CB Elbert Mack returned an interception 72 yards for a touchdown to give the Saints an early 7-0 lead but QB Eli Manning was able to lead the Giants back to take the lead 14-7 at the end of the first quarter.
The Giants won the coin toss and elected to receive to start the two team’s first matchup in New Jersey since 2006.
QB Eli Manning and the Giants were held to just three plays on their first offensive series even after starting the drive in New Orleans territory.
Following the New York punt, QB Drew Brees took the field to lead the Saints offense. On third down, Brees found WR Marques Colston for a 30-yard strike down the middle of the field but Colston fumbled and the ball was recovered Giants S Antrel Rolle.
Manning couldn’t capitalize on the Saints turnover and made a costly mistake on third down, again inside New Orleans territory, as his pass was intercepted by CB Elbert Mack and returned 72 yards the other way for a Saints touchdown. K Garret Hartley made the extra point to give New Orleans an early 7-0 advantage.
On the next play, Giants RB David Wilson returned the kickoff 97 yards for a New York score. K Lawrence Tynes made the extra point to tie the game at 7-7.
Brees then completed three consecutive passes, picking up two first downs through the air, when FB Jed Collins was stripped by Rolle after pulling in his first reception of the game. Giants DT Linval Joseph recovered the fumble and returned it 16 yards to the New Orleans 35-yard line.
Manning was finally able to put points on the board in the Giants’ third time inside the Saints territory. Two penalties on the black and gold defense moved New York closer to the endzone and Manning capped off the drive with a six-yard touchdown pass to TE Martellus Bennett. Tynes added the extra point to give the Giants a 14-7 lead.
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