Bears 20, Giants 17: A Loss, But A Lot Of Positives

August 24, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants tight end Martellus Bennett (85) is tackled after a catch by Chicago Bears defensive lineman Henry Melton (69) and safety Craig Steltz (20) during the first quarter of a preseason NFL game at MetLife Stadium. Brad Penner-US PRESSWIRE

The New York Giants lost to the Chicago Bears, 20-17, in an NFL preseason game Friday night at MetLife Stadium. Head coach Tom Coughlin won't be happy about the final score, but it's really inconsequential.

The Giants built a 17-7 halftime lead with a dominant performance by their front-line groups on offense and defense. Chicago's reserves outscored the Giants in the second half, 13-0.

The Giants are now 1-2 on the preseason and play their final exhibition game on Wednesday when they host the New England Patriots.

There were a lot of good signs for the Giants on Friday night.

  • Rookie first-round pick David Wilson ran five times for 49 yards and caught two passes for 26 yards. He flashed the big-play ability the Giants have been hoping for, and plenty of toughness.
  • Eli Manning went 17-for-21.
  • Ramses Barden had an impact on the game with three catches for 46 yards and a touchdown, and he drew an interference call in the end zone to set up a score.
  • David Douglas handled punt returns flawlessly. He had a 36-yard punt return wiped out by a penalty. He also had a 36-yard pass reception negated by a penalty.

Back with your 'Kudos & Wet Willies' Saturday morning. For now, look at the bright side. There were a lot of good individual performances. And Prince Amukamara could have suffered a much more serious injury than a high ankle sprain.

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