How They Scored

Associated Press photo by Bill KostrounNew Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles scores on a 13-yard touchdown run ahead of New York Giants defensive back Will Hill in the third quarter Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J.
Associated Press photo by Bill KostrounNew Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles scores on a 13-yard touchdown run ahead of New York Giants defensive back Will Hill in the third quarter Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J.

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.

ATTENDANCE: 81,427.

Sheldon Mickles