Nov 3, 2014 9:24 PM
Colts lead Giants 3-0 after 1st quarter
The Associated Press
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Adam Vinatieri kicked a 48-yard field goal, and the Indianapolis Colts had a 3-0 lead over the New York Giants heading into the second quarter on Monday night.
The Colts defense got off to a solid start after it was shredded by Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers in a 51-34 loss last Sunday. The unit limited the Giants to two first downs in three-plus possessions.
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.
Andrew 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. But Indianapolis sent Vinatieri on to the field after Nicks dropped a third-down pass.
Luck came into the game having thrown for at least 300 yards in a franchise-record six straight games.
The Giants, who are coming off a bye week looking to snap a two-game losing streak, gained 34 yards on their first three possessions. Eli Manning, who tied Phil Simms for the Giants' record for starts by a quarterback at 159, picked up most of the yardage with passes of 14 yards to tight end Larry Donnell and 15 to receiver Rueben Randle.
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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