Eli Manning and the Giants scored 20 points in the first half and held on to beat the Texans on Sunday afternoon, 27-21. >> Box score
The Giants were sharp on both sides of the ball in the first half and built a 20-3 advantage heading into halftime. With Ereck Flowers benched, Manning moved the offense down the field with ease, leading to Saquon Barkley's 15-yard touchdown run and eventually Rhett Ellison's 16-yard touchdown catch before the end of the half.
The Giants kept the Texans out of the end zone in the first half, limiting them to three field goals, but became porous at times in the second half. Still, they limited Houston to just one touchdown through most of the game, thanks in part to Alec Ogletree's interception and Donte Deayon's fumble recovery.
Damon Harrison led the Giants with seven tackles, while BJ Hill and Mario Edwards Jr. each had sacks.
Manning finished 25 of 29 for two touchdowns as he spread the ball around effectively, hitting seven different targets -- including his key weapons: Odell Beckham and Sterling Shepard. Shepard had six catches for 80 yards, but none were more important than his key fourth quarter touchdown catch, which extended the Giants' lead to 27-15.
Beckham caught a team-high nine passes for 109 yards, including a 30-yard reception. Barkley finihed with 17 carries for 82 yards and a score, while Wayne Gallman had six carries for 25 yards.