Halftime Report: Giants 21, Saints 13

December, 9, 2012
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A quick take on the first half:

Shaky start: Eli Manning nearly threw an interception on the very first possession of the game, on a ball intended for Domenik Hixon. On the Giants' second possession, Manning did throw a pick, and it was returned 73 yards for a touchdown by Elbert Mack, giving New Orleans a 7-0 lead.

Game changer: Rookie David Wilson has had some big kickoff returns this season, but he finally broke one for a touchdown in Week 14. Right after the Saints' touchdown, Wilson returned the ensuing kickoff 97 yards for a TD, tying the game at 7.

Wilson also had kick returns of 58 and 52 yards in the first half -- but the Giants failed to score on either of those possessions despite the great field position.

Strong finish: The Giants had just 80 total yards of offense until their final drive of the first half. Starting at his own 31-yard line with just under two minutes remaining, Manning methodically marched the Giants down the field -- as he often does in the two-minute drill. He finished it off with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Hixon, who made a beautiful grab in the back corner of the end zone.

Manning also threw a 6-yard TD pass to Martellus Bennett late in the first quarter. He was 15-for-22 for 146 yards in the first half. But the Giants rushed for just 13 yards on eight carries.

The other side: The Saints racked up 227 yards of offense in the first half -- 126 in the air, 101 on the ground. But a pair of first-quarter turnovers hurt them badly. Wideout Marques Colston fumbled at the end of a 30-yard catch and run, recovered by Antrel Rolle. And on the Saints' very next possession, fullback Jed Collins fumbled after catching a short pass, recovered by Linval Joseph.

Automatic no more: Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes, who was 32-for-36 on field goals coming into the game, missed a 32-yarder in the second quarter.
Kieran Darcy is an ESPNNewYork.com staff writer. He joined ESPN in August 2000 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball.
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