EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- When owner Jim Irsay complains, the Indianapolis Colts listen, and respond.
"That's more like it..there r sum that shrug off losing,even at checkers;they'll never wear the HORSESHOE or touch the Diamond's of Champions," Irsay tweeted after the game in which the Giants saw wide receiver Victor Cruz (bruised heel) and starting center David Baas (sprained knee) leave early and not come back.
"It wasn't perfect," said Luck, who completed 9 of 13 passes and finished with a 133.7 quarterback rating. "There is still a whole bunch of room for improvement but it was good to get in a rhythm, it was good to put points on the board. What a great job by our defense, holding them to three points on some short fields."
"We knew we wanted to come out here and show what the horseshoe is about," he said. "It wasn't perfect but we did some good things against a very good outfit."
New York's Josh Brown kicked field goals of 25, 27 and 45 yards in the first half. The last one came after Giants coach Tom Coughlin was flagged for a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for leaving the coaching box, he said after the game. Brown added a 47-yard field goal with 8:43 to play to close out the scoring.
Coughlin accepted responsibility, saying he had been warned about leaving the box.
"I was wrong," said Coughlin, who did know the extent of the injuries to Cruz and Baas, although Cruz did not seem as serious. "It wasn't a smart thing but the frustration in terms of how we played was there and I am disappointed in tonight's game."
On a second-and-3 play from the 28, Luck underthrew Wayne on a pattern down the right sideline. A backpedalling Ross was in perfect position to intercept the ball, but he had the ball slip out of his hands and popped into the air. Wayne came down with it in the end zone for a 7-3 lead.
Ross said he lost the ball in the lights for a split second.
"The lights kind of blinded me a little bit and I was trying to let it fall softly into my little pocket here," Ross said of his stomach. "It came up short, hit my hands and I ended up popping it backward. It was one of those plays you're happy it happened in the preseason and not the regular season."
Ross said Wayne was even shocked.
"He saw me on the sidelined and said 'What happened, I just knew you had the pick, "' Ross said. "It was one of those fluke plays."
Luck finished off his night, leading the Colts on a seven-play, 60-yard drive that featured two third-down conversions on passes to Hilton and a 15-yard facemask penalty against Ross. Both passes to Hilton covered 18 yards, with the second one coming on a third-and-11 from the New York 18. Hilton beat Jayron Hosley to the right corner of the end zone and Luck floated a perfect pass over the outstretched hands of the cornerback. The play was reviewed and the touchdown ruling confirmed.
Brown provided the offense with his kicking with most coming after New York failed to take advantage of scoring position.
Cruz bruised his heel on the opening series, falling heavily to the turf at MetLife Stadium going up to catch a deep pass. Pass interference was called on the play.
"He runs to make a living and obviously, he has an issue with his heel," Coughlin said in refusing to say much about the injury to Cruz.
NOTES:Ed Hochuli refereed the game and his son, Shawn, was the back judge. ... Running back Ahmad Bradshaw, who made the trip with the Colts but was not active, revealed that a pregame video tribute to his six-year career with the Giants took him by surprise. "Oh man, that was awesome," Bradshaw said after the game. "My heart just dropped when that happened. It was just heartbreaking, man. Six years being here and to come and see that, it's heartbreaking." ... Indianapolis had six sacks. ... New York had 10 penalties for 96 yards.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.