Rain fell throughout the half. Ahmad Bradshaw returned to the game. The Giants took an eight-point lead into the tunnel, 21-13.
- 9:47: SAINTS: Hartley 32 yard FG ….Giants 14, Saints 10….Drive: 14 plays, 81 yards in 5:44
- 1:57: SAINTS: Hartley 25 yard FG ….Giants 14, Saints 13…..Drive: 8 plays, 67 yards in 4:06
- 0:20: GIANTS: Hixon 5 pass from Eli….Giants 21, Saints 13…..Drive: 9 plays, 69 yards in 1:37
The Saints opened the quarter with a creative drive that kept the Giant defense off balance. With the defense guarding against the big play, Drew Brees picked away at the openings the Giants gave him. The Giants scored a moral victory by holding the Saints to three points after a 14-play, 81 yard drive.
David Wilson took the ensuing kickoff 52 yards to the New Orleans 46. He was forced out on the left sideline by the kicker Thomas Moorsted. Eli began to warm up and get sharp, hitting some short passes and moving the Giants into the red zone. Several misfires combined with a defended pass in in the corner of the end zone by CB Patrick Robinson on Hakeem Nicks saw the Giants’ drive stall on the Saints’ 17. It then imploded when Lawrence Tynes’ 32-yard FG attempt hooked wide left.
The Saints quickly took advantage, driving the ball quickly downfield, highlighted by a 34-yard scamper by Darren Sproles. On third and one from the Giants’ 6, Sproles took a pitch from Brees and tried to cut around the left corner but was met by S Antrel Rolle and LB Chase Blackburn. The Saints had to settle for a 25-yard FG from Garrett Hartley.
Offsetting pass interference penalties were called on Robinson and Nicks on the last drive of the half negating a 40 yard gain at the NO 18 yard line. Ahmad Bradshaw was then called for holding, negating a 16-yard first down catch by Bennett. On the next play, Eli hit Victor Cruz for a 35-yard gain. Five plays later, Eli found Domenik Hixon in the corner of the end zone on a beauty of a play for the touchdown.
David Wilson racked up 227 yards on kickoff returns in the first half. The NFL single-game record is 304 by Tyrone Hughes of the Saints, who achieved that feat vs the Rams on Oct 23, 1994.