It was a sloppy start offensively for the Eagles at the Meadowlands, and the Giants capitalized with a 35-yard touchdown from Eli Manning to Mario Manningham to give them a 7-0 lead at the end of the quarter.
The Giants first drive was doomed by a holding penalty, which forced them into a first-and-20 they couldn’t recover from. Michael Vick responded with a poorly thrown ball on the Eagles second play of scrimmage that was picked off by Corey Webster. Vick was flushed out of the pocket and tried to throw on the run, missing DeSean Jackson short.
The Giants took over at the Eagles’ 42-yardline, but were driven backwards by a sack by Moise Fokou that sent them into second-and-21. A punt gave the ball back to the Birds at their own 15-yardline, and a first down out to the 40-yardline appeared to swing field position. Sav Rocca’s punt was short, though, and after a muff by Will Blackmon, the Giants recovered a few yards upfield at their own 30-yardline.
Eli Manning shined on the ensuing drive, going 3-for-3 on third downs for 55 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown strike to Mario Manningham to put the Giants on the board with a 7-0 lead. Manning converted on third-and-11, third-and-7 and third-and-8. The first completion was to Hakeem Nicks, who appeared to bobble the ball against the turf as he went to the ground, but Andy Reid didn’t throw the challenge flag. Six plays later, the Giants had capped their nine-play, 71-yard drive with the touchdown from Manning to Manningham.
Philadelphia went three-and-out on the next drive, and another shaky punt from Rocca set the Giants up at their own 30-yardline. The Eagles came up with a much-needed turnover, as Darryl Tapp tipped a third down pass and Quintin Mikell picked it off at the Giants’ 45 yardline.
On the first play of the drive, Michael Vick rolled out and scrambled for 11 yards before a late hit out of bounds by Jonathan Goff tacked on 15 more yards, moving the ball to the Giants’ 19 at the end of the quarter.