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Giants take 14-10 lead into halftime

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The fact that the Giants and Steelers were playing in New Jersey less than a week after Hurricane Sandy dealt the state a heavy blow was the dominant storyline heading into Sunday afternoon’s game, but the officials stole the spotlight before the first half was out.

Two questionable calls (and one totally missed illegal block in the back) helped hand the Giants 14 points in less than two minutes in the second quarter. The Giants used those points to overcome an otherwise sluggish first half and take a 14-10 lead into the locker room. Eli Manning is 4-of-12 for 60 yards and an interception, although he’s picked up 87 more yards on pass interference penalties on deep shots down the field leading to flags on Steelers cornerback Keenan Lewis.

The Steelers have gotten a strong half from Isaac Redman — 14 carries for 87 yards — but two sacks of Ben Roethlisberger have kept the offense from generating much momentum outside of a touchdown drive following the interception thrown by Manning. The Steelers have the ball to start the second half so they certainly have every chance to overcome any bad fortune from the officials and turn this game into a victory.

That’s good because it would be a shame to see the game decided only by the whims of the men in the striped pajamas. The second half can still shift the storyline of the game away from them and back to the people we all want to see deciding the outcome.

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22 Responses to “Giants take 14-10 lead into halftime”
  1. geniusfan says: Nov 4, 2012 6:08 PM

    Victor Cruz is the first man in history to suffer sore ribs from a blow to the head.

  2. righthereisay says: Nov 4, 2012 6:09 PM

    If this was a bad team, sure the Steelers should overcome. These are the Super Bowl Champions who are spotted 14 points. Not sure how many teams could overcome that…

  3. redguy12588 says: Nov 4, 2012 6:10 PM

    Solid first half by the refs, great job on the 90 yards of penalties against the Steelers and that 70 yard fumble return was a thing of beautiful. Let’s see if they can keep it up for 60 minutes!

  4. ravenscrap says: Nov 4, 2012 6:10 PM

    Refs are crap and should have been fired at half time!!!

  5. justintuckrule says: Nov 4, 2012 6:23 PM

    I never knew the miniature violin factory was in Pittsburgh.

  6. dontstabmeray says: Nov 4, 2012 6:23 PM

    Wow. The NFL should be ashamed. If you want to hand the Giants a victory because of the hurricane, at least don’t be this obvious.

  7. johninpa says: Nov 4, 2012 6:24 PM

    You can’t get much momentum when all the calls (and missed calls) go against you.

  8. taintedlombardis says: Nov 4, 2012 6:24 PM

    Redskins had the same problem a few weeks ago against the Giants/refs. Suspicions abound. Now with this Sandy bullcrap, are the Giants a lock to repeat?

  9. firegoodell says: Nov 4, 2012 6:24 PM

    Word coming out of the locker rooms at halftime is that the steelers were given extra lube for the screwing they are taking.

  10. ninjapleazee says: Nov 4, 2012 6:27 PM

    I thought replacement refs were gone?

  11. blacknyellablacknyella says: Nov 4, 2012 6:33 PM

    this game isn’t even fun to watch. thanks, refs. thanks, goodell. you put an inferior product out there, change the rules of the game we have loved for decades, and take the joy out of watching football.

  12. ravenscrap says: Nov 4, 2012 6:45 PM

    And blatant late hits on Rainey after he’s down – he’s injured but no flags of course….

  13. hines86for6 says: Nov 4, 2012 6:48 PM

    Another blown call. no problem with antrel rolle hitting wallace there as he was getting up. But he hit wallace in the head first. thats a no no

  14. sonoco says: Nov 4, 2012 6:50 PM

    The refs are getting away with murder

  15. b1unt3d says: Nov 4, 2012 7:01 PM

    Is it just me or is it really sad that there are a few Giants fans who are thumbing down these comments? You guys really want your favourite team to win like this? Lame.

  16. hines86for6 says: Nov 4, 2012 7:12 PM

    what in the world Tomlin. your defense is playing well. take the 3 and tie the game.

  17. tobiasjodter says: Nov 4, 2012 7:22 PM

    hines86for6 says: Nov 4, 2012 6:48 PM

    Another blown call. no problem with antrel rolle hitting wallace there as he was getting up. But he hit wallace in the head first. thats a no no
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    Of course, I noticed as well that the first contact was helmet to helmet.

  18. greglloydrules says: Nov 4, 2012 7:27 PM

    Game over baby. Here we go Steelers

  19. justintuckrule says: Nov 4, 2012 7:30 PM

    Congrats steeler fans. You whooped up on us nicely. I just feel bad for some of your brethren above that quit watching at half because of the great conspiracy to give nyg the game. They missed a dominating performance bunch of babies.

  20. discosucs2005 says: Nov 4, 2012 7:35 PM

    On every level this was an embarrassing loss for the Giants. Not only did they have every advantage going into the game (home field, Pitt having to fly in same day), not only did they whine before the game despite all those advantages, not only were they given some great calls early in the game to take a lead, but they blew a 4th quarter lead, and the strength of that team, the offense, managed to go three and out three times in a row when it mattered most.

    On the flip side, the Steelers showed why they’ve won more Super Bowls than anyone else. They can over come injuries of their best offensive players, best defensive players, get a tough situation, get shafted on calls, and still pull it all together.

    You can never count the Steelers out in a game or a season.

  21. baroneski29 says: Nov 4, 2012 7:40 PM

    Congrats to the Steelers coming from a Giants fan. To be honest the Giants were spotted a TD and did not deserve to win this game. I would like to know how many yards after contact Redman had. The Giants D is soft and couldn’t even tackle him. At least wrap him up. The Giants need to wake up because that is three bad games in a row. They looked horrible today.

  22. Stiller43 says: Nov 4, 2012 7:53 PM

    Steelers had almost as many penalty yards as the giants had total offense

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