Final

Giants 27

(3-0, 2-0 away)

Colts 26

(0-2, 0-1 home)

7:00 PM ET, August 16, 2014

Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN 

1 2 3 4 T
NYG 0 0 0 2727
IND 10 10 3 326

Top Performers

Passing: R. Nassib (NYG) - 158 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: M. Cox (NYG) - 7 CAR, 32 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: A. Robinson (NYG) - 2 REC, 59 YDS

Giants rally late to get past Colts 27-26

Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- Ryan Nassib finally showed the New York Giants how this new offense should look.

Crisp, efficient and potent.

After three quarters of bumbling around in Indianapolis, the second-year quarterback led New York to two touchdowns in the final four minutes Saturday night.

The second came on a 4-yard TD pass to Corey Washington with 55 seconds left -to give the Giants an improbable 27-26 victory against the Indianapolis Colts.

"It was definitely a strange game in that way, but it shows that we have some perseverance," Nassib said. "We'll play until the game's over."

For three quarters, the Giants stumbled around.

Two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning finished 1 of 7 for 6 yards and was fortunate to have an interception wiped out by a Colts penalty.

Backup Curtis Painter, the one-time Indy starter, completed one pass during a first half that the Giants managed only 48 yards and wound up 6 of 15 for 64 yards and one TD.

The defense allowed 177 yards in the first two quarters, struggling to force punts, and kickoff returner Quintin Demps even lost a fumble.

"Whatever words you want to use to describe it, there was no production," coach Tom Coughlin said when asked about the offense. "There's nothing to look at from a production standpoint and that's disappointing."

Things looked so bleak that when Painter finally got the Giants (3-0) on the scoreboard with 10:16 left in the fourth quarter, on a 3-yard TD pass to Kellen Davis, the smattering of fans left at Lucas Oil Stadium thought it was more of a gimme than the start of a comeback.

Sixteen seconds later, though, Spencer Adkins recovered a fumble in the Colts' end zone to make it 26-14, and then Nassib started working his late-game magic.

He led the Giants on a 92-yard drive, capped by Michael Cox's 2-yard TD run, and then found Washington in the back corner of the end zone. Washington has caught a TD pass in each of the Giants three preseason games, including the winning scores each of the past two weeks.

"He's proven that he's made those big plays before and he did it once again," Nassib said of Washington.

The late rally, against Indy's backups, ruined what had been a big night for Hakeem Nicks, who signed with Indianapolis (0-2) as a free agent in March after helping the Giants win the Super Bowl in their last trip to Lucas Oil Stadium in February 2012. He showed his old team that he could still play.

Nicks caught five passes for 53 yards, accounting for most of Andrew Luck's production on a night Reggie Wayne was again held out. Luck wound up 12 of 18 for 89 yards with one TD.

All week Nicks held his emotions in check, telling reporters all the right things.

On Saturday night, he looked as if he had all the right moves, too, with the exception of a couple of goodbye waves to his ex-teammates as he headed out of bounds.

The second time he did it, the refs flagged him for unsportsmanlike conduct wiping out a 36-yard gain and getting a brief lecture from coach Chuck Pagano.

"He knew what he did, what that discussion was going to be like," Pagano said.

The penalty didn't stop Nicks or the Colts. On the next play, he caught an 8-yard pass for a first down, and opened the second quarter with a 17-yard catch that eventually led to Adam Vinatieri's second field goal of the game, a 42-yarder that made it 13-0.

Matt Hasselbeck replaced Luck on the next series and promptly threw a 14-yard TD pass to Da'Rick Rogers to make it 20-0 at halftime, and two field goals from Cody Parkey made it 26-0 early in the fourth -- a lead that looked safe.

Painter's TD pass and Adkins' fumble recovery gave the Giants a glimmer of hope and Nassib made it happen by overcoming two offensive penalties and converting two fourth-down chances by hooking up with Washington for the winner.

"We challenged them at halftime," Coughlin said. "I wanted us to come out in the second half and see who loved football. It was primarily the end of the second group and then the third group that did it."

Game notes


Four New York players left the game with injuries: Cornerback Prince Amukamara (groin), offensive tackle Charles Brown (shoulder), defensive tackle Markus Kuhn (elbow) and safety Cooper Taylor (toe). Coughlin did not have a postgame update. ... Manning said he is comfortable in the offense but that the Giants are still trying to understand all the nuances. ... Pagano said the Colts did not sustain any significant injuries.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NYG
IND
1st Downs2324
Passing 1st downs
1312
Rushing 1st downs
34
1st downs from penalties
78
3rd down efficiency
4-156-20
4th down efficiency
2-20-0
Total Plays6782
Total Yards305304
Yards per play4.63.7
Total Drives1414
Passing222229
Comp-Att
18-3727-49
Yards per pass
5.84.4
Interceptions thrown
00
Sacks-Yards Lost
1-63-14
Rushing8375
Rushing Attempts
2930
Yards per rush
2.92.5
Red Zone (Made-Att)3-32-3
Penalties13-12813-81
Turnovers11
Fumbles lost
11
Interceptions thrown
00
Defensive / Special Teams TDs10
Possession27:5632:04

Passing Leaders

NYGC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Nassib11/1515810.5100-0
Painter6/15644.3100-0
INDC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Harnish11/231155.0003-14
Luck12/18894.9100-0

Rushing Leaders

NYGCARYDSAVGTDLG
Cox7324.619
Williams8192.408
INDCARYDSAVGTDLG
Richardson9212.308
Harnish22010.0013

Receiving Leaders

NYGRECYDSAVGTDLG
Robinson25929.5033
Parker35317.7030
INDRECYDSAVGTDLG
Nicks55310.6017
Washington13333.0033

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNYGIND
indTD6:24Griff Whalen 5 Yd pass from Andrew Luck (Adam Vinatieri Kick)
Drive info: 9 plays, 51 yds, 3:26
07
indFG5:18Adam Vinatieri 53 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, 1 yds, 0:57
010
SECOND QUARTERNYGIND
indFG10:29Adam Vinatieri 43 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 14 plays, 66 yds, 6:51
013
indTD2:06Da'Rick Rogers 14 Yd pass from Matt Hasselbeck (Adam Vinatieri Kick)
Drive info: 10 plays, 71 yds, 3:40
020
THIRD QUARTERNYGIND
indFG5:54Cody Parkey 45 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 29 yds, 3:12
023
FOURTH QUARTERNYGIND
indFG14:56Cody Parkey 31 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 13 plays, 54 yds, 4:41
026
nygTD10:16Kellen Davis 3 Yd pass from Curtis Painter (Josh Brown Kick)
Drive info: 11 plays, 80 yds, 4:40
726
nygTD10:10Spencer Adkins 0 Yd Fumble Return (Brandon McManus Kick)
Drive info: 1 plays, -6 yds, 0:16
1426
nygTD3:59Michael Cox 2 Yd Run (Josh Brown Kick)
Drive info: 11 plays, 92 yds, 4:25
2126
nygTD0:55Corey Washington 4 Yd pass from Ryan Nassib (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed)
Drive info: 9 plays, 86 yds, 2:34
2726