Key Play 1: Will Herring picks off Eli in the end zone.**
After the Saints' failed fake field goal attempt, Eli Manning and the Giants took over on their own 10-yard line for their first offensive series. Manning picked up four first downs through the air and drove down to the Saints 18. On first down, Manning fired a pass down the middle intended for tight end Jake Ballard in the end zone, but linebacker Will Herring snatched it from Ballard as they both rolled through the back of the end zone. After the interception, the Saints drove 80 yards and took the first lead of the game.
"The defender just made a good play," Manning said. "We had the right play called down the seam and I threw it up there and the defender made a great play on the ball. This game I felt we got off good. We were driving and moving the ball good but then they made a good play in the end zone on the turnover. But overall we moved the ball well. We are getting the ball into scoring position but we are just making mistakes. We are having a drop, a missed throw – just different things that are costing us points. We know when you have an opportunity to score points on a team like the Saints you've got to do it; you can't go backwards."
Key Play 2: Colston burns the Giants secondary.
With a minute to go in the first half, the Giants gave the ball back to the Saints on their own 12. Wide receiver Marques Colston would finish with three catches for 78 yards on the night – and all came on the Saints' 34-second, 88-yard touchdown drive. It began with a short pass to the left sideline when Colston took off, beating the diving Corey Webster for a 50-yard pickup. Colston then picked up chunks of 13 and 15 yards before Drew Brees hit Lance Moore in the end zone to pull out to a 21-3 halftime lead over the Giants.
"There's not much we can do about the final outcome now," Webster said. "We came down here to win a game and we didn't. All we can do is prepare for another great opponent next week."Key Play 3: Brees avoids sack, Giants challenge illegal forward pass.
On first-and-15 at the Saints 46-yard line, Justin Tuck got a piece of Brees in the backfield, but the quarterback stepped up and scrambled right. Brees then juked Linval Joseph in pursuit and completed a pass to Pierre Thomas for 15 yards and a first down. Tom Coughlin challenged that Brees had crossed the line of scrimmage at the 46 before the pass, but officials upheld the ruling on the field. Three plays later, Brees scrambled again for a touchdown and a 28-10 third-quarter lead over the Giants. * *