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.