First-quarter wrap: Giants 3, Bears 0

Jay Cutler had a rough first quarter, facing constant pressure and he threw an interception. AP Photo/Kathy Willens

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Let’s be real here: the Chicago Bears lucked out to escape the opening quarter down just 3-0, considering the score could easily have been 14-0 in favor of the New York Giants.

Twice the Giants squandered opportunities in the red zone with drives ending at the Chicago 5- and 20-yard lines. Fortunately for the Bears, the Giants walked away with just three points when Lawrence Tynes’ second field-goal attempt near the end of the quarter sailed wide left.

Terrell Thomas set up the field goal by intercepting a Jay Cutler pass intended for Greg Olsen

Offensively, the Bears produced an anemic showing in the opening quarter with Cutler suffering two sacks due to protection woes involving Roberto Garza and tight end Brandon Manumaleuna.

The quarter didn’t end without the typical lineup shuffles expected now under coach Lovie Smith. The club replaced left guard Garza with 3:24 left in the quarter with Edwin Williams. Garza had struggled throughout the week with a knee injury. The Bears also replaced Tim Jennings, who started his first game of the season Sunday, with Zack Bowman at the 1:06 mark of the quarter.

The Bears benched Bowman last week in favor of Jennings.