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.