Giants defeat Colts, 27-26: Takeaways from the comeback

Posted Aug 16, 2014's Dan Salomone highlights four takeaways from the Giants' win over the Colts

1. The offense will need all five preseason games to get going. 

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Quarterback Eli Manning and the first-team offense have completed just one pass for six yards on nine attempts over the last two games, including Saturday against the Indianapolis Colts. It may be the preseason, but don’t tell that to Manning or coach Tom Coughlin as the Giants open the regular season in 23 days. "Well, it just wasn't good enough,” Manning said of the starting offense’s performance in Indianapolis. “We didn't do a very good job on third down. I felt like we had a couple of opportunities to hit some big plays, we just didn't complete them. The go-route to Victor (Cruz), and then had another chance I thought on a go-route to (Jerrel) Jernigan. But besides that, we just had some mistakes. We weren't efficient enough running the ball or throwing the ball tonight. So overall, not very good by the starting group."


2. Rule emphasis is having an impact.

Limiting contact in the secondary is nothing new these days, but the NFL’s emphasis this year on illegal contact and other downfield penalties will require some adjusting by players. On Saturday there were a combined 26 penalties called between the Giants and Colts, most of which came from illegal contact and defensive holding. "Overall, I think we still have a lot to work on,” safety Antrel Rolle said. “I think we need to get better with our man-to-man coverage. We still have to get a point of emphasis on not touching the receivers so much or not pulling jerseys. I don't think they're giving us too much of a fine line to play with, but we still have to play within the rules. We can't do anything about the calls that are being made, so we have to play around the calls and make sure we enforce whatever we're trying to impose on the offense. But overall as a defense, I don't think we played such a good game today. I think we definitely have a lot to work on, and go back to work on Monday."


3. Andrew Luck will be a tough rematch.

After making the playoffs and being named to the Pro Bowl in each of his first two seasons, quarterback Andrew Luck isn’t going away anytime soon, and neither are his Colts. Luck expertly used his mobility and went 12-of-18 for 89 yards and a touchdown against the Giants, opening a 20-0 halftime lead over Big Blue. The Giants were able to create some pressure with their back seven on Saturday, but the front four will need to get more as Luck and the Colts come to MetLife Stadium in Week 9.

4. The backups know how to finish.

For the third week in a row, the Giants won the battle of the backups and sit 3-0 with two preseason games to go. A lot of that is due to undrafted rookie wide receiver Corey Washington, who caught a late touchdown for the third-straight game that again proved to be the game-winner. With 55 seconds remaining, Ryan Nassib found the 6-4, 214-pound Washington in the end zone for a 4-yard touchdown, and the comeback was complete. Thanks to them and others like tight end Adrien Robinson, linebacker Justin Anderson, and wide receiver Marcus Harris, the backups generated 27 points in the fourth quarter for the comeback victory.