The Bears ran 27 plays in the first half. New York sacked Jay Cutler on nine of those plays. The Giants held Chicago to 22 total yards, minus 13 yards passing, and minus 1.2 yards per pass in the first half. Chicago was 0-for-7 on third-down attempts. And despite holding the ball for 16:08, the Giants' defense recorded two turnovers, limited Chicago to two first downs, got on a roll in the second quarter and knocked the ball out of Cutler's hands three times, and didn't allow the Bears to score.
The pressure they put on Cutler was remarkable, especially considering all the panic heading in when it was learned that Mathias Kiwanuka would miss the game with a neck injury. Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck, who finished the game with three sacks apiece, were all over the place all night, and provided much-needed leadership on a defensive unit that's still a work in progress. Jonathan Goff, Chris Canty, and Barry Cofield were there to help out throughout the night.
Now, on to special teams. Terrell Thomas had an interception that Cutler essentially threw right too him that gave the Giants excellent field position toward the end of the first quarter. However, Lawrence Tynes would miss a 38-yard field goal after rookie punter Matt Dodge had a little trouble getting the ball set. Dodge also fumbled his first punt, though he recovered in time to get off a kick. At the start of the second quarter, he punted right to Devin Hester, a no-no in the NFL, then later netted 14 yards on a punt into the end zone.
Overall, the Giants special teams continues to struggle. Darius Reynaud almost fumbled on the Bears' first punt of the night, and Danieal Manning had a 23-yard return for Chicago to start the game.