Another Eli Manning incompletion brings on Lawrence Tynes for a 43-yard FG try. This time he’s wide left.
Adrien Clarke comes in for Jacob Bender to start the second quarter. Are we looking at an LG rotation for the immediate future?
Chad Pennington is in what Jets radio voice Bob Wischusen calls "the pistol" — a shortened shotgun formation. It doesn’t help. Chad flips to Leon Washington, who appears open around the right end initially but has to cut it back and runs into Brandon Moore. Result: 2-yard loss and another short Ben Graham punt.
Rookie LB David Harris comes into the middle of the defense to team up inside with Jonathan Vilma. But the big play of this drive is Darrelle Revis taking away Toomer’s inside position and breaking up Manning’s third-down throw. Another punt, this one by Chad Ohnesorge punting for the ageless Jeff Feagles, is downed by David Tyree, fighting past Manny Collins, at the Jets 1. Ninety-nine-yard drive anyone?
No. After an incomplete hitch pass out of an empty backfield, Clarke gets flagged for a false start. Then behind max-protect, Pennington can’t connect with Laveranues Coles and Leon Washington gains a yard.
Ben Graham has another short punt that R.W. McQuarters returns to the 36, and a Rashad Washington hold on the play prompts ref Ed Hochuli to announce the 10 yards will be added to the end of the punt. But after the commercial break, Hochuli corrects himself: Since the hold occurred in the end zone, it’s a safety.
Since that first play from scrimmage, it’s been tough sledding for the Green & White.
Jets 6, Giants 2
The Giants penetrate to the Jets 17. Then on first down Kerry Rhodes comes on a delayed blitz to force one Manning incompletion, then another blitz forces Manning to overthrow Toomer heading for the end zone. And a swing to Reuben Droughns is smelled out beautifully by Harris for a 5-yard loss. It’s Tynes time again, and he hits from 40. But all this better field position and a possession-time advantage of 18:48 to 6:50 still has produced only a very baseball-like score:
Jets 6, Giants 5
The mistakes continue. Sean Ryan holds on Brad Smith’s kickoff return, then a 1-yard completion to FB Darian Barnes and two Pennington incompletions, a go to Justin McCareins and a quick out that Jerricho Cotchery can’t handle. Now the Jets are 0-for-5 on third down conversions and have run five straight three-and-out drives — continuing a trend from the ’05 and ’06 preseason meetings with Big Blue.
The Jets’ sub defense, which had been bending but not breaking all half, finally breaks. Darrelle Revis made a nice PD on Sinorice Moss, then Vilma and Harris stop Droughns for 3 yards. But on third down, Manning throws a fade to WR Anthony Mix on outside CB Manny Collins, 7 inches shorter. Finally, a Giants TD with 27 seconds left in the half. After one more draw, the Jets kneel and head for the locker room lucky to be trailing by only …
Giants 12, Jets 6
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