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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.
Second-year quarterback Andrew Luck drove the Indianapolis Colts to a pair of first-half touchdowns against the Giants’ first-string defense Sunday night in a 20-12 victory against New York.
Luck completed 9 of 13 passes for 107 yards, including touchdown passes to veteran receiver Reggie Wayne (28 yards) and T.Y. Hilton (18 yards).
Luck’s quarterback rating was 133.7 when he left the game in the second quarter.
Luck was going up against New York signal-caller Eli Manning — the younger brother of the quarterback he replaced, Peyton Manning.
Eli Manning struggled in limited duty Sunday, completing 8 of 17 passes for 91 yards and an interception for a 39.1 quarterback rating.
Luck also scrambled for a 14-yard gain to set up the Colts’ first score.
Luck was the first overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft after the Colts won just two games during the 2011-12 season. Peyton Manning didn’t play that season because he was recovering from several neck surgeries.
Peyton Manning hadn’t missed a start in his NFL career, all with the Colts until the team released him in March 2012. He’s now the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos.
Luck guided the Colts to an 11-5 regular season before Indy lost to the eventual Super Bowl-champion Baltimore Ravens in the AFC playoffs.
The Colts’ defense played better Sunday night than it did in Indy’s preseason-opener Aug. 11 against the Buffalo Bills, holding the Giants to four field goals.
Last week, the Colts struggled against Buffalo, especially with their special teams and run defense, prompting team owner Jim Irsay to apologize to fans after Indy’s 44-20 exhibition loss.
Luck’s backup, Matt Hasselbeck, played all of the third quarter Sunday, leading the Colts on a scoring drive capped by Brandon McManus’ 50-yard field goal to give them a 20-9 lead. Hasselbeck played the final series of the first half, and he threw an interception.
Colts tight end Coby Fleener mildly sprained his right knee Sunday.
As for the Giants, receiver Victor Cruz and center David Baas — two key New York starters — were injured during the opening drive of Sunday’s game.
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