Instead of the high flying game many were expecting, the Eagles and Giants engaged in a ball control contest for much of the first half. Both teams had drives of more than seven minutes that culminated in points, with the Eagles leading 13-3 thanks to a 4-yard touchdown run by Michael Vick and two David Akers field goals.
It looked like a defensive struggle early on in the first quarter, with both teams going three and out on their first drives. The Giants went three and out once more, before Michael Vick and the Eagles got their second opportunity on offense and put together a long scoring drive to take a 7-0 lead. Philadelphia went 68 yards on 13 plays in 7:09, and Vick punched it in with a scramble inside the right pylon of the end zone.
Vick went 6-of-8 on the drive for 59 yards, with two key completions. On 2nd and 18 from the Eagles 24 yardline, Vick stayed patient in the pocket before finding DeSean Jackson over the middle for a 23-yard gain. Six plays later on 3rd and 9 at the Giants’ 28 yardline, Vick again found Jackson for a first down, this time picking up 13 yards.
The Giants put together a long drive of their own, going 74 yards on 14 plays in 8:06, but settling for a 24-yard field goal by Lawrence Tynes. The Eagles were able to stop the Giants on second and third down inside the 6-yardline to force the field goal.
Philadelphia then began to take advantage of turnovers, as Brandon Graham forced a fumble by Ahmad Bradshaw that was recovered by Asante Samuel at the Giants’ 23-yardline. Philadelphia couldn’t get a touchdown off the turnover though, as Vick looked for Jackson in the end zone on 3rd and 7, but the pass was slightly low and Jackson dropped it. Akers connected on a 38-yard field goal to make it 10-3.
On the very next drive, Manning threw an interception to Asante Samuel, who returned it to the Giants 13-yardline. Again the Eagles were stymied, this time on a dropped pass by a wide open Jason Avant in the back of the end zone, as Vick was under heavy pressure from a blitz. Akers made a 24-yard field goal and the Eagles led 13-3.
The Giants got the ball back with 3:05 remaining, but stalled out and had to punt the ball back to the Eagles with 1:43 left in the half. The Birds got all the way down to the Giants’ 15-yardline after a 35 yard completion from Vick to Jeremy Maclin, a 10-yard run by Vick and a 20-yard pass again to Maclin. A clipping penalty on Todd Heremans forced the Birds into 1st and 25 though, and three straight blitzes from the Giants led to two incomplete passes by Vick under heavy pressure and a short run.
As the clock expired, a 42-yard field goal attempt by Akers was blocked by Terrell Thomas and returned to the Eagles 43-yardline by Corey Webster, who was forced out by Eagles’ punter/holder Sav Rocca.
The Eagles lead 13-3 at halftime, and Vick is 10-of-19 for 130 yards through the air with 6 runs for 24 yards and a touchdown. Jeremy Maclin has 5 catches for 72 yards and DeSean Jackson has caught 2 passes for 72 yards.
Manning is 8-of-14 for 63 yards and an interception, with Hakeem Nicks leading the way with 3 catches for 41 yards. Ahmad Bradshaw has 9 carries for 22 yards and a fumble, while Brandon Jacobs has 5 runs for 10 yards.