- Associated Press - Sunday, August 17, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Colts receiver Hakeem Nicks spent the whole week saying all the right things about the Giants.

On Saturday night, he showed how much this preseason matchup really meant to him.

He caught five passes for 53 yards from Andrew Luck and helped the Indianapolis Colts jump out to a 26-0 lead, then watched as the New York Giants rallied in the final 10 1/2 minutes to pull off an improbable 27-26 comeback win.

“There was a little more emphasis on this one,” Nicks acknowledged during a third-quarter television interview.

And Nicks, who signed with Indy as a free agent in March, made sure his old teammates knew it.

The 26-year-old receiver jump-started his big night with a catch-and-sprint for a 17-yard gain in the first quarter.

On the next play, he caught an 11-yard pass near the sideline, waving his hand at linebacker Jacquian Williams, a play that set up Luck’s 5-yard TD pass to Griff Whalen for a 7-0 lead.

Two series later, Nicks was back at it. He caught a 36-yard pass on third-and-3, which was called back after he gestured at Trumaine McBride as he ran out of bounds.

That drew a flag for unsportsmanlike conduct negating a play that drew a brief scolding from coach Chuck Pagano.

Nicks made amends with an 8-yard catch for a first down on the next play and opened the second quarter with a 17-yard catch that led to Adam Vinatieri’s second field goal of the night, a 42-yarder to make it 13-0.

After that, Nicks and the rest of the starters called it a night.

“He was outstanding,” Pagano said. “Him and Andrew were in a rhythm. He was making plays. Obviously, we figured he’d play inspired football against a really good football team.”

But it wasn’t quite enough for the Colts (0-2).

After the Giants (3-0) stumbled around on offense for the first three quarters, Curtis Painter finally got the Giants on the scoreboard early in the fourth quarter.

Ryan Nassib then led New York (3-0) to two scores in the final four minutes, including the winning score on a 4-yard TD pass to Corey Washington.

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