Halftime thoughts: Giants 10, Jets 7

December, 24, 2011
12/24/11
2:37
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The Giants lead the Jets, 10-7, at halftime of Saturday's game. Here are some quick hits from the Giants' side of the action.

TIME TO SALSA: Victor Cruz may have had the biggest play of the Giants season as he turned a quick completion into a 99-yard touchdown that gave the Giants a 10-7 lead. Cruz made Kyle Wilson and Antonio Cromartie miss initially, and then was able to avoid a tackle from Eric Smith, before going the final 40 yards or so for the touchdown.

THE PLAY THAT WASN'T: The Giants appeared to have returned a fumble for a touchdown but the play was overruled on the field and the Jets kept possession. On the play, Antrel Rolle tackled Jeremy Kerley and the ball appeared to pop loose as he was being tackled and Aaron Ross scooped it up and returned it for a touchdown. The play was overturned on the field, with the referee saying his elbow was down, and the Jets retained possession. The Jets ultimately missed a field goal at the end of the half.

THE DECENT CORNER: The Giants have not been afraid to throw at Darrelle Revis. They have thrown at him five times, completing two passes. Hakeem Nicks beat him for a 20-yard catch in the second quarter but Revis broke up a slant in the end zone to force the Giants to kick a field goal. Surprisingly, Devin Thomas had a catch against Revis.

THE 12TH MAN: On the first drive, the Giants stopped a fourth-down play, only to have it nullified as the Giants had 12 men on the field. The Jets went on to score a touchdown on that drive, on a touchdown pass, to take a 7-0 lead at the time. The Giants struggled to get off the field after that play and put themselves in an early hold.

IMPROVEMENT: One week after allowing 8-of-15 third downs against Washington, the Giants have shown vast improvement against the Jets. The Jets are just 2-for-8 on Saturday and have had to punt the ball several times already. It looks like the Giants will end their streak of five straight games of allowing at least 50 percent.

NO RUN GAME: The Giants have not been able to rush the ball at all in the game. Remember, after their best three-game stretch with backups Kevin Boothe and Mitch Petrus in the starting unit, the Giants put center David Baas back into the lineup for this week. The Giants rushed seven times for six yards.

DROPPING THE BALL: The Giants have a very talented group of receivers but they are plagued by drops each week it seems. Nicks and Ramses Barden have already dropped passes in the game, with Nicks dropping a wide-open catch and Barden dropping what would have been close to a 20-yard gain across the middle of the field.

Matt Ehalt

ESPN New York contributor

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