First Half Analysis: Giants vs Colts

News, notes and observations from the first half of the New York Giants preseason contest against the Indianapolis Colts.

The New York Giants opening drive was very promising as Eli Manning guided his unit on a six play, 73-yard drive before facing a critical 4th-and-1 from the Colts' seven yard-line. Manning handed off to power back Andre Brown who bounced it to the outside and was stymied by the Colts quick defensive front. New York came up short and squandered a golden opportunity to punctuate its drive with six points.

Big Blue's defensive unit would rise to the occasion on the ensuing possession forcing Andrew Luck and the Colts to a three-and-out. Manning would march the Giants' offense to the Colts' seven-yard line once again, yet they would settle for a 25-yard Josh Brown field goal to open the scoring.

The Colts would get a fortuitous bounce as cornerback Aaron Ross mishandled a would-be interception with the ball deflecting into the hands of receiver Reggie Wayne for a 28-yard touchdown reception.

Big Blue would press the issue on the next offensive possession as Manning whizzed a pass intended for Hakeem Nicks, but cornerback Greg Toler stepped in for the interception. Four plays later, placekicker Adam Vinatieri would blast through a 52-yarder to give Indianapolis a 10-3 advantage.

The Colts would notch another touchdown as Luck connected with T.Y. Hilton for an 18-yard touchdown toss. Big Blue added a pair of field on its next two possessions to close the half trailing 17-9. Missed opportunities and costly turnovers prevented the Giants taking the lead into halftime.

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