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Highlights at the Half: Lions offense puts up 17 points on Giants

Some highlights from the first half of Monday night’s game between the Lions and Giants.

Detroit Lions v New York Giant Photo by Elsa/Getty Images
  • Detroit would get the scoring started when the Lions lined up for a third-and-12 on their second drive of the game. Matthew Stafford dropped back and delivered a jump ball to the back shoulder of Marvin Jones Jr. that he hauled in with Eli Apple caught in a twist in coverage:
  • New York’s offense would show some life on their next drive, however, and Eli Manning would take advantage of some blown coverage, hitting a wide open Evan Engram for his first touchdown reception of his NFL career:
  • Eventually, the pressure the Giants’ front-four was generating got home, and Jason Pierre-Paul forced Stafford to cough it up on a strip sack.
  • But the Giants next possession would be short-lived; Manning threw an errant pass behind Engram as he streaked across the middle of the field, while Glover Quin tipped the ball into the arms of Tahir Whitehead for an interception:
  • The Lions wouldn’t squander a second opportunity with such good field position, and they would turn this possession into points. Stafford climbed the pocket past the outstretched grasp of Pierre-Paul and floated up a pass to Eric Ebron for his first touchdown catch of 2017:
  • And of course, no first half would be complete without the leg of Matt Prater knocking home a field goal from another area code. This time, Prater’s 56-yard field goal attempt would bounce off the bottom bar of the field goal post and sneak through to give the Lions a 17-7 lead over the Giants at halftime: