Two plays later, QB Terrelle Pryor dove over from the one to give the Raiders a 7-0 lead in the first minute of the game.
Later in the quarter, the Giants retuned the favor by blocking a punt and returning it for the touchdown for the first time since Sept 5, 1988. On 4-and-15 from the OAK 48, Damontre Moore bolted through the line, blocking Marquette King's punt cleanly. The ball was scooped up by Cooper Taylor on the 21, who took it the rest of the way for the score.
To illustrate how long it's been since the Giants scored a blocked punt, the principles in the 1988 play were Gary Reasons and Tom Flynn.
The Giants would fumble again on their next series. RB Peyton Hillis lost the ball after catching a pass out to the left flat. The ball was recovered by Oakland DE Lamarr Houston at the New York 21. The Raiders failed to move the football and settled for a 33-yard FG by Sebastian Janikowski.
JPP left the game in the first quarter with a bruised shoulder. After sacking Pryor, Pierre-Paul dove after RB Rashad Jennings on the next play, landing hard on his back and shoulder. He retuned to the game in the 2nd quarter.
After three lackluster drives (for a combined 19 yards) to open the game, the Giants went 90 yards on 11 plays on their fourth drive culminating in a Rueben Randle 5-yard TD grab.
The good vibe would not last, however. With 1:28 remaining in the half, the Giants had the ball on their own 37. On a 1st and 10, Manning, under a slight rush, threw a pass short right intended for Victor Cruz. The ball never got there. Tracy Porter stepped in front of Cruz, intercepted the ball at the 43 and waltzed into the end zone.
Raiders 17, Giants 14.