The Giants drew first blood, with Eli Manning completing six of his first seven passes, marching the Giants 75 yards on their first possession, which capped with a 2-yard touchdown reception for Sterling Shepard.
The Giants’ defense stayed strong, with B.J. Hill getting his second sack of the season and holding the Saints to a pair of field goals on their next two drives. The game ground to a halt as the officials allowed the Saints to kick a field goal after the clock expired on the first quarter, forcing the teams to trade ends of the field and the Saints to kick it again. The next drive the refs threw a flag on a Janoris Jenkins tackle of Alvin Kamara, believing the wrap-up tackle to be a horse-collar.
The Giants’ next drive started well with Wayne Gallman in at running back. Until, that is, Manning found him for a reception, which was quickly jarred loose by a big hit from the Saints’ defense. Second year cornerback Marshon Latimore recovered the ball, with the touchdown only saved by Eli Manning. While it could have proven costly, the defense held firm and held the Saints to a third field goal.
Notable stats at the half
Eli Manning: 12-16, 61 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 tackle
Sterling Shepard: 3 rec, 14 yards, 1 touchdown
Wayne Gallman: 3 rec, 17 yards, 2 carries, 6 yards, fumble
Saquon Barkley 1 rec, 7 yards, 5 carries, 21 yards
The Giants will get the ball to start the second half.
Use this as your open thread for the half.