The Giants’ defense got off to a great start, after the Giants won the coin toss and elected to defer, racking up three sacks in the first half and managing to contain the Falcons’ explosive offense. Olivier Vernon, Kerry Wynn, Lorenzo Carter, and B.W. Webb all got to Matt Ryan in the first half.
Unfortunately, the Giants’ offense proved incapable of capitalizing on the opportunities and momentum created by their defense.
The offense started off on the right foot, looking downfield to Odell Beckham Jr., who averaged 19 yards per catch in the first half. However, the Giants’ offensive line, which has been bad all season, completely disintegrated in the face of the Falcons’ pass rush. The line largely failed to run block for Saquon Barkley and allowed multiple jail breaks when Eli Manning would drop back to pass. The Falcosn managed to sack Manning four times in the first half.
The Giants’ defense finally broke when the Falcons had a 3-play, 86 yard touchdown drive to put them up 7-0. The Giants responded by driving the length of the field, including a 38-yard reception from Sterling Shepard, but failed to punch the ball into the endzone. Instead the team settled for a 31-yard field goal from Aldrick Rosas.
Cornerback Eli Apple left the field with an ankle injury and is listed as questionable to return. To compensate, slot corner B.W. Webb moved outside and UDFA rookie Grant Haley came in the slot.
The Falcons kicked a field goal with 8 seconds remaining to stretch their lead to 10-3.
The Giants will get the ball to start the second half.