First half: Buccaneers 24, Giants 13

September, 16, 2012
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The Giants were booed by the MetLife crowd at halftime after Eli Manning threw three interceptions and the Giants trailed Tampa Bay 24-13.

The Giants spent the first half making adjustments after three starters left the game with injuries.

BuccaneersGiantsDavid Diehl's knee was injured in a first-quarter goal-line drive and the team quickly announced the right tackle would not return. WR Domenik Hixon was injured on that same drive after a 12-yard catch and a late hit to his head from Mason Foster. Foster got a personal foul. Hixon has a concussion.

Later, running back Ahmad Bradshaw left the game to get a neck X-ray. It was later announced he would not return, although there was no more information given about his condition.

Those injuries couldn't account for the Giants' stuggles on the field. Manning (17-for-27 for 215 yards, 1 TD) threw three interceptions in the first half. The first was caught by Foster and intended for Martellus Bennett.

Tampa Bay CB Brandon McDonald intercepted Manning on a pass intended for Victor Cruz, and the only thing that stood between McDonald and a touchdown was a horse-collar tackle by RB Andre Brown.

But it didn't matter, the Bucs scored on an 8-yard run by Doug Martin and led 17-6.

The Giants nearly made it out of the half down only four points after Hakeem Nicks scored on a 23-yard pass, but Eric Wright picked Manning for the third time and scored on a 60-yard run with eight seconds left on the clock.
Jane McManus has covered New York sports since 1998 and began covering football just before Brett Favre's stint with the Jets. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News and The New York Times. Follow Jane on Twitter.



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