Indianapolis Colts at New York Giants 11/3/14 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Andrew’s Week 9 NFL Breakdown and Analysis
November 3, 2014
Finishing off the Week 9 schedule in the NFL on “Monday Night Football,” we had an intriguing matchup between the Colts and the Giants. Indianapolis was coming off a shootout loss to the Steelers, while New York was resting and getting healthy with a bye in Week 8. In the end, this game wasn’t all that close.
Let’s check out some of the key players and statistics from this one so that we can figure out why things played out the way they did. Afterward, we’ll look ahead to Week 10 to see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: The Colts started out slowly, but picked up steam as the game wore on. The only scoring of the first quarter was an Adam Vinatieri 48-yard field goal to make it 3-0 heading into the second.
Coby Fleener scored early in the period on a 32-yard Andrew Luck pass (after a fortunate on-field call that was challenged too late). The Giants finally got on the board after a 38-yard Josh Brown field goal to make it 10-3, but that’s about as close as they would get to sniffing the lead. Vinatieri booted field goals of 31 and 48 yards to give the colts a 16-3 edge at halftime.
After the break, Luck and the gang turned it on, starting with a 31-yard T.Y. Hilton TD catch. New York responded on a 1-yard Andre Williams run TD, but Luck found Reggie Wayne (40 yards) and Dwayne Allen (2 yards) for a dominating 37-10 lead after three.
In the fourth, Vinatieri booted a 43-yarder for a 30-point lead. New York posted a couple of cosmetic touchdowns on a 5-yard pass to Larry Donnell and a 1-yard pass to Corey Washington, but it was too little, too late by then. The Colts avenged their blowout last week by a score of 40-24 here.
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The Stars: Luck is on quite a roll and now holds the franchise record for consecutive 300-yard passing games. He had 354 and four touchdowns here. Fleener (77 yards; TD), Hilton (71 yards; TD) and Wayne (70 yards; TD) were his favorite targets.
On the other side, Odell Beckham Jr. had the best game of his career with 156 receiving yards on eight grabs. Manning also had a good game statistically with 359 yards passing and a pair of scores, but that makes sense due to the fact that he was in comeback mode for most of the game.
The Goats: There’s all sorts of blame to go around in this one, from big drops by the receivers to the inability to contain the Colts’ pass rush to the lack of a ground game. Minus Manning’s one 18-yard run, the team combined for just 71 yards on 19 carries between four players. The blame is spread around pretty evenly here; there’s no one person to point the finger at.
Injuries: The Giants have some injuries matched to the insult here. CB Prince Amukamara has a torn biceps and will probably be gone for the rest of the year. G Weston Richburg came out with an ankle injury.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 10, the Giants will be making the cross-country trip to Seattle to take on the defending champion Seahawks (Sun, Nov. 9; 4:25 PM ET on FOX). Meanwhile, the Colts will be resting up and getting healthy as they’ve got a bye.
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