Sunday, September 16, 2012
First half: Buccaneers 24, Giants 13
By Jane McManus
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.
David 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.