Giants 44, Colts 27

-- Amani Toomer and Jeremy Shockey gave the New York Giants the big plays they needed today -- and a win that put them in position to reach the playoffs.

Toomer had 204 yards receiving and three touchdowns, Shockey caught seven passes for 116 yards and Kerry Collins threw for 366 yards and four touchdowns as the Giants cruised to a 44-27 victory over Indianapolis.

The Giants (9-6), given almost no chance of reaching the playoffs just three weeks ago, won their third straight game and can clinch a playoff spot by beating Philadelphia at home next week after New Orleans's 20-13 loss at Cincinnati. The Eagles will be playing for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

"We've showed glimpses of this all year," said Collins, who had a season-high 366 yards passing. "Look at our guys, these are guys who can play. The pieces are all there."

The Colts (9-6) missed an opportunity to clinch their third playoff berth in four seasons and essentially ceded the AFC South championship to Tennessee, a 28-10 winner at Jacksonville on Sunday. The best the Colts can do now is hope for a wild-card spot. They host the Jaguars next week.

"We had a lot riding on the game, but we played a team that had a lot riding on it, too," Colts Coach Tony Dungy said. "In this kind of game, you have to play with intensity, and we didn't do that."

On one of the most critical days of the season, the Colts turned in their worst performance of the year.

The Colts allowed a season-high 44 points -- the most scored by a Giants team since Jim Fassel took over as coach in 1997.

And although Peyton Manning became the first quarterback in NFL history with four consecutive 4,000-yard seasons and Marvin Harrison moved within one game of tying Michael Irvin's league record for 100-yard games in a season, the Colts struggled.

They ran for only 50 yards, and two-time NFL rushing champ Edgerrin James was limited to 13 yards on 10 carries. Manning was 30 of 46 for 365 yards with three touchdown passes -- most of that coming late with the Colts trailing by a large margin. He also threw two interceptions.

New York dominated the game from the start.

A blocked punt and a Manning interception led to a 10-0 first-quarter Giants lead, and when New York returned for the second half, it reverted to trickery.

Collins threw a screen to Tiki Barber, who then threw it back to Collins. Collins turned and found Toomer, hitting him perfectly in stride for an 82-yard touchdown and a 17-3 lead on the first offensive play of the second half.

Four minutes later, Collins connected with Charles Stackhouse on an 18-yard touchdown for a 23-3 lead. Before the quarter ended, Barber ran in from two yards to make it 30-6. Barber had 60 yards on 18 carries.

Manning hooked up with Reggie Wayne on touchdown passes of 21 and 40 yards, the second putting Manning over the 4,000-yard mark. He also had a 25-yarder to Harrison, who finished with 10 catches for 128 yards, extending his single-season reception record to 137.

The Giants sealed the win with Collins's fourth touchdown pass, a 27-yarder to Toomer, with four minutes to go.

The Colts have not won a home game against the Giants since beating New York, 31-16, in Baltimore on Dec. 27, 1959. They captured their second straight NFL championship with that win.

Giants running back Tiki Barber succumbs to gravitational pull and Colts linebacker Mike Peterson in the first quarter. Seeing is unbelievable for Colts quarterback Peyton Manning.