EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The mantra throughout the NFL each week is to look ahead. Considering how ugly the previous week was for Indianapolis, the Colts needed tunnel vision toward Monday night.
With his franchise-record seventh consecutive 300-yard game, Luck led the Colts (6-3) to a lopsided win one week after a 51-34 loss to Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers. Unlike the way Roethlisberger toyed with their defense in that game, the Colts didn't let Manning get going in handing New York (3-5) its third straight defeat.
"It was great to get back in the win column after a tough one last week," Luck said.
It was the eighth time this season that Luck had thrown for more than 300 yards and the 17th time in his three pro seasons. He was 25 for 46 for 354 yards, helping the Colts head into their bye with a two-game lead on Houston on the AFC South.
"Reggie spoke to it last night," Luck said. "He's had only one or two, but he said losses before bye weeks stink."
"We got that bad taste out of our mouths, the way we lost that last game," coach Chuck Pagano said. "It's awesome."
Wayne, who broke down in tears during the national anthem, surpassed James Lofton for career yards receiving and has 14,070 in his 14-season career.
"I'm just blessed to be out there," Wayne said. "It's an emotional game, man, and sometimes it comes out. It was a prime-time game, and an opportunity to turn things around a little bit.
"An old wise guy once told me you shouldn't hold back your tears. Tonight was a night with the tears."
Luck seemed to look for Fleener on every pass in the first half. That well-established combination -- they played together at Stanford before joining the Colts in 2012 -- paid off on consecutive passes for the game's first touchdown.
But the Colts probably caught a break on one of those plays. Fleener was awarded a 21-yard gain to the New York 32, although video replays showed he dropped the ball. Giants coach Tom Coughlin threw the challenge flag too late, seconds before Fleener was uncovered down the right side for the touchdown.
"We saw the coaches gathering on the sideline and we didn't know if he was trying to challenge it or not," safety Antrel Rolle said. "And you know as a defense we have to get lined up and get a call. No one got lined up ... we failed to do so as an entire unit. It was one of those plays that costs you."
Also costly for the Giants were drops by receivers, an inability to sustain a ground game, and enough pressure against Manning to force long or high throws that had no chance to be caught. Indy led 16-3 at the half thanks to Fleener's TD and field goals of 48, 31 and 48 yards by Vinatieri, who added a 43-yarder in the fourth quarter.
New York matched that drive to finally get into the end zone. Beckham got loose for a 59-yard gain on a pass from Manning, and then Andre Williams broke two tackles for a 24-yard reception. Williams surged in from the 1 to make it 23-10.
NOTES: New York lost cornerback Prince Amukamara (torn biceps), probably for the rest of the season, and rookie guard Weston Richburg (ankle). ... Indy held the Giants to 89 yards rushing, while Bradshaw, in his return to the Meadowlands, averaged 7.1 yards a carry, gaining 50, and also had three catches for 29 yards.
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