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Giants score late, take 21-13 lead to halftime

New York Giants' Wilson runs into the endzone for a touchdown during the first quarter of their NFL football game in East Rutherford Reuters

The Giants haven’t flashed quite as much of their game-ending magic this year as they did last year, but their end of the half mojo is just fine.

Eli Manning led them 69 yards in nine plays after the two minute warning and threw a touchdown pass to Domenik Hixon to put the Giants up 21-13 at the break. It was Manning’s second touchdown pass of the afternoon and the end of a half that got off to a fairly wild start.

The Saints scored on an Elbert Mack interception return, David Wilson took a kickoff 97 yards on the next play and a Jed Collins fumble set the Giants up for an easy touchdown just a few plays after that. The Saints were the better team from that point, but it wasn’t enough to get them to the lead.

Both teams are probably kicking themselves about missed chances. The Giants failed to take advantage of two other big Wilson kickoff returns with Lawrence Tynes‘ second missed field goal in two weeks to blame for one blown shot. The Saints were held to a pair of field goals after moving the ball with ease down the field behind their running game. They outgained the Giants 102-13 on the ground and owned an edge in time of possession, but their only touchdown came on Mack’s interception return for a touchdown.

That will have to change for the Saints to pull this one out. And the Giants will have to see that it doesn’t to remain in first place in the NFC East.

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11 Responses to “Giants score late, take 21-13 lead to halftime”
  1. zack2482 says: Dec 9, 2012 6:23 PM

    Eli has the best oline in the NFL.

  2. mynameiscoopermanning says: Dec 9, 2012 6:31 PM

    @zack2482

    Yes, especially when David “revolving door” Diehl got forced into the starting line up after journeyman (who was playing well) Sean Locklear went out. Diehl really shored up that OL! You could have Barry sanders behind that OL and he would barely reach 1k on the ground. You couldn’t fit a school bus between the holes the OL creates.

    Sincerely,
    A diehard Giants fan

  3. herlies says: Dec 9, 2012 6:39 PM

    “Eli has the best oline in the NFL.”

    I think you meant Tom Brady.

  4. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 9, 2012 6:42 PM

    zack2482 says: Dec 9, 2012 6:23 PM

    Eli has the best oline in the NFL.
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    Not at all, FAR FROM IT.

  5. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 9, 2012 7:09 PM

    mynameiscoopermanning says: Dec 9, 2012 6:31 PM

    @zack2482

    Yes, especially when David “revolving door” Diehl got forced into the starting line up after journeyman (who was playing well) Sean Locklear went out. Diehl really shored up that OL! You could have Barry sanders behind that OL and he would barely reach 1k on the ground. You couldn’t fit a school bus between the holes the OL creates.

    Sincerely,
    A diehard Giants fan
    —————

    I swear…

    But Diehl has been good today, and I have ripped the guy to shreds over the past year and a half.

  6. manningbowl88 says: Dec 9, 2012 7:24 PM

    what a coincidence goodell is at the giants game a witnessing the giants break the franchise record for kickoff return yards and seeing wilson spark the giants up personally with his returns….

    and eli manning doesnt have nywhere near the best o line in the nfl r u kidding me.. elis dominating

  7. zack2482 says: Dec 9, 2012 7:25 PM

    How many times has he been sacked this year? I thought so…

  8. zack2482 says: Dec 9, 2012 7:57 PM

    You Giants fans are ridiculous. I pay a compliment to your oline and you are all bent out of shape. Facts are facts Eli has all day to throw. A ton of QB’s would have the same success as Eli did. It’s just amazing how many times he gets bailed out after throwing costly INTs.

  9. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 9, 2012 8:35 PM

    zack2482 says: Dec 9, 2012 7:57 PM

    You Giants fans are ridiculous. I pay a compliment to your oline and you are all bent out of shape. Facts are facts Eli has all day to throw. A ton of QB’s would have the same success as Eli did. It’s just amazing how many times he gets bailed out after throwing costly INTs.
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    It ain’t a compliment. It was an erroneous assertion. Being the most realistic fans in the league, we corrected you.

  10. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 9, 2012 8:36 PM

    He doesn’t get sacked because he makes quick decisions. Snee has regressed, Diehl has been a turnstile for two years, Beatty has been very good without penalties, Baas has been above average, not great, Boothe has been the best of the linemen this year.

  11. zack2482 says: Dec 9, 2012 9:49 PM

    Realistic? Care to answer the question about the sacks? Realist..

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