As 1-2 Dallas enjoyed its bye and the Eagles and Redskins went to 2-2, the Giants drew even with their active divisional foes with a 17-3 win over the Bears.
It wasn’t easy or pretty, but compared to what had gone on the two previous weeks, the Giants will gladly take it.
“I had so much emotion inside me, and I knew we had to win this game,” said Osi Umenyiora, who teamed with fellow lineman Justin Tuck for six of the Giants’ 10 sacks.
The defense got to Jay Cutler nine times in the first half and knocked him out of the game with a concussion. They caused turnovers, and they never let Chicago get into gear either on the ground or in the air.
Yet, the Giants had to cling to a 3-0 lead before the offense finally put together a smartly executed 90-yard drive in the third quarter, highlighted by consecutive 25-yard plays by Travis Beckum and Ahmad Bradshaw and culminating with Bradshaw’s 3-yard touchdown run.
Meanwhile, missed opportunities, including a Lawrence Tynes missed field goal from 38 yards, stymied the offense.
Bradshaw finished with 129 yards and touchdown on 23 carries. Justin Tuck had three of the Giants' 10 sacks.
After the Giants went up 10-0, Brandon Jacobs fumbled to set up a Chicago fourth-quarter field goal. Minutes later, Bradshaw had broken away for what would have been a game-clinching touchdown, but cornerback Zack Bowman ran him down and knocked the ball out, recovering on the 1.
The defense held them, and Jacobs atoned for his miscue by capping the next possession with a 2-yard touchdown run.