The New York Giants lead the St. Louis Rams, 20-13, at halftime of what has been a very interesting, emotional game thus far.
The Giants led this game 20-3, but allowed 10 late points by the Rams to make this game much closer at the half than it should be.
Giants rookie Odell Beckham passed Jeremy Shockey for the franchise record for receptions by a rookie. A skirmish broke out late in the half when Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree hit Beckham out of bounds and a melee ensued. Damontre Moore and Preston Parker of the Giants were both ejected. We will have more on the ejections soon, so stay tuned. The catch, incidentally, put Beckham over 1,000 receiving yards for the season.
The Giants got a 9-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning to Beckham, and a pair of field goals from Josh Brown for their 13 points. The touchdown was set up when Orleans Darkwa forced a fumbled on a kickoff and Nat Berhe recovered the ball at the St. Louis 21-yard line.
Manning finished the first half 16-of-18 for 200 yards and one touchdown.
Rookie defensive end Kerry Wynn intercepted a tipped Shaun Hill pass to stop a potential St. Louis scoring drive.
The Rams got a 10-yard run from Tre Mason with 2:18 left in the half to cut the score to 20-10 and keep the game competitive. After the skirmish the Rams hit a 20-yard field goal to end the half, cutting the lead to 20-13. The Rams get the ball to start the second half.
The Giants have already been penalized eight times for 109 yards. We wil have to see if the Giants can get control of their emotions, play disciplined football in the second half and earn a third straight victory. If they can't, a game they should had had under control could get away from them.