Monday, August 22, 2011
Second quarter wrap: Giants 20, Bears 6
By Jeff Dickerson
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants ran over the Chicago Bears in the second quarter en route to a 20-6 halftime lead in the second preseason contest for both clubs.
New York running back Brandon Jacobs sprung loose for the game’s first touchdown, a 18-yard run that ended with Jacobs dragging Bears safety Chris Harris into the end zone. Jacobs also put a move on second-year safety Major Wright, who appeared to over-pursue the play and missed the tackle badly.
Then right before the half, Bears second-string punter Spencer Lanning had a punt blocked by Greg Jones, who came free right up the gut. New York recovered the ball on the 6-yard line, and promptly put another touchdown on the board as wide receiver Domenik Hixon pulled down a 5-yard jump ball over Bears cornerback Corey Graham in the back right corner of the end zone.
Giants kicker Rhys Lloyd also booted a 37-yard field goal earlier in the quarter.
One of the few highlights for the Bears on offense came when Jay Cutler hit Earl Bennett on a 32-yard pass down the right hash. But the drive stalled, and the Bears had to settle for a Robbie Gould 42-yard field goal. Gould missed a 55-yard attempt as time expired in the half.
Otherwise, it was a somewhat sloppy second quarter as Gabe Carimi (false start) and Kellen Davis (holding) were called for penalties. Davis, the Bears starting tight end, also had a drop.
Cutler was sacked once in the first half.
Bears rookie linebacker J.T. Thomas, a sixth-round pick, made his preseason debut and recorded a tackle.
Mario Addison, Nick Reed and Vernon Gholston all saw action at defensive end in second quarter. The Bears are looking for somebody to pick up the slack at the third defensive end spot with Corey Wootton out for the next few weeks due to a knee injury.