- Ian Begley, ESPN Staff Writer
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PHILADELPHIA -- Here are a few observations from the first half of the Giants-Eagles game:
Nicks is out with knee and foot ailments and the drop-off between Nicks and Domenik Hixon and Ramses Barden (no catches) was quite apparent for most of the first half. Victor Cruz (six catches, 56 yards) had success in the first 30 minutes, but the other Giants wideouts seemed to struggle to get separation.
Hixon, though, got hot late in the half on the Giants' final drive. Manning went to him several times to set up Lawrence Tynes' 25-yard field goal. Hixon finished the half with four catches for 60 yards.
BOTH QBs HIT, HURRIED: The Giants' line -- minus David Diehl -- had a tough time early on containing Philly's rush. The Eagles hit Manning three times and hurried him four times on the Giants' opening drive. Sean Locklear and Will Beatty were flagged for holding penalties in the first half, with Beatty's negating a 39-yard gain that would have set the Giants up at the Philadelphia 10.
Manning is 14-for-26 for 151 yards passing.
The Philadelphia line had issues of its own in the first half.
Vick had success on the ground, running it three times for 19 yards. But he took a hit at the end of two of those rushes as well.
The Giants have mostly stopped Philly cold on the ground. They held LeSean McCoy to two yards on six carries. Vick, though, had success in the air. He hit on 11 of 19 passes for 132 yards and a touchdown. Corey Webster inexplicably left DeSean Jackson as he ran a route to the corner of the end zone on the Eagles' touchdown play.
So far, it hasn't mattered much.
Bradshaw has run the ball six times for 15 yards. Brown has run it three times for seven yards. In all, the Giants couldn't get much going on the ground, running for 26 yards on 10 carries.