The Eagles and Giants have traded big quarters as they head into the half at a near standstill at Lincoln Financial Field. Philadelphia went straight down the field on their opening drive, but it was ended when former Giants Steve Smith had a Michael Vick pass bounce off his hands and into the air for Aaron Ross to pick it off. It was clearly not the impression the former Giant was looking to have on his old team.
The Giants responded with a quick drive that ended with a 40 yard TD pass to Brandon Jacobs, who took advantage of blow coverage by Casey Matthews on the play. The Giants struck quick on their next drive as well when Eli Manning found Victor Cruz for a 70 yard TD pass. The play was a comedy of errors for the Eagles defense, which saw Kurt Coleman and Nnamdi Asomugha run into one another, taking themselves out of the play and clearing a path for Cruz to scamper for an easy TD.
However, the Eagles fortunes would start to turn. The Eagles would run 9 times on the ensuing drive to get the ball down to near the goal line, but they would be forced to settle for a FG. On the Giants next possession, they would decide to go for it on 4th and 3 from outside the Eagles 30 yard line. Eli Manning found TE Travis Beckum with what should have been an easy first down, but Beckum fell down short of the first down marker and the Giants turned it over on downs. LeSean McCoy would cap off a long Eagles drive with a dazzling five yard run in which he made no less than five Giants miss.
The Eagles would then force a quick 3-and-out and add another field goal just as time ran out in the half.
14-13 Giants after two quarters.