The Bengals got the ball to start the game, but while their opening drive got off to a hot start with a 28-yard gain on a tight end screen, the Giants’ defense stiffened and got off the field without any real damage done.
Eli Manning got the ball at the 11-yard line and engineered an efficient 15-play drive. And while the Giants’ opening drive stalled in the red zone and resulted in an Aldrick Rosas field goal, it did give us this play.
Seeing Eli Manning get out in space as a lead blocker once was, apparently, enough for Pat Shurmur and Eli’s night was done.
The Giants then turned the offense over to Daniel Jones who continued to look sharp, though his first two drives stalled. Jones got the Giants back on the board with his third drive completing a great long pass to Brittain Golden before getting squished when both Nate Solder and Mike Remmers gave up quick pressure.
The pocket collapsed again the next play, but Jones was able to get the pass off and the high floater was hauled in by rookie WR Darius Slayton when the cornerback slipped. Rod Smith punched the ball in two plays later to cap the drive, but left the game later in the second quarter with a groin injury.
The Giants will get the ball to start the second half.