New York Giants Collapse In The Final Minutes And Lose To The Colts 28-26

The New York Giants traveled to Indianapolis to play the white hot Colts in week 16. The Colts had won 7 of their last 8 games and were fighting for a playoff spot. The Giants came into this game already eliminated from playoff contention, but refusing to quit. The Giants started the game strong, but ultimately could not finish it off and took a one point loss against the Colts. The Colts improve to a strong 9-6 record on the season while the Giants sink to a lowly 5-10.

Dynamic Offense Leads The Giants To A Strong Start

The Giants had a lead up until the final minute of the game. The offense struggled to get going on the ground, but the passing attack was consistently excellent throughout the majority of the game. The Giants jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter from a strong connection between quarterback Eli Manning and wide receiver Sterling Shepard. With Odell Beckham Jr. out this week, Shepard stepped up and had his best game of the season. Shepard finished the game with six receptions for 113 yards, including multiple third down conversions and one beautiful double move 57 yard completion down to the six yard line. This set up a Scott Simonson three yard touchdown reception.

Another stand out player on offense this week was tight end Evan Engram. Engram struggled to get going during the first half of the season. He dealt with a couple of injuries and was not used much in the offensive game plan. However, in the past few weeks, Engram has been receiving an influx in targets and therefore an increase in production.

Head coach Pat Shurmur called many plays for Engram including two end around rushing attempts that gained a total of 26 yards. However, it was through the passing game that Engram made a real impact. He hauled in all six of his targets for 87 receiving yards. He got the Giants down to the one yard line twice to set up easy touchdowns for his quarterback, once on a rushing attempt, and once on a deep pass down the seam.

Second Half Collapse

The Giants went into halftime up by 10. The score was 17-7, but the Colts quickly cut it down to a three point game as quarterback Andrew Luck connected with receiver Dontrelle Inman for a touchdown on third and goal. The Giants responded with a touchdown of their own as Manning converted his seventh rushing touchdown of his career on a quarterback sneak from the one yard line.

However, the Colts were able to put together a comeback after this. Running back Marlon Mack rushed for a touchdown to make it a three point game again. The Giants were able to muster up one more field goal, but their inability to score a red zone touchdown in the fourth quarter would ultimately be their demise. The Colts were able to put together a game winning drive on the struggling Giants defense.

They made their way down to the 20 yard line with two minutes remaining. On first and goal, Luck threw an incompletion to the end zone, however, Giants cornerback B.W. Webb was called for pass interference, giving the Colts a first and goal from the one yard line. This would result in a touchdown from Luck to receiver Chester Rogers with under a minute remaining. The Giants would get the ball back with 55 seconds left with the opportunity to score, but they would have the game end with an Eli Manning interception.

The Aftermath Of The Loss

The Giants record is now 5-10 with one game left to play this season. Eli Manning and the Giants offense played a solid game but came up short in the end. The defense struggled to stop the Colts offense in the second half, driving home the tenth loss of the season. With this loss comes a portion of good news. The Giants showed they have multiple young players to build upon for their future, such as Shepard and Engram. In addition, the Giants moved up in draft positioning ahead of the Jaguars and to the seventh overall pick. This loss has potential to be a positive for the Giants in the long run.

New York Giants: Previewing Week 16 Matchup Vs. Indianapolis

New York Giants, Sterling Shepard, Saquon Barkley

It is week 16 of the 2018-2019 NFL season. The New York Giants are already eliminated from the playoffs with a disappointing 5-9 season, but they still have to play two more games.

This week they will travel to Indianapolis to play the Colts at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. The Giants may be eliminated from the playoffs, but the Colts are not. They are very much in the hunt and will look at Sunday’s matchup against the Giants as a crucial game.

Taking A Look At The Colts

The Colts started the season at 1-5. Since then, they have won seven of their last eight games to improve to an 8-6 record. This team has been white hot, being lead by quarterback Andrew Luck and his stellar offensive line. According to Pro Football Focus, the Colts’ offensive line has been the 6th best unit in the league this season. Rookie offensive guard Quenton Nelson had a slow start to the season, but he is now PFF’s eight highest-graded guard in the NFL. This will certainly give the Giants’ front seven some trouble. The Colts’ backfield features Marlon Mack. This season, Mack has averaged 4.8 yards per carry as he has powered his way to 755 yards and seven touchdowns. The Giants have been surrendering 128.4 rushing yards per game (fifth worst in the NFL), so expect the Colts’ game plan to feature a heavy dose of Marlon Mack. 

On the defensive side of the ball, the Colts are being lead by rookie linebacker Darius Leonard. The rookie has totaled a league-leading 146 tackles this season, as well as seven sacks and four forced fumbles. He has been incredibly productive for the Colts and is a strong defensive rookie of the year candidate. The Colts have also been a good team at defending the run, eight best in the league at 103.6 yards per game. However, it should still be expected that the Giants continue to lean on Saquon Barkley, even though the Colts are a good run defending team.

Injury Report

The Giants will be without two of their best players this week. Super star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will miss his third game this season as he continues to deal with his bruised quad. Middle linebacker Alec Ogletree will also miss this game with a concussion. Along with Beckham Jr. and Ogletree, the Giants have also ruled out wide receiver Russell Shepard and center Spencer Pulley. Defensive lineman Kerry Wynn is also questionable.

The Colts have ruled out safety Clayton Gathers with a knee injury, and have declared five other players questionable. Those players include star receiver T.Y. Hilton, guard Mark Glowinski, safety Mike Mitchell, safety George Odum, and linebacker Anthony Walker.

The Giants’ Game Plan

The Giants have been leaning heavily on Saquon Barkley the past few weeks, and that is not expected to change against the Colts, despite their stout run defense. With Odell Beckham Jr. out, along with a starting offensive lineman in Spencer Pulley, the Giants are not likely to attack the Colts through the air. Eli Manning struggled greatly last week against the Titans due to a lack of a run game, so in order for the Giants to win, they will need to be efficient running the football.