First quarter

SAINTS: Elbert Mack 73 interception return at 9:38 (Garrett Hartley kick). KEY PLAY: On third-and-6, Eli Manning tries to hit Jerrel Jernigan, but Mack jumps the route, and, after juggling the ball initially, runs untouched to the end zone. Saints 7, Giants 0.

GIANTS: David Wilson 97 kickoff return at 9:25 (Lawrence Tynes kick). KEY PLAY: After returning opening kickoff 58 yards, Wilson runs up the middle and veers right and takes it back all the way this time. Saints 7, Giants 7.

GIANTS: Martellus Bennett 6 pass from Manning at 4:19 (Tynes kick). DRIVE: 4 plays, 35 yards, 2:24. KEY PLAY: Manning 15-yard pass to Domenik Hixon to the Saints’ 20 to start the drive. Giants 14, Saints 7.

Second quarter

SAINTS: Hartley 32 field goal at 9:46. DRIVE: 14-81-5:44. KEY PLAYS: Drew Brees 26-yard pass to Lance Moore to Saints’ 41. Brees 12-yard pass to Pierre Thomas to Giants’ 32. Marques Colston 12-yard catch on third-and-8 to the Giants’ 18. Giants 14, Saints 10.

SAINTS: Hartley 25 field goal at 1:57. DRIVE: 8-67-4:06. KEY PLAYS: Mark Ingram runs of 6 and 8 yards to start the drive. Darren Sproles 34-yard run to Giants’ 15. Giants 14, Saints 13.

GIANTS: Hixon 5 pass from Manning at 0:20 (Tynes kick). DRIVE: 9-69-1:37. KEY PLAYS: Manning 11-yard pass to Bennett to Giants’ 42 to start the drive. Victor Cruz 35-yard reception on first-and-20 to the Saints’ 18. Ahmad Bradshaw 3-yard run on third-and-1 to the Saints’ 6. Giants 21, Saints 13.

Third quarter

GIANTS: Wilson 6 run at 13:04 (Tynes kick). DRIVE: 4-20-1:40. KEY PLAYS: Drive set up on Stevie Brown interception on first play of the second half and 21-yard return to Saints’ 20. Manning 12-yard pass to Hakeem Nicks on third-and-8 to the Saints’ 6 to set up the touchdown. Giants 28, Saints 13.

GIANTS: Nicks 25 pass from Manning at 8:13 (Tynes kick). DRIVE: 6-62-3:09. KEY PLAYS: Manning-to-Nicks 23-yard pass to Saints’ 36. Cruz 3-yard reception on third-and-2 to the Saints’ 25 to set up touchdown. Giants 35, Saints 13.

SAINTS: Sproles 13 run at 7:21 (Hartley kick). DRIVE: 3-75-0:52. KEY PLAY: Joe Morgan 62-yard catch and run to the Giants’ 13 sets up the touchdown. Giants 35, Saints 20.

SAINTS: Sproles 9 pass from Brees at 1:51 (Hartley kick). DRIVE: 6-68-3:09. KEY PLAYS: Ingram 19-yard run to the Giants’ 49 to start the drive. Brees 27-yard pass to Jimmy Graham to Giants’ 17. Giants 35, Saints 27.

Fourth quarter

GIANTS: Cruz 10 pass from Manning at 14:20 (Tynes kick). DRIVE: 5-25-2:31. KEY PLAYS: Drive was set up on 60-yard kickoff return by Jerrel Jernigan to Saints’ 25. Bradshaw 3-yard run on third-and-1 to Saints’ 13. Giants 42, Saints 27.

GIANTS: Tynes 39 field goal at 10:19. DRIVE: 4-2-1:31. KEY PLAY: Drive set up on Brown interception of Brees pass and 70-yard return to the Saints’ 22. Giants 45, Saints 27.

GIANTS: Wilson 52 run at 5:10 (Tynes kick). DRIVE: 1-52-0:10. Giants 52, Saints 27.

FINAL SCORE: Giants 52, Saints 27.

RECORDS: Saints 5-8, Giants 8-5.


Sheldon Mickles