On the opening drive, the Giants took possession and ended up punting after a six-play drive. Matt Dodge's 56-yard punt was returned 50 yards by Greg Camarillo. Three plays before, Eli over threw a wide open Hakeem Nicks, who could have taken it to the house, but it was just out of reach. Nicks left the field limping, but returned the next series.
On the second play of the Vlkings' possession, Jackson underthrew Sidney Rice and was intercepted by Giants' LB Keith Bulluck on the NYG 32.
The teams traded three-and-outs and then several punts. Eli Manning was sacked by Jared Allen on a 3rd and 8 from the MIN 40 putting the Giants out of FG range. It was the first sack surrendered by the Giants since Week 7 vs Dallas.
With 2:46 left in the quarter, on a 1st and 10 from the MIN 48, Ahmad Bradshaw shot off left tackle and took it all the way to give the Giants a commanding 21-3 lead.
The Vikings answered right back when UFL refugee Lorenzo Booker took Lawrence Tynes' kickoff 96 yards for an apparent TD. It wasn't meant to be as the Vikings were called for a block in the back.