Driving in Chicago territory and looking for the go-ahead touchdown, Giants quarterback Eli Manning threw his third interception of the night with two minutes left in the game to Tim Jennings. The ball tipped off intended receiver Brandon Myers' hands to Jennings. The Bears took over and ate up the clock for a 27-21 victory over New York.
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Once again, turnovers led to another loss for the New York Giants. However, after the Giants’ first two drives ended in interceptions (one returned 47 yards for a touchdown), quarterback Eli Manning settled in, and the offense was able to accomplish what it hadn’t all season – running the ball and converting third downs to sustain drives. With David Wilson out due to injury, Brandon Jacobs showed new life and had his best game in two years. Taking advantage of the Bears’ banged-up interior defensive line, he had 22 rushes for 106 yards and two goal-line touchdowns. The Giants also converted 7 of 11 third downs, but the third and final interception spoiled the performance.
WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE DEFENSE
It was an offensive shootout in the first half when All-Pro wide receiver Brandon Marshall notched the bulk of his nine catches for 87 yards and two touchdowns. The Giants were gashed with big plays through the air, giving up receptions of 20 yards or longer to three different receivers. However, they clamped down in the second half. Despite giving up yards, they forced three straight punts down the stretch, giving the offense a chance for a comeback drive late in the fourth quarter. However, the defense was unable to get on pressure quarterback Jay Cutler and didn’t force any turnovers.
WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT SPECIAL TEAMS
Jerrel Jernigan assumed kickoff return duties in Wilson’s absence and had a 46-yard return for the Giants in the first half. It was the longest of the season for the Giants. The coverage units limited the opportunities of the best returner in NFL history, Devin Hester. Charles James forced him to fumble on a punt return in the second half, but the Bears were able to recover.
Justin Pugh made his sixth start at right tackle; QB Ryan Nassib and S Cooper Taylor were inactive and did not dress.