AT FIRST GLANCE
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PLAY OF THE GAME
Going for it on fourth down, the Giants called Peyton Hillis’ number from the one-yard line late in the second quarter. The running back jumped over the line of scrimmage for the score and a halftime lead.
In 11 days, the Giants open the regular season on the road against the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football. Detroit finished the preseason 3-1.
WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE OFFENSE
The first-team offense played the first two series of the game, yielding 28 yards, one first down, and two punts. After that, No. 2 quarterback Ryan Nassib (6-of-14 for 107 yards) played the bulk of the game until Curtis Painter took over at the start of the fourth quarter. But from top to bottom, the Giants were overwhelmingly heavy on the run against the Patriots, completing just 10 passes to 38 rushes for 179 yards on the night.
WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE DEFENSE
Like the offense, the Giants’ starting defense lasted for two drives before being relieved midway through the first quarter. In that span, cornerback Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie forced two incompletions, and the first-team defense held the Patriots to two punts. Meanwhile, the bulk of the Patriots’ starting offense did not play while rookie third-string quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was under center. Overall, the defense swarmed to the ball throughout the night with eight passes defensed as the Giants’ depth at cornerback surfaced. With Prince Amukamara (groin) held out as a precaution, backup cornerback Zack Bowman notched an interception. He almost had two, but one was called back for illegal contact.
WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE SPECIAL TEAMS
Wide receiver Preston Parker, who is making his case for the 53-man roster by contributing on special teams, assumed both kickoff and punt return duties on Thursday night. His best punt return was a 17-yarder in the third quarter. Meanwhile, some player named Tom Brady held the first extra point for the Patriots. It was successful. He, too, is doing all he can to make the team.
RB Andre Williams rushed five times for 44 yards, the bulk of which came on a 38-yard run late in the first half; LB Devon Kennard had five tackles (four solo and one for a loss) in addition to a quarterback hit; CB Bennett Jackson recorded three solo tackles and a quarterback hit; LB Dan Fox had three solo tackles.
LT Will Beatty, DT Mike Patterson, and CB Trumaine McBride.
DID NOT PLAY
WR Odell Beckham Jr., WR Trindon Holliday, CB Prince Amukamara, OT Charles Brown, OT James Brewer, LG Geoff Schwartz, RG Brandon Mosley, DT Markus Kuhn and LB Mark Herzlich.
Weston Richburg started at LG in place of Schwartz; John Jerry started at RG in place of Mosley; Walter Thurmond III started at RCB in place of Amukamara; and Johnathan Hankins started at LDT in place of Mike Patterson.