Nov 3, 2014 10:13 PM
Colts lead Giants 16-3 at halftime
The Associated Press
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Andrew Luck threw a 32-yard gift touchdown pass to a wide-open Coby Fleener, and the Indianapolis Colts took a 16-3 lead over the New York Giants into halftime on Monday night.
The snap and touchdown pass came just seconds before Giants coach Tom Coughlin threw a red flag to challenge a catch by Fleener on a 21-yard pass right in front of the New York bench. Replays seemed to show the tight end did not hold on to the ball as he was tackled.
The Colts hurried to the line of scrimmage and got off the play. The Giants were caught off guard and Fleener was wide open at the 20-yard line for a stroll into the end zone.
Adam Vinatieri added field goals of 48, 31 and 48 yards, while the Colts defense was solid after it was shredded by Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers in a 51-34 loss last Sunday.
Josh Brown kicked a 38-yard field goal for New York, which is coming off a bye and trying to end a two-game losing streak.
Eli Manning, who tied Phil Simms for the Giants' record for starts by a quarterback at 159, set up the field goal with passes of 12 yards to Rueben Randle and 19 to rookie Odell Beckham Jr. The drive stalled when Randle dropped a pass that would have given New York a first down at the Indianapolis 12.
The Colts scored the first time they had the ball, going 58 yards in 11 plays before setting for Vinatieri's 17th field goal in as many attempts.
Luck kept the drive alive with a 5-yard scramble on third down and put the Colts' in scoring position with a 22-yard pass to former Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks.
Luck came into the game having thrown for at least 300 yards in a franchise-record six straight games. He was 17 of 31 for 202 yards, including a 27-yard pass to T.Y. Hilton that set up Vinatieri's second field goal. A 15-yard pass to Nicks set up the third kick.
The Giants had a chance to close the gap in the waning seconds of the half when Luck fumbled after being sacked around his own 30, but the ball bounced back to him.
Under constant pressure, Manning was 9 of 23 for 97 yards.
New York was to honor Michael Strahan at halftime, presenting him with his Hall of Fame ring. He was inducted into the Hall in Canton, Ohio, in August.
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