It was like 2009 all over again for the Giants as Eli and Co. were battered by Peyton and the Colts. They were shoved around so badly in their 38-14 loss that at one point the frustration boiled over, with Brandon Jacobs flinging his helmet into the stands.Typical of the Giants' night: .Jacobs - who later apologized for his tantrum - was aiming for the bench, but the helmet got stuck in the adhesive part of his glove and slipped off and flew into the stands.
NBC's Andrea Kremer reported that Giants officials said Jacobs had thrown the helmet in rage after getting pulled from the game but intended to hit the bench with it. It slipped out of his hand and landed almost 10 rows up into the stands. Coughlin said he hadn't been aware of the helmet incident until the Giants' PR staff briefed him about it after the game, so the fact that Jacobs didn't get another carry the rest of the game was likely more attributable to both Coughlin's distaste for his soft approach and the score, which dictated the Giants throw more.
The Giants were admittedly caught off guard by that, especially since the Colts had run just 10 times while passing 57 times in their opening-day loss to the Houston Texans. But Peyton said they decided to alter their approach when they saw the Giants had dressed only two defensive tackles a clear sign they were concentrating on the pass rush, while leaving them vulnerable to a ground assault.