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INDIANAPOLIS -- Brandon Jacobs lost his cool and then lost his helmet.
Frustrated with the game and hinting he is exasperated with other things going on, Jacobs said he meant to throw his helmet against the team bench. Instead, the running back said the helmet got caught on the sticky leather on his glove before it flew into the stands behind the New York Giants bench in the third quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Jacobs repeatedly apologized after the game, but he did lose his temper with reporters for the second time this season.
"I was a little mad, but to be honest with you, it was a mistake," Jacobs said. "I did not mean to do that. Anyone that knows me knows that I didn't mean to do something like that. The whole world could have been falling down on me and I wouldn't have done anything like that. I apologize to Indy and their fans and our organization.
"I got frustrated and went to throw my helmet onto the bench and it caught my middle finger and flicked up into the stands," he added. "I'd like to apologize to our organization, Indy's and the fans. The apology is real. I apologize to the fellow that caught it and the people that were around it that were in danger."
Jacobs appeared genuinely concerned about his gaffe. But when reporters asked him whether the helmet toss led to his not getting a single carry the rest of the night, Jacobs lost his temper. He was short with one reporter and told the writer to ask head coach Tom Coughlin why he didn't get a carry after the incident.
When another reporter followed up later, Jacobs grew angry and later directed an obscenity at the reporter. Jacobs later apologized to that reporter.
Following the preseason finale, Jacobs told ESPNNewYork.com that he was frustrated with how little he was used in that game against New England and that he was unclear about his role.
When reporters asked him about his comments the following week, Jacobs ended the interview and stormed off before shouting an obscenity.
"I got a lot on me right now," Jacobs said Sunday night when asked about his frustration. "And a lot, it's not good. I want to forget about all of this and I hope the people around here accept my apology. It is a real apology and coming from the heart."
Jacobs was frustrated after he took a handoff and ran wide to his left for no gain early in the third. Coughlin was angry that the powerful running back did not run straight ahead.
"I was," Coughlin said of being mad. "That is what we saw, we see too much of that, the east and west stuff. Find some place to go and get up north."
When Jacobs came off the field, he threw his helmet. That was the final carry of the night for Jacobs, who rushed four times for 8 yards in the 38-14 Colts rout.
Coughlin, who spoke with the running back after the game, said Jacobs wasn't used that much after the incident because the Giants were behind and had to pass.
"I had no idea what happened," Coughlin said of the helmet throw. "I didn't see it. From what I understand he lost his poise and did something he shouldn't have done and if someone was hurt, then we all feel bad about that."
Jacobs' role has been severely reduced this season. Ahmad Bradshaw supplanted him as the starter and Jacobs hasn't been used that much. He got 12 carries in the season opener against Carolina while Bradshaw had 20 carries.
On Sunday night, Bradshaw got 17 carries for 89 yards.
"I want to play a ton but there is nothing I can do about that," Jacobs added. "I just get out there and play when my number is called and that is it. There is nothing more that I can do about that."
Ohm Youngmisuk covers the Giants for ESPNNewYork.com. Follow him on Twitter.