The Giants’ streak of starting the game by receiving the opening kick-off was broken when the Giants won the opening coin toss and elected to defer. The Eagles got the first possession and it looked as though they wouldn’t see much resistance from the Giants’ defense. However, a failure to block Markus Golden resulted in a sack and a punt for the Eagles.
The two teams would trade offensive futility for the first half, with neither offense doing much and totaling less than 75 yards between them in the first quarter.
The Giants found a spark immediately in the second quarter, as Eli Manning found Darius Slayton on a slant, who capitalized on a missed tackle by Ronald Darby to turn the quick slant into a 35-yard touchdown. After that, Eli hit his stride, getting the ball out quickly and accurately to move the Giants down the field on their next possessions, and hit Slayton for a 55-yard touchdown at the end of the quarter. Eli finished the half completing 11 of 19, for 179 yards and 2 touchdowns.
The Eagles were able to exploit the Giants’ vulnerability to tight ends with big gains by Zach Ertz, but a holding call wiped the ensuing Eagles’ touchdown off the board. The Eagles suffered a pair of big injuries, with WR Alshon Jeffery leaving with a non-contact injury, and OT Lane Johsnon suffering a lower leg injury when Dalvin Tomlinson and Carson Wentz fell on him.
Because they chose to defer, the Giants will get the ball to start the second half.