Ahmad Bradshaw #44 of the Indianapolis Colts gets tackled by...

Ahmad Bradshaw #44 of the Indianapolis Colts gets tackled by Jacquian Williams #57 and Damontre Moore #98 of the New York Giants in the first quarter during their game at MetLife Stadium on Nov. 3, 2014 in East Rutherford, N.J. Credit: Getty Images / Jeff Zelevansky

They weren't the biggest stars of the night for the Colts. Not when Andrew Luck threw for 354 yards and four touchdowns.

But former Giants Ahmad Bradshaw and Hakeem Nicks contributed to Indianapolis' 40-24 victory Monday night at MetLife Stadium.

And both said it meant a lot to be part of a big win against their old team.

"Definitely, definitely," Nicks said. "Everyone sees the game film. And I think it'll speak for itself."

Said Bradshaw: "Oh, definitely. They let me go for a reason. I believe everything happens for a reason. All I can do is control what I can control, and that's just playing football and having fun and showing I still got it out there."

Bradshaw rushed for 50 yards on seven carries and caught three passes for 29 yards. Nicks, whose departure from the Giants was more acrimonious than Bradshaw's, heard some boos and caught three passes for 44 yards.

The real star for the Colts (6-3) was Luck, who completed 25 of 46 passes. Luck spread it around, with touchdown tosses to Coby Fleener, Reggie Wayne, Dwayne Allen and T.Y. Hilton.

Bradshaw played for the Giants from 2007-12 and won a pair of Super Bowl rings. He is a Tom Coughlin favorite.

"That was exciting, man," Bradshaw said. "It was an emotional game, coming back and seeing some of my old friends and playing against them. A lot of guys who used to be brothers to me. I had a lot of fun out there."

Nicks played for the Giants from 2009-13 and has a Super Bowl ring of his own. But his final season as a Giant was awkward -- he seemed to be at odds with team brass and did not catch a touchdown pass in 15 games -- and led to his departure as a free agent.

"It felt real good to get back out here," Nicks said. "But we just wanted to focus on playing team ball, which we did a good job at. We came out here and played lights-out football."

Nicks said he chatted with his former teammates before and after the game.

"It was all love," Nicks said. "It was all good. But during the game, it was football. I don't have hard feelings with none of those guys over there. Like I always say, I won a Super Bowl with those guys, so there will never be no hard feelings . . . Being able to get this 'W' was great."

Said Bradshaw: "It was all love. We respect each other."

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