Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Falling Fast

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Falling Fast

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EAST RUTHERFORD - If there was one play to define the Giants' season, this was it.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie had perfect position on T.Y. Hilton, the Colts' leading wide receiver and one of the league's most explosive playmakers.

Andrew Luck challenged him, firing a strike into the end zone where a leaping Rodgers-Cromartie had what could have been a game- changing interception in his sights.

That's when Hilton instead pulled the football away, tumbling into the end zone for a touchdown and sending Rodgers-Cromartie away in disbelief.

The Giants were so close to a big play, only to have the opposition celebrate another one at their expense in Monday's eventual 40-24 defeat to the Colts, a third consecutive loss that likely dashes any hope of getting back into NFC East contention.

"I'm not worried about that,'' said coach Tom Coughlin about the Giants' skid. "We have to worry about the team we play next week. We need to score some points."

Adding injury to insult: Starting cornerback Prince Amukamara tore his biceps in the first half and will likely require season- ending surgery, a crushing blow for a team already reeling from devastating injuries to Victor Cruz, Jon Beason, Walter Thurmond III and Trumaine McBride. Rookie left guard Weston Richburg was also carted off the field with an ankle injury late in the third quarter.

"We've lost a player or two a game these last few weeks," Coughlin said.

The Giants (3-5) have allowed 13 pass plays of 30 or more yards, including five that have gone for touchdowns and three for the Colts: a 32-yarder for tight end Coby Fleener, the 31-yard score for Hilton and a 40-yarder for Reggie Wayne.

All of last season, the Giants gave up 11 such plays, four of which went for touchdowns.

The Giants were hoping to prove they were ready for prime time, considering all of the breaks they were seemingly getting elsewhere in the division.

Eagles starting quarterback Nick Foles is out for six to eight weeks with a broken collarbone, leaving former Jet Mark Sanchez as the starter in Philadelphia. …

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