Giants end their preseason on a losing note, losing to the Patriots, 28-20. Giants finish the preseason with a 1-3 record with three straight losses. Not much should be taken from preseason performances, as teams are trying to figure out who to keep and who to cut for the upcoming season but there should be a cause of concern for the Giants offense. Giants finished the preseason with only four touchdowns and the offense seemed stagnant many times throughout the preseason.
Giants began the first quarter stumbling on offense the first two drives before going on a 91-yard drive, capped off by a 3-yard pass from Eli Manning to Hakeem Nicks to open the scoring. That drive may serve as relief for the Giants, who have struggled to get anything going on offense all preseason. The Giants defense did their job to hold the Patriots scoreless and ended the first quarter with a 7-0 lead.
Patriots responded in the second quarter by scoring on two consecutive drives. The first drive ending with a George Winn one yard run, Prince Amukamara had an interception overturned which gave the Patriots a second chance to score. The second drive ended with a Ryan Mallet 40 yard pass to Josh Boyce to help the Patriots to a 14-7 lead over the Giants. Josh Brown responds late in the second quarter with a 35-yard FG to bring the Giants within four points of the Patriots, 14-10.
Giants dominate the third quarter by scoring ten points and forcing the Patriots to punt on all three of their possessions. Josh Brown kicks a 48 yard FG to cut the lead to one, then later in the quarter Da’Rel Scott scores off a screen (pass by Curtis Painter), 6 yards for a touchdown. Giants go into the fourth quarter with a 20-14 lead.
Giants begin the fourth quarter by turning over the ball on downs and Patriots capitalized with a 52-yard TD pass from Tim Tebow to Quentin Sims. Tim Tebow, who has often been criticized for his quarterback play and dreadful passing, might have saved himself a spot on the team after his performance in the fourth quarter. It’s wishful thinking, but it’s a possibility.
Giants tried to execute on offense to retake the lead but were unsuccessful in doing so. Late in the game, after the Giants turned the ball over on downs, Tebow capped off his performance by completing a 9-yard TD pass to Quentin Sims for the final nail in the coffin and hopefully earning himself a spot on the Patriots roster.
Giants used four quarterbacks in this game. Curtis Painter finished 8 of 11 for 94 yards, 1 TD. Eli Manning looked impressive on the 91-yard drive in the first quarter and finished 6 of 9 for 74 yards. David Carr finished 5 of 8 for 42 yards and Ryan Nassib finished 4 of 9 for 37 yards. David Wilson led the Giants in rushing with 6 carries for 37 yards. Marcus Harris led the Giants in receiving with 2 receptions for 55 yards. On defense, Mark Herzlich had 8 tackles and 1 interception.
Patriots rested many of their starters, including Tom Brady. Ryan Mallet went 10 of 16 for 117 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT and Tim Tebow went 6 of 11 for 91 yards, 2 TDs and 1 INT. George Winn led the Patriots in rushing with 14 carries for 54 yards, 1 TD. Quentin Sims led all Patriots receivers with 3 receptions for 72 yards, 2 TDs. Marquice Cole led the Patriots with 7 tackles on defense.
Noteable Injuries: Giants RB Andre Brown suffered a fractured left leg, but the fracture doesn’t seem to be serious enough to keep him out for the rest of the season. Brown optimistically hopes that he’ll be back within the next couple of weeks, but it’s more likely he’ll miss several games this upcoming season.
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