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Indianapolis Colts At New York Giants at Giants Stadium Setember 10, 2006 score 26 - 21 Colts

Game 1

 November 10, 2006








Indianapolis   (Peyton)






Giants              (Eli)






Peyton Manning VS Eli Manning

Date: 9/10/2006
Indianapolis Colts At New York Giants 
at Giants Stadium
Start Time: 8:24 PM EDT

Game Weather: Cloudy
Temp: 71° F (21.84° C), Humidity: 52%, Wind: North East 7 mph

Played Outdoor on Turf: FieldTurf


Referee: Walt Anderson (66)
Line Judge: Gary Arthur (108)
Field Judge: Terry Brown (43) Umpire: Butch Hannah (40)
Side Judge: Rick Patterson (15)
Replay Official: Dale Hamer  
Head Linesman: Phil McKinnely (110)
Back Judge: Billy Smith (2)

September 10, 2006 marks the first time in NFL history as two brothers are at the helm against each other . . .

In the first battle between siblings to start as opposing quarterbacks; 
Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts and younger brother Eli Manning of the New York Giants.

In a game that has been on course for more than five months of Manning-vs.-Manning hype, the little brother was every bit his more accomplished brother's equal, Nevertheless, Peyton Manning's team came out on top as the Indianapolis Colts defeated Eli Manning and the New York Giants, 26-21, in an NFL Week 1 contest at Giants Stadium.

Sorry lil brother . . .
Giants Stadium is not yet Eli's Place.
Until further notice, it is Peyton's Place. 

Ray Stubblebine/Reuters
Peyton Manning threw for more yards than his brother Eli Sunday night and left with the victory both wanted. 

The brothers played well as so did their teams, though the Giants made far too many mistakes to win this week, they in fact did a whole lot of beating themselves, botching a handoff, committing penalties, missing field goal opportunities.

The Giants nearly matched the Colts drive for drive in the first half, but didn't score a touchdown until late in the half.

A first possession was set back by a false start penalty. A second ended with place-kicker Jay Feely missing wide right from 40 yards out.

Giant's defenders also had their chances. Three times they dropped potential interceptions that would have killed Colts scoring chances. The first two drops were by safety James Butler and cornerback Corey Webster. The third, when Antonio Pierce just missed a short Peyton Manning incompletion in the second quarter.

Besides the Giants mishaps of mistakes and the reality that younger brother Eli was outplayed by his older brother Peyton -

The New York Giants think differently. 
As far as the Giants are concerned, Colts got a lot of help from the officials last night when a few chances were stolen from them with two questionable calls -- a late pass interference penalty against Tim Carter and an illegal snap call against center Shaun O'Hara that ran 10 seconds off the clock on the offense's final drive.

 In fact, the Giants left the "Manning Bowl" furious with several questionable penalties they believed ruined their comeback attempt on opening night. "They were "horse--- calls," receiver Plaxico Burress said.

Trailing 23-21 in the fourth quarter with 4:14 left in the game, Eli Manning tried to drive the Giants for a late go-ahead score. A play after a questionable offensive pass interference call against Tim Carter denied New York a first down at its own 37.

Replays, including one on the large video boards inside the stadium showed an inadvertent nudge, at most, or perhaps a phantom bump. It was one of 10 Giants penalties totaling 64 yards, compared to just three for 20 yards on the Colts.

"It was horse---, period," Burress added. "When Rick (Patterson, the side judge) is out there making calls like that, he just makes it hard for everybody."

OK! We all know how The Officials can blotch a call up really bad and leave you wondering the outcome of the game if such calls were or were not ever called. We Colts fans have experienced this numerous times
(say a many of Patriots VS Colts episodes).

1. If the play fell good, they would have been at their own 37 yard line with 4:08 left to play.

A.) Would the latter have happened any way on Giants next play that Eli got picked off by Colts, Nick Harper?

B,)  Do you actually believe The Colts Defense would allow the Giants a touchdown in less than 4 minutes of the game? Eli was too panicky!

2. As I said above, Colts have lost a many of games to Officials and their idiotic calls - but one thing remains - that's NFL Football - and that's a "W" for The Indianapolis Colts.

Peyton finished 25-of-41 for 276 yards, a touchdown and an interception. The two-time MVP also led the Colts to scores on five of their first seven possessions.

Sure, Peyton Manning isn't any kind of a Michael Vick, but he sure showed more pocket presence and elusiveness than he's shown in the past. Since when does Manning roll out and find receivers?

 (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts scrambles out of the pocket against the New York Giants during their game on September 10, 2006 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Rhodes finished with 29 yards on 16 carries. Rookie Joseph Addai added 26 yards on seven carries.

(Getty Images)
Indy rookie Joseph Addai
The Colts' longest gain was Addai's 9-yarder midway through the fourth quarter.
"It was cool, man,'' Rhodes said. "We got a win and that's all that matters.
"Win first, yards later. I guess that's how it's going to be sometimes.''

Eli was 20-of-34 for 247 yards and touchdowns passes to Plaxico Burress and Jeremy Shockey. He also had two costly second-half mistakes - a fumble and an interception, both of which came with New York down two points. Both led to Indianapolis scores.



First Quarter

Colts win the toss and elects to Receive as Giants elects to defend the East goal.

NY Giants, J.Feely kicks 69 yards from Giants 30 to Colts 1 yard line as Colts, Terrance Wilkins returns it to IND 34 for 33 yards.

Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts opened the game as if adequately showing off the quarterback's arm, experience and savoir-faire. Facing a Giants defense with three new starters in the secondary, he threw passes on four of the first five plays, putting into motion a methodical 17-play drive that lasted nearly nine minutes.

After two incomplete passes; the Giants initiate the beginning of their errors with regard to Giants backup safety James Butler dropping what should have been an interception of a Peyton Manning pass that was right in his hands.

Colts now at their fourth down cap off the drive with a 26-yard field goal by Vinatieri with 6:07 left in the first quarter. Colts - 3 - Giants - 0

photo by MATT KRYGER

Colts, Adam Vinatieri kicks 70 yards from thier 30 to Giants 0 yard line as Giants C.Morton returns it for 15 yards and is met with Colts, Marlin Jackson.

The Giants moved the chains consistently manufacturing four 1st downs in a row. Then more of their errors began when Shokey is called for false start leaving Eli to play with 1st and 15 yards. As the Giants were unable to move the chains and facing 4th and 5, Tom Coughlin and the Giants decide to go for it; failing and turning the ball over to The Colts!

On The Colts next possession of the ball they were facing a 3rd-and-8 on the Indianapolis 36 when Peyton Manning hit Dallas Clark for a 23-yard pass for a first down to end the first quarter.

The Colts Dallas Clark tries to get extra yards on Antonio Pierce of the Giants during first quarter action.

Second Quarter

The Colts had 1st and-goal on the Giants 9, but a false start penalty, a rush for minus-one and two incomplete passes forced the Colts into a field goal as Vinatieri hit a 32-yarder for a 6-0 lead with less than three minutes into the second quarter.

Colts kickoff with Vinatieri kicking 71 yards from the Colts 30 to Giants 1 yard line as Giants, Morton returns it to Giants 20 for 21 yards before he is met up with Colts, Rob Morris and Darrell Reid.

More mistakes kept the Giants off the scoreboard when Burress got called for two illegal blocks. One on a Giants, left tackle - Jacobs 25 yard run reducing it to an official 11 yard gain. The second when Giants Right End, Tiki Barber ran for 17 yards reducing it to officially 3 yards.

New York had an opportunity to get on the board as Eli Manning drove his team down the field on the ensuing possession. However, the drive was hindered at the Colts 22 with a Giants 4th down. Giants go for a field goal; at what time more haunting Giants errors come to pass as Jay Feeley's 40-yarder attempt went wide left.

Indianapolis took advantage of the Giants miscue as Peyton Manning was nearly unstoppable. He converted all three third downs on the march, including a 34-yard connection with wide receiver Reggie Wayne on a missile over the middle to the Giants' 17.

The Colts Reggie Wayne comes down with a long first half reception against Sam Madison of the Giants

Three plays later Wide receiver Reggie Wayne gave the Colts a temporary scare when he was slow to get up after an 8-yard reception. The team announced he suffered an injury to his right knee, but Wayne returned for the final drive of the quarter.

Three plays later, Peyton finished the series with a 2-yard strike to tight end Dallas Clark.

 (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
Indianapolis Colts tight end Dallas Clark (44) catches a touchdown pass in the endzone over New York Giants cornerback Sam Madison as Giants cornerback Corey Webster (23) looks on during second quarter NFL football Sunday night, Sept. 10, 2006 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

Peyton outran blitzing safety Gibril Wilson on a rollout to the right and put a deft touch on a pass over the outstretched hands of Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Strahan, who was in zone coverage. to make it 13-0 with 2:25 left until intermission.

Again Colts kickoff with Vinatieri kicking 63 yards from thier 30 to Giants 7and Morton returning it for a mere 7 yards as he was hit by Darrell Reid.

The Giants finally put points on the board as Eli Manning drove his team down the field. Eli performed an enlightening drive, moving the Giants 86-yards in eight plays. Barber got it going with 17 reception and two 11-yard runs. On 2nd-and-9 from the Colts 34, Eli Manning put the ball up and Burress tipped it and pulled it down in the end zone.

 However, the bad news was the Giants lost guard Chris Snee to an ankle injury on the drive, and he did not return.

The score got New York within 13-7 with 32 seconds left in the first half, but that was just enough time for Peyton to do some more damage.

Taking over at his own 38 with 25 seconds to go, Peyton Manning hit Marvin Harrison on three straight passes for 30 yards, setting up a 48-yard field goal by Vinatieri as time expired in the second quarter to give the Colts a 16-7 lead going into the locker room.

3rd Quarter


The Colts kicked off with Vinatieri kicking 68 yards from Colts 30 to Giants 2 yard line and Giants, Morton returns the ball for 29 yards after being hit by Rob Morris.

Again Eli performed exceptionally, while moving the giants downfield with 11 plays for 69 yards to cap it off with a 15 yard touchdown pass to Shockey making it a close game of IND 16 NYG 14.

On Colts next possession we saw Hunter Smith for the first time to punt the ball away for 52 yards - as the Giants ended up punting away also on their next possession.

On Colts next possession; Peyton threw a pass to Dallas Clark where Giants cornerback, R. W. McQuarters actually kept hold of the ball and intercepted on the play where Colts Rookie running back, Joseph Addai brought him down.

The crowd inside Giants Stadium is hyped as Eli and his offense takes to the field after the Giants defense intercepted the Pro Bowl - All Star Quarterback, Peyton Manning! Trailing 16-14, Giants appeared ready to take their first lead of the game. Wasn't anything for Colts to fret about. On the second play of Giants possession is when Eli Manning made the first of two key mistakes as he fumbled away his big chance to take the lead on Peyton with 1:31 left in the third quarter. Tiki Barber, who took a wider angle than the young quarterback expected, and instead of tucking the ball and taking a loss, Manning extended the handoff, resulting in a fumble that Colts defensive end Robert Mathis recovered.

(AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) watches players attempt to recover his fumble as Indianapolis Colts defensive back Antoine Bethea (41) signals the turnover during third quarter NFL football Sunday night, Sept. 10, 2006 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The Colts recovered the fumble..

Peyton Manning made the Giants pay for the mistake as he took the Colts downfield on an eight-play scoring drive.

Peyton hit Utecht for 6 yards, Wayne for 12 and a 5 yard run by Dominic Rhodes ended the third quarter.

Colts runningback Dominic Rhodes (33) turns up field on the Giants defense in the third quarter.

Fourth Quarter

Dominic Rhodes started the fourth quarter with a 7 yard run. Next play of the Colts, Peyton connected with Marvin Harrison 20 yards out to the Giants one yard line where Marvin ran out if bounds. Mind you, on this play was another penalty on the Giants as C.Webster was called for a facemask. positioned on the one yard line - no yards were enforced. On the Colts next play Peyton handed off to Rhodes who was pushed out of bounds for no yardage. Second and one, Peyton again hands off to Rhodes, as to where Rhodes proceeds to go up the middle and dove over the Giants defense line from the 1 with 13:13 left to give the Colts a 23-14 advantage.

(AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
Indianapolis Colts running back Dominic Rhodes, right, dives into the endzone for a touchdown over New York Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce during fourth quarter NFL football Sunday night, Sept. 10, 2006 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. .

New York, though, had an answer and much of that was Tiki Barber. He had a 22-yard run on 2nd-and-10 and an 11-yard reception got the ball to the Indianapolis 14. Three plays later, Brandon Jacobs ran the ball in from one-yard out to make it a 23-21 game with 8:01 left

On Colts next possession, The Colts ended up calling on Hunter "The Punter" to boot it away for 50 yards.

Momentum appeared to be on the Giants' side when they got the ball back at their own 10-yard line with 4:58 to play.

As the Giants were faced with a third-and-2 from their 18. Eli completed what appeared to be a first-down pass to Tim Carter for what would have been a 19-yard gain, but the Giants' wide receiver was charged with offensive pass interference.

Carter and his teammates didn't believe it was because of a push by the fifth-year receiver.

 On the Giants next play of a third-and-11, Eli made big mistake No. 2 when he lobbed a pass to the right that was intercepted by Nick Harper.

 (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
Indianapolis Colts defensive back Nick Harper, left, intercepts a pass intended for New York Giants wide receiver Amani Toomer during fourth quarter NFL football Sunday night, Sept. 10, 2006 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

"A bad decision by me," Eli said. "I can't float it there."

The Colts proceeded to milk the clock using Dominic Rhodes on numerous running plays and then settling for Adam Vinatieri's fourth field goal of the game and a 5-point lead making it 26-21 with 1:12 remaining.

New York, though, had no timeouts left and was only able to get to around midfield before time ran out after Eli Manning fired two completions to get the Giants to the Indianapolis 49, but center Shaun O'Hara was called for an illegal snap as Manning spiked the ball to stop the clock with 18 seconds left. Because the penalty occurred in the final 2 minutes, there was a 10-second run-off. Eli Manning threw an incompletion on the final play.

Colts -26
Giants - 21

Game Notes: 

Colts WR, Marvin Harrison had nine catches for 113 yards
It marked the 54th 100-yard game of Harrison's career, extending his own club record.

Colts Dominic Rhodes and Joseph Addai combined for 23 rushes for 55 yards in taking over for Edgerrin James as the Colts running back.

Colts Tony Dungy improved to 3-2 against the Giants

Colts WR, Wayne had four receptions for 67 yards.

Place-kicker Adam Vinatieri, the Colts' major offseason free agent acquisition, paid immediate dividends.
He was 4-for-4 with field goals of 26, 32, 48 and 32 yards


WR Sinorice Moss, the Giants second-round draft pick, was inactive for the game. He missed most of training camp with a quadriceps injury

Giants G Chris Snee left the game late in the second with an ankle injury, the extent of which is not known.

Giants Pro Bowl defensive end Osi Umenyiora left in the second half with leg cramps.

Giants, RB Brandon Jacobs finished with eight carries for 54 yards

Giants Tom Coughlin is 0-5 in his coaching career against the Colts

Brother against brother








Peyton Manning








Eli Manning








(AP Photo/Mel Evans)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, left, walks off the field with brother, Peyton Manning, quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts after the Colts beat the Giants 26-21 in NFL football action at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., Sunday, Sept. 10, 2006.


The Colts meet all three of their AFC South opponents at home over the next four weeks, beginning with Houston on Sunday at the RCA Dome. The Colts are 20-4 in the division since realignment created the AFC South in 2002.


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