Overall: The Giants were overmatched in this game from the outset. If not for the uncharacteristic and drastic change in the defensive game plan by DC Perry Fewell, they would have been blown out by halftime. Instead, the initiative to get pressure on Indy QB Andrew Luck worked, holding the Colts to 16 first half points. But after halftime, the wheels came flying off. Indianapolis scored 21 points to the Giants seven and by 4:31 of the third quarter, held a 37-10 insurmountable lead over the home team.
Fewell tried everything to stop Luck and his defensive front could not be blamed for a lack of effort. Giant defenders hit Luck a total of 11 times, sacking him once, and disrupted his rhythm all game. But against this great young player and his talented weapons, if just wasn't enough. They surrendered 40 points and the Colts could have scored a lot more. They took the fourth quarter off. On the injury front, they lost CB Prince Amukamara for the season with a torn bicep in the first half. It just doesn't end for this team.
Grade: C (and a generous C, at that)
DL: JPP was held in check by Indy RT Godser Cherilus and others. He had just two tackles, a QB hit and a pass defended. The Giants obviously needed more from him. Mathias Kiwanuka had four tackles and two QBH. The backups fared much better. Robert Ayers had a monster game, diving and knifing through the line to hit Luck seven times, sacking him once, He also forced a fumble. Damontre Moore had five tackles in 24 snaps. The DTs were very quiet as the Colts rarely ran the ball through the middle. The unit was credited with just three tackles.
LBs: Jacquian Williams and Jameel McClain bore the brunt of the Colts attack. Jacquian Williams had 17 tackles (13 solo) and a PD and it still feels like he left some out there on the field. McClain was not nearly as active with seven tackles. Both played every defensive snap. Devon Kennard only played 28 of the 75 defensive plays as Fewell decided to go with five DBs against the Colts attack. They really were nothing more than victims of circumstance, playing uphill most of the time it seemed.
DBs: Once Prince went down, the Giants were dead meat in the secondary. S Antrel Rolle played his usual passionate and productive game (seven tackles, 1 PD and a dropped pick) but the others were basically spectators most of the game. CBs Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie had only one tackle apiece and neither was credited with a PD. DRC allowed the diminutive T.Y. Hilton to steal an INT away from him in the end zone for a TD. Embarrassing. It's only going to get worse from here without Prince.
ST: The good part is the Giants did not allow any big plays in the return game. The bad part is they didn't make any. They had -3 yards in the PR game. KR Michael Cox did have 88 yards on four returns, but the Giants could not make any headway once the offense took over.