The Bears got off to an early start on Thursday night in their game against the New York Giants as the team recorded an interception on the first two series of the game for the Giants’ offense
The second of the two interceptions was ran back for a touchdown by Bears’ cornerback Tim Jennings. On the next drive for the Giants, the team was able to tie the game on the legs of running back Brandon Jacobs. Jacobs ran for 53 yards and a touchdown in the first quarter while mostly attacking the right side of the Bears’ defensive line.
The scoring continued between the two teams late in the first quarter and into the second quarter on the Bears’ second offensive possession of the game. After a 3o-yard play action pass from quarterback Jay Cutler to fullback Tony Fiammetta set the Bears up in the red zone, Cutler targeted and connected with wide receiver Brandon Marshall for a touchdown.
One thing to note was that Marshall had already compiled 42 receiving yards and 1 touchdown on 3 receptions during the Bears’ first offensive series of the game. Marshall finished the half with 65 yards and 2 touchdowns on 6 receptions.
Eli Manning and the Giants’ responded on their next offensive drive in the second quarter. The drive concluded when Manning connected with wide receiver Rueben Randle on a pass that went for 37 yards and a touchdown.
One early concern for the Bears is that despite the two interceptions–which may have been on the wide receiver–the team’s defense was making life easy for Manning and the Giants’ offense. Easy to the point where the Giants’ offense was able to match the production from the Bears’ offense.
The Bears’ offense, though, was taking clear control of the game. For their second consecutive offensive series, the Bears concluded their drive with a touchdown. Once again, Cutler connected with Marshall for the duo’s second touchdown of the game to re-gain the lead.
On the corresponding kick-off by Robbie Gould, the ball was returned by Jerrel Jernington for 46 yards. Television cameras showed what appeared to be a sideline dispute between Gould and Devin Hester. Speculation was that Hester was upset with Gould’s placement on the kick. Nonetheless, it was all forgotten as the Giants went three-and-out and recorded the first punt of the game for either team on Thursday.
Gould put the dispute behind on the Bears’ last offensive possession before half-time. After the Bears’ offense drove the ball to the Giants’ 22-yard line, Gould secured a field goal to give the Bears a 24-14 lead at half-time.