New York Giants football is officially back.
The Jaguars got the ball first after the Giants won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. With their first possession, the Jags went 59 yards in nearly five minutes, but ended in just three points before the Giants’ offense got the ball for the first time.
It was an inauspicious start for the Giants offense when they took the field. A pair of penalties by Ereck Flowers backed the Giants up to their own goal line, and the team was lucky to get punter Riley Dixon breathing room to get the punt off.
The Giants quickly got the ball back following a spectacular interception along the sideline on the Jaguars’ next possession, but the ensuing drive stalled in the red zone.
Janoris Jenkins nearly came up with another interception — which was still also almost caught for a touchdown by Niles Paul. The result was an incomplete pass which lead to a very long third down attempt, and Leornard Fournette going down awkwardly and limping off the field. He was diagnosed with hamstring tightness and was questionable to return.
The Giants offense showed that they could move the ball against the Jaguars’ formidable defense. However, early penalties knocked the offense off schedule, playing in to the Jaguars’ strengths.
A touchdown from the Jaguars late in the half extended the lead to 13-3, with the Giants responding with a touchdown to end the half.
Eli Manning is 11-of-12 for 98 yards and Odell Beckham Jr. has 5 receptions for 45 yards.
Use this as your second-half open thread, and the Giants will get the ball to start the second half.