What we got was a defensive struggle full of offensive miscues and missed opportunities.
The Giants failed to capitalize at the Saints' goal line, turning the ball over on downs after a failed 4th and 2 attempt. That was followed a fumble by Shane Vereen. Shortly thereafter Victor Cruz made a great catch and run, but a failure to carry the ball "high and tight" lead to it being jarred loose by the Saints secondary. The next series was ended by a strip sack of Eli Manning.
Each time the Giants' defense stood strong, putting pressure on Drew Brees that was absent in their 2015 meeting and consistently getting off the field on third downs, and a blocked kick returned for a touchdown. The play was made by a pair of defensive stars, John Hankins and FA addition Janoris Jenkins.
The moment of the game, however, was a long, scary moment after Saints' corner PJ Williams was kneed twice in the head during a tackle of Larry Donnell. Williams was carted off the field on a backboard. It was later reported that the hit knocked him unconscious -- Fortunately he was conscious by the time he was taken off the field -- and taken to a local hospital to be evaluated for a spinal injury.
Somehow, the Giants are leading despite three consecutive drives ending in fumbles. They will receive the second half kick-off, but will they be able to execute on offense?
Use this as your open thread for the second half.