck, to make it a one-score game.
However, the offenses for both teams cooled in the second half. Brandon
McManus kicked a 50-yard field with 5:45 left in the third for Indianapolis
and Brown converted his last kick of the night on a 47-yard try with 8:43
remaining in regulation.