Penalties and red zone woes upset TC

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- It was a sloppy night for the New York Giants.

Eli Manning threw an interception, the offense stalled four times inside the Colts' 12-yard line and the Giants were penalized 10 times, including once after coach Tom Coughlin was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Needless to say, Coughlin was upset after the Giants dropped a 20-12 loss to the Colts.

"I’m disappointed tonight, we didn’t make any plays," Coughlin said. "Might have made one or two, but certainly nowhere near enough. We had many opportunities and then didn't come away with anything."

"We were down in scoring territory a bunch of times and didn’t come away with touchdowns, so that continues to be an area of concern for us," Coughlin added. "Too many penalties tonight, starting with mine, which was foolish."

On the last drive of the half, David Carr threw an incomplete pass on a second-and-10 at the Colts' 12 with less than 9 seconds left. Coughlin then was hit with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for walking onto the field. Coughlin said he was on the field to alert the officials that he wanted a timeout. But since he had been warned earlier about being on the field too much, the officials threw a flag.

The penalty pushed the Giants back to the Colts' 27 and the Giants kicked a field goal with 3 seconds remaining.

Coughlin gave the officials an earful before going into the locker room at the half.

"I’m taking full responsibility for that, I was wrong," Coughlin said. "I was out on the field too many times, they warned me about that, but in that situation, you’re told by the officials to go ahead and come down if you need to take a timeout when the clock is running out, but that didn't happen."

The penalty just added to Coughlin's frustrating night. Besides losing two starters to injuries, the Giants watched Andre Brown get stuffed on a fourth-and-1 at the Colts’ 7 on the first drive of the game. On their second drive, the Giants had to settle for a field goal after getting down to the Colts’ 7 again. And on the team's third drive, Manning was picked off by Greg Toler.

Manning later marched the Giants down to the Colts’ 5 in hurry-up mode in the second quarter and Brown converted on a fourth-and-1 to get them down to the Colts' 5. But the Giants had to settle for a field goal.

And then came penalty after penalty -- 10 in all for 96 yards, including the one on Coughlin.

"I take responsibility for that," he said. "I was wrong, wasn’t a very smart move, but the frustration in terms of how we played was there and I am disappointed in tonight’s game."