East Rutherford, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) – Ben Roethlisberger carved up the Indianapolis Colts secondary last week.
Eli Manning didn’t have as much luck.
Andrew Luck tossed three of his four touchdown passes in the third quarter, Manning completed just 12 of his first 29 throws and the Colts cruised to a 40-24 win over the New York Giants on Monday night.
The Colts struggled mightily once Vontae Davis exited last Sunday’s game with a knee injury, surrendering 522 yards and six touchdowns to “Big Ben” en route to a 51-34 defeat.
With the physical corner back in the lineup, however, Manning struggled to find open targets.
Manning finished 27-of-52 with most of his 359 yards coming with the game already decided in the fourth quarter. Both of his TD passes came in the final frame.
Luck added to his NFL-leading passing yardage total and tallied his franchise-record seventh straight 300-yard game with 354 on 25-of-46 efficiency for Indianapolis (6-3), which has won six of its last seven games since an 0-2 start.
“We got that bad taste out of our mouths the way we lost that last game,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said.
T.Y. Hilton hauled in three passes for 71 yards and a touchdown, Reggie Wayne posted four receptions for 70 yards and a score and Dwayne Allen had four catches for 48 yards and a score in the triumph.
First-round rookie Odell Beckham tallied eight receptions for 156 yards for the Giants (3-5), who have dropped three in a row on the heels of a three-game winning streak.
The Colts led 16-3 at the break, but put the game out of reach in the third.
Hilton came down with a jump ball in the right part of the end zone against Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on the Colts’ opening touch of the frame to make it 23-3.
Rodgers-Cromartie high pointed the pass, but Hilton wrestled it away from him as the two were coming down to the ground to complete the 31-yard TD reception.
Beckham’s 59-yard catch and run led to an Andre Williams 1-yard TD plunge on New York’s ensuing touch, but the Colts closed the frame with two more touchdowns.
Wayne hauled in a post corner along the left sideline and broke free from Giants cornerback Jayron Hosley en route to a 40-yard touchdown. After Colts safety Sergio Brown recovered a Manning fumble forced by linebacker Jonathan Newsome, Luck flipped a 2-yard TD pass to Allen two plays later to make it 37-10.
Adam Vinatieri booted a 43-yard field goal early in the fourth before Larry Donnell and Corey Washington caught TD passes in garbage time to cap the scoring.
Earlier, former Giant Hakeem Nicks hauled in a 22-yard completion on a deep cross, which led to a Vinatieri 48-yard field goal to open the scoring midway through the first, and consecutive receptions by Coby Fleener made it 10-0.
Fleener caught a pass along the left sideline for 21 yards and following a quick snap — it appeared Fleener may have been bobbling the catch — he was left free along the right sideline and strolled in for an easy 32-yard score.
Josh Brown and Vinatieri traded field goals of 38 and 31 yards, respectively, late in the second, and another Vinatieri boot right before the half, this one from 48 yards, staked Indy to its 16-3 halftime advantage.
Luck leads the NFL with 3,085 passing yards … Another former Giant, Ahmad Bradshaw, carried the ball seven times for 50 yards … The Colts were 5-of-15 on third down, while New York finished 4-of-16 … Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara exited the game with a torn biceps … Giants Hall of Famer Michael Strahan was honored at halftime … Vinatieri is 20-for-20 on field-goal attempts this year.