1. Ambulance traffic jam
With two sickening injuries in the first term, to Pie Tim Broomhead and Giant Tom Scully, Melbourne's ambulances were forced into overdrive. Broomhead broke his leg as it was wrapped around the goalpost chasing a loose ball nine minutes into the match. In instant agony, he was given the green whistle for pain and taken to the ambulance, but with one vehicle required at the ground at all times for potential emergencies, Broomhead’s ambulance was forced to wait before a second arrived. A tick over 20 minutes later, a third ambulance was called as Tom Scully fractured his ankle under a crunching tackle.
WATCH: Tim Broomhead breaks his leg in sickening incident
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2. Where are the Pies' goals coming from?
Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley swung Darcy Moore forward to start the match after Ben Reid (hip) was a late withdrawal and big man Mason Cox suspended. Opposed to Giants captain Phil Davis, Moore looked the most dangerous forward in the early stages, kicking a goal in the first term. With the lack of a second ruckman, Pies captain Scott Pendlebury was made to enter seven ruck contests in the first half before Brodie Grundy had a monster second half. Moore watched on after half-time, withdrawn from the game with a hamstring injury.
WATCH: Moore has an early impact up forward
3. Sore Pies
Pies star Adam Treloar looked a shadow of his usual self before rallying to finish with 24 touches. One of four former Giants playing against their old side, Treloar spent large parts of the game deep in attack. Following pre-season groin soreness, the midfielder didn't train with the main group in Thursday's training session and lacked his typical bursts of speed. His first kick of the game came 26 minutes into the second term, a spectacular snap from the pocket. Vice-captain Taylor Adams played deep forward at times after a recent back injury.
WATCH: Treloar stands up in the clinches
4. Could the Giants' free running continue?
After kicking 20 goals to put the Bulldogs to the sword last week, the Giants’ floodgates were expected to open at the MCG. Think again. Last week GWS took 22 marks in the forward 50, this week it was 12. An undermanned Collingwood defence stood up for three-and-a-half quarters before tiring late as the Giants kicked clear. Pre-game, livewire forward Toby Greene was a late withdrawal with a hip injury, replaced by defender Aidan Corr.
WATCH: Stephen Coniglio gets the Giants moving
5. What MCG hoodoo?
As the Pies kicked nine points clear in the final term courtesy of James Aish, many thought 'here we go again' for the Giants at the MCG. Having won only one of their previous 12 encounters at the venue, the Giants steadied thanks to Stephen Coniglio's two goals, clinching the points and adding to their solitary victory from 2014 over Melbourne. With only one more match to come for the season at the home of football, it was a crucial final term for the Giants as they hope to be back again at the climax of the season.
The MCG change rooms haven't heard the Giants' song very often. Picture: AFL Photos