Miami received the opening kick and looked ready to roll with a quick 11-yard pass from quarterback Ryan Tannehill to tight end Jordan Cameron, followed by a 6-yard run from Lamar Miller. On 2nd-and-4, Tannehill found Dion Sims for what appeared to be a first down, only to have Sims fumble as he was tackled and Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul recovered the loose ball.
The Dolphins defense would would hold, despite the short field. The defensive stand was highlighted by a 6-yard stuff in the backfield from defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. After six plays, gaining 19-yards, the Giants would settle for a field goal and a 3-0 lead.
The Miami offense then came out and found the rhythm they almost had in the first possession. Lamar Miller, Jordan Cameron, Ryan Tannehill, and Jarvis Landry all picked up yardage for Miami, including a 4th-and-1 conversion from Miller and a 14-yard run from the Dolphins' starting running back for the score.
The Giants responded with a touchdown drive of their own a couple of possessions later, picking up 70 yards on 9 plays. New York took advantage of the Dolphins' poor run defense, a problem they have had all season, with Rashad Jennings picking up 9 yards on the first play, then 21 yards on the second play. Randle added 22 yards on the third play of the drive, before several short passes led to a 6-yard touchdown pass from Manning to Randle, giving New York a 10-7 lead.
Miami then responded immediately, going 67 yards on seven plays, highlighted by a 17-yard pass from Tannehill to Landry before a 38-yard touchdown run from Miller. Miami re-took the lead 14-10 with the score.
After a couple of punts back and forth, Miami gets the fumble recovery from Reshad Jones after a bad hand off attempt by Manning. The Dolphins stall on the drive, but Andrew Franks is able to connect on his first field goal in three weeks. He hit from 36-yards out.
The Giants went 80 yards in four plays after the Miami field goal, including a 45-yard pass reception from Odell Beckham, Jr. A questionable personal foul call on Olivier Vernon for a hit on Manning added 15 more yards to the Beckham reception, then two plays later Manning found Will Tye for the touchdown.
Miami would then run out the clock on their next drive, heading into the locker room.
Tannehill finished the half 15-for-23 for 102 yards, while Manning was 14-for-16 for 154 yards with two touchdowns. Miller carried the ball 7 times for 69 yards with two touchdowns, while Rashad Jennings carried nine times for New York, gairing 42 yards. Landry leads the Dolphins with 7 receptions for 49 yards, while Beckham has three receptions for 63 yards.
The Giants will receive the kickoff to start the second half.