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Sun Dec 22, 1:00 pm (FOX) - Giants at Indianapolis
Game 15
  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Giants 3 7 20 14 44
Colts 0 3 3 21 27
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Giants clean up on the Colts 44-27.
Kerry Collins completed 23-of-29 passes for 366 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Kenny Holmes had 2 sacks.
Tiki Barber rushed 18 times for 60 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Amani Toomer had 10 catches for 204 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Jeremy Shockey had 7 catches for 116 yards.
Charles Stackhouse caught an 18-yard touchdown pass.
Marcellus Rivers blocked a punt.

Giants held the Colts to just 50 yards rushing.

We get to say it once again this week. The Giants are in it. They still have a shot.
"That's my Giants! That's why we're all fans. You can never give up on this team, because they never give up on themselves, and didn't they play a great game today? The only way the Colts got anywhere at all in the first half was on the few mistakes the Giants made. In that half the Colts had no third down conversions (0-7). They had no running game (10 yards).
They were lucky that Jeremy Shockey fumbled on the way to their endzone to kill one drive. Even with Tiki Barber fumbling at our 6 yard line right near the end of the half, the Colts were only able to come up with 3 points, thanks to the way our defense was playing."

It wasn't "The greatest game ever played" between the Giants and the Colts.
"I thought it was great, but no, it wasn't like that game way back then when the Giants and Colts played each other in that 1958 Championship game. The Giants made a few mistakes here and there, and along the way they got sloppy in the second half. They let the Colts get to within ten points after being up by 24.
Hey, I'm like the rest of the fans who can never figure out why teams change the way they're playing when they're up by a lot of points. That's when they try to prevent giving up the 'big plays', and yet somehow always manage to give them up."

What about the Eagles?
"I can't wait to go to the stadium next week to see this game. I know the Eagles are on a roll, and they won their game against Dallas yesterday, but the Giants are coming on strong.
When is the last time you saw the Giants play so well on offense and defense? When is the last time you heard yourself say 'Wow, the Giants"? I expect to hear lots of people saying that this week, and at the game next Saturday."


That was a good win for the Giants.
"It shows everyone that the Giants are for real. You don't get much credibility in this league right now just for beating the Cowboys and Redskins. The Giants took it to the Colts, and winning out over the Eagles next week will give them the ultimate credibility they need to not only satisfy others, but themselves as well, that they can handle whatever the playoffs may bring.
Think about it. The Colts were tied with the Titans for first place in the AFC South and have been one of the AFC's hottest teams, winning five of their last six games. They needed this game as badly as the Giants. Tight end Dan Campbell said it best before this game.
"Basically it's right there in front of us and we got to go take it. All we have to do is win this game, we stay alive for another week. To be honest with you, we couldn't have two better teams to finish out with. We know what we're getting, they're good teams, for some reason we react better to good teams than teams we're supposed to beat. We've been killed by teams we're supposed to beat all year."
Following that logic, coupled with what the Giants did today, let's bring on the Eagles."

The Giants were able to control Marvin Harrison when it mattered.
"Not only did the defense handle Peyton Manning and Edgerrin James, they were able to hold Marvin Harrison to 4 catches in the first half. Once they had that big 30-6 lead in the fourth quarter, they seemed to let up or change their gameplan, and Peyton was able to make some big plays. The Giants gave up 21 points in that fourth quarter, but came back with 14 of their own."

How did you like Shockey's game this week?
"What can you say? He's having an amazing rookie year, and it doesn't stop there. He came into this game having caught 57 passes for 680 yards which is more than any other tight end in the league, and he was named to the Pro Bowl this week. Today he caught 7 passes for 116 yards. He added Colts' starting strong safety David Gibson to his own personal 'Shockey road kill tape' when on a 2nd and 16 at the Colts 38 yard line, he caught a pass and ground Gibson into the ground racing onward for 24 yards.
The funny thing was what Gibson had said in an interview. He said he respected Shockey, because, 'this is the NFL and everybody that has made it this far is really, really good. But I'm just not going to buy into any of the 'Oh my gosh, I'm playing Jeremy Shockey.' He's no Tony Gonzalez . . . He's just another player to me.'
The article went on to say, 'On occasion, a linebacker will draw coverage against the Giants' first-round draft pick. Other times, it likely will be Gibson. When that occurs, the 6-1, 210-pound Gibson will be at a disadvantage. Shockey is the prototypical tight end: 6-5, 252 pounds. He combines speed and strength, with the hands of a wide receiver.'
It's obvious that after what happened in today's game, Gibson will have to revise his opinion."

Anything else?
"Yes, let's make sure that left tackle Luke Petitgout gets credit for keeping Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney at bay all game. Freeney was the Colts’ first-round selection in the NFL Draft last April. He has 11 sacks and was named an alternate to the AFC Pro Bowl team this past week. Sometimes people forget that Petitgout was the Giants’ first-round draft choice in 1999 from Notre Dame, and he knows how to get the job done.
Fassel called a good game this week except for that strange play, where he had Kerry Collins try a quarterback sneak from the 3 yard line on third down at the end of their first drive. Fassel made up for that later on when he had Shockey shuffling around at the Colts 4 yard line after catching a 10 yard pass that put the Giants there, and then he had Tiki Barber rush to the left side for the 4 yard touchdown.
One last thing, Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, and Cris Collinsworth called a good game for FOX."


Early Stats:
Giants
Rushing
Tiki Barber 18-60, Ron Dayne 13-46, Kerry Collins 5-MINUS 3.
Passing
Kerry Collins 23-29 for 366 yards, 0 INT, 4 TD.
Receiving
Amani Toomer 10-204, Jeremy Shockey 7-116, Dan Campbell 2-19, Charles Stackhouse 1-18, Tiki Barber 2-5, Ron Dayne 1-4.
Tackles (tackles-assists-sacks)
Brandon Short 7-1-0, Will Allen 6-0-0, Omar Stoutmire 5-0-0, Cornelius Griffin 5-2-0, Michael Barrow 4-2-0, Kenny Holmes 3-3-2, Ralph Brown 3-0-0, Dhani Jones 3-1-0, Lance Legree 2-0-0, Michael Strahan 2-1-0, Frank Ferrara 2-0-0, Jason Sehorn 1-0-0, Dwight Johnson 1-0-0, Johnnie Harris 1-0-0, Shaun Williams 1-1-0, Reggie Stephens 1-0-0, Kevin Lewis 0-1-0.
Fumbles Lost
Tiki Barber , Jeremy Shockey , Delvin Joyce 0
Interceptions
Brandon Short 1 for 32 yards, Dhani Jones 1 for 1 yards

Colts
Rushing
James Mungro 8-21, Troy Walters 1-16, Edgerrin James 10-13.
Passing
Peyton Manning 30-46 for 365 yards, 2 INT, 3 TD.
Receiving
Marvin Harrison 10-128, Reggie Wayne 6-104, Marcus Pollard 5-69, Troy Walters 3-35, Qadry Ismail 2-20, Joe Dean Davenport 1-7, Edgerrin James 3-2.
Tackles (tackles-assists-sacks)
Mike Peterson 10-1-0, Idrees Bashir 6-1-0, Rob Morris 6-3-0, Marcus Washington 5-2-0, Walt Harris 3-1-0, Larry Tripplett 3-1-0, David Macklin 3-1-0, David Gibson 3-3-0, Josh Williams 2-0-0, Dwight Freeney 2-0-0, Nick Harper 1-0-0, David Thornton 1-0-0, Raheem Brock 1-0-0, James Cannida 1-0-0, Sam Sword 1-1-0, Chad Bradtzke 1-0-0.
Fumbles Lost
Marvin Harrison 0
Opponents Fumbles Recovered
Walt Harris, Dwight Freeney

Scoring:
First Quarter
NEW YORK - FIELD GOAL(5:36)
Play: MATT BRYANT 20 YD
Drive: 5 plays, 23 yards in 2:45
Key Plays:
•Dorris recovery of blocked punt at Indianapolis 25
•Collins 15-yard pass to Shockey to Indianapolis 10
NY GIANTS 3-0
Second Quarter
NEW YORK - TOUCHDOWN (2:18)
Play: TIKI BARBER 4 YD RUN (MATT BRYANT KICK)
Drive: 9 plays, 63 yards in 4:23
Key Plays:
•Dhani Jones 1-yard interception return to New York 37
•Barber 15-yard run to Indianapolis 48
•Collins 13-yard pass to Toomer on 3rd-and-7 to Indianapolis 32
•Collins 24-yard pass to Shockey to Indianapolis 14
•Collins 10-yard pass to Shockey to Indianapolis 4
NY GIANTS 10-0
INDIANAPOLIS - FIELD GOAL(14:55)
Play: MIKE VANDERJAGT 20 YD Drive: 4 plays, 4 yards in 1:13
Key Plays:
•Freeney recovery of Barber fumble at New York 6
NY GIANTS 10-3
Third Quarter
NEW YORK - TOUCHDOWN (0:19)
Play: AMANI TOOMER 82 YD PASS FROM KERRY COLLINS (MATT BRYANT KICK)
NY GIANTS 17-3
NEW YORK - TOUCHDOWN (4:37)
Play: CHARLES STACKHOUSE 18 YD PASS FROM KERRY COLLINS (PAT FAILED)
Drive: 5 plays, 47 yards in 1:54
Key Plays:
•New York takes over on downs at Indianapolis 47
•Collins 19-yard pass to Shockey to Indianapolis 27
NY GIANTS 23-3

INDIANAPOLIS - FIELD GOAL(9:42)
Play: MIKE VANDERJAGT 27 YD
Drive: 14 plays, 49 yards in 5:05
Key Plays:
•James 3-yard run on 4th-and-1 to New York 46
•Manning 9-yard pass to Wayne on 3rd-and-6 to New York 22
•Manning 11-yard pass to Wayne on 3rd-and-10 to New York 11
NY GIANTS 23-6
NEW YORK - TOUCHDOWN (14:49)
Play: TIKI BARBER 1 YD RUN (MATT BRYANT KICK)
Drive: 10 plays, 69 yards in 5:07
Key Plays:
•Barber 9-yard run plus 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty on Colts' J Williams on 3rd-and-2 to Indianapolis 37
•Collins 17-yard pass to Shockey to Indianapolis 17
•Collins 9-yard pass to Toomer on 3rd-and-8 to Indianapolis 6
NY GIANTS 30-6
Fourth Quarter

INDIANAPOLIS - TOUCHDOWN (1:26)
Play: REGGIE WAYNE 21 YD PASS FROM PEYTON MANNING (TWO-POINT CONVERSION FAILED)
Drive: 5 plays, 62 yards in 1:37
Key Plays:
•Walters 16-yard run to New York 46
•Manning 12-yard pass to Walters to New York 34
•Manning 6-yard pass to Pollard to New York 21
NY GIANTS 30-12

NEW YORK - TOUCHDOWN (8:15)
Play: AMANI TOOMER 21 YD PASS FROM KERRY COLLINS (MATT BRYANT KICK)
Drive: 10 plays, 58 yards in 6:49
Key Plays:
•Collins 12-yard pass to Campbell to Indianapolis 47
•Collins 10-yard pass to Toomer on 3rd-and-8 to Indianapolis 23
NY GIANTS 37-12

INDIANAPOLIS - TOUCHDOWN (10:09)
Play: MARVIN HARRISON 25 YD PASS FROM PEYTON MANNING (PEYTON MANNING PASS TO MARCUS POLLARD FOR TWO-POINT CONVERSION)
Drive: 6 plays, 77 yards in 1:54
Key Plays:
•Manning 24-yard pass to Harrison on 3rd-and-4 to New York 47
•Manning 19-yard pass to Wayne to New York 25
NY GIANTS 37-20
INDIANAPOLIS - TOUCHDOWN (10:16)
Play: REGGIE WAYNE 40 YD PASS FROM PEYTON MANNING (MIKE VANDERJAGT KICK)
Drive: 1 plays, 40 yards in 0:07
Key Plays:
•Crosby recovery of Joyce muffed kickoff at New York 40
NY GIANTS 37-27
NEW YORK - TOUCHDOWN (11:00)
Play: AMANI TOOMER 27 YD PASS FROM KERRY COLLINS (MATT BRYANT KICK)
Drive: 4 plays, 42 yards in 0:44
Key Plays:
•Dayne 16-yard run to Indianapolis 26
NY GIANTS 44-27



Game Stats:
  NY GIANTS COLTS
First Downs 24 20
      Rushing 9 2
      Passing 14 17
      Penalty 1 1
3rd-Down Efficiency 8-13 4-14
4th-Down Efficiency 0-1 1-2
Total Net Yards 469 399
      Total plays 65 67
      Average gain 7.2 6
Net Yards Rushing 103 50
      Rushes 36 19
      Average per rush 2.9 2.6
Net Yards Passing 366 349
      Completed-attempted 23-29 30-46
      Yards per pass 12.6 7.6
      Sacked-yards lost 0-0 2-16
      Had intercepted 0 2
Punts-Average 3-38.7 6-33.5
Return Yardage 33 0
      Punts-returns 0-0 0-0
      Kickoffs-returns 6-88 8-216
      Interceptions-returns 2-33 0-0
Penalties-Yards 5-33 7-59
Fumbles-Lost 3-3 0-0
Time Of Possession 32:36 27:24

Notes:

Giants are now 18-5 in December under head coach Jim Fassel.

Giants have won six of eight since Fassel took over the play-calling from offensive coordinator Sean Payton.

Giants scoring 44 points was the most since a 45-29 victory over New Orleans on September 24, 1995.

Giants defense in the first half limited the Colts to 123 yards, 5 first downs and just 3 points (following a 4-yard drive) and forced Indianapolis to punt six times.

Giants have given up zero points in the first quarter over the last nine games.

Giants are 3-0 in domes this season.

Kerry Collins completed 23-of-29 passes for 366 yards and a career-high 4 touchdowns.

Kerry Collins' 82-yard touchdown pass to Toomer was the longest reception of Toomer’s seven-year career, and the longest pass Collins has thrown with the Giants.
Kerry Collins, before joining the Giants, had thrown a pair of 89-yard touchdown passes, one each for Carolina and New Orleans.

Amani Toomer set career highs with 10 catches for 204 yards.
Amani Toomer matched a career best with 3 touchdowns.

Jeremy Shockey, the only rookie to be selected to the Pro Bowl, had 7 receptions for a season-high 116 yards.

Tiki Barber's second touchdown of the game was his 11th rushing touchdown of the season, the most by a Giant since Rodney Hampton had 14 in 1992.

Manning became the first quarterback in NFL history to surpass 4,000 passing yards four straight seasons, throwing for 365 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Colts lost a chance at winning the AFC South, but they can still earn a wild card spot with a win next Sunday against Jacksonville.

Colts are just 7-8 at the RCA Dome the last two seasons.

Colts have not won a home game against the Giants since beating New York 31-16 in Baltimore on Dec. 27, 1959.
Colts captured their second straight NFL championship with that win.


Next Game
Dec 28, Eagles at Giants, 1:30 PM


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