Crisp, efficient and potent.
After three quarters of bumbling around in Indianapolis, the second-year quarterback led New York to two touchdowns in the final four minutes Saturday night.
"It was definitely a strange game in that way, but it shows that we have some perseverance," Nassib said. "We'll play until the game's over."
The defense allowed 177 yards in the first two quarters, struggling to force punts, and kickoff returner Quintin Demps even lost a fumble.
"Whatever words you want to use to describe it, there was no production," coach Tom Coughlin said when asked about the offense. "There's nothing to look at from a production standpoint and that's disappointing."
"He's proven that he's made those big plays before and he did it once again," Nassib said of Washington.
The late rally, against Indy's backups, ruined what had been a big night for Hakeem Nicks, who signed with Indianapolis (0-2) as a free agent in March after helping the Giants win the Super Bowl in their last trip to Lucas Oil Stadium in February 2012. He showed his old team that he could still play.
All week Nicks held his emotions in check, telling reporters all the right things.
On Saturday night, he looked as if he had all the right moves, too, with the exception of a couple of goodbye waves to his ex-teammates as he headed out of bounds.
The second time he did it, the refs flagged him for unsportsmanlike conduct wiping out a 36-yard gain and getting a brief lecture from coach Chuck Pagano.
"He knew what he did, what that discussion was going to be like," Pagano said.
Painter's TD pass and Adkins' fumble recovery gave the Giants a glimmer of hope and Nassib made it happen by overcoming two offensive penalties and converting two fourth-down chances by hooking up with Washington for the winner.
"We challenged them at halftime," Coughlin said. "I wanted us to come out in the second half and see who loved football. It was primarily the end of the second group and then the third group that did it."
Notes: Four New York players left the game with injuries: Cornerback Prince Amukamara (groin), offensive tackle Charles Brown (shoulder), defensive tackle Markus Kuhn (elbow) and safety Cooper Taylor (toe). Coughlin did not have a postgame update. ... Manning said he is comfortable in the offense but that the Giants are still trying to understand all the nuances. ... Pagano said the Colts did not sustain any significant injuries.
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