The preseason for the New York Giants came and went for them on Thursday night as they suffered their third straight defeat in the summer as they were defeated by the New England Patriots 28-20 at Gillette Stadium. Most fans will probably be glad to see the preseason come and go, especially with all of the injuries.
- Eli Manning was able to get the first-team offense into the end zone in the first quarter, as he lead a 10-play drive and capped it off with a three-yard touchdown to Hakeem Nicks, which at the time, put the Giants up 7-0.
- David Carr probably did just enough to win the backup job behind Manning and will likely be kept over Curtis Painter in the team's final 53-man roster cuts before Saturday's deadline
- Josh Brown continued to be consistent and very good for the Giants in kicking field goals on Thursday night; as he connected from 35 yards in the second quarter and from 48 yards in the third quarter. In taking over for Lawrence Tynes, Brown has done a solid job in the summer and looks like he will be a force on the field.
- Steve Weatherford looks to be in mid-season form; as he already has 24 punts under his belt from the summer and on Thursday night, averaged 47.9 yards per his seven kicks and had a long of 57 yards on one punt; a really great job by Weatherford.
- Mark Herzlich had a solid game for the Giants at middle linebacker with four tackles and also had an interception of Ryan Mallett in the second quarter.
- Brandon Myers finally got thrown into the offensive mix for the Giants, as he caught three passes for 42 yards and with Adrien Robinson going down with an injury, Myers got to see the field quite a bit for the team.
- Andre Brown went down with a leg injury and will miss four-to-six weeks with a small crack in the left leg; the same leg that he broke last year against the Green Bay Packers. The Giants are lucky the injury wasn't worse, but losing Brown this early is a killer.
- Tyler Sash suffered a concussion for the Giants in the game, as he might have lost a chance to get playing time in the safety depth chart for the team with Stevie Brown out for the season and Will Hill about to serve a four-game suspension. If Sash has to miss any time, the Giants may need to make a move.
- Curtis Painter looked down-right terrible in the fourth quarter. Forget that he went 8-for-11 for 94 yards and threw a touchdown. It's meaningless. Painter was sacked twice on fourth-down situations that turned the ball over for the Giants and gave it back to New England. In that kind of situation, you need to get the ball out a lot quicker, and Painter failed to do so; which will likely signal the end of his short tenure with the team.
- Adrien Robinson also went down with a foot injury in Thursday night's game. He was seen in a walking boot and on crutches after the game, but reports say he didn't suffer a broken foot in the game. Despite not suffering that severe of an injury, Robinson may not be ready to go when the regular season starts, which probably propels Bear Pascoe to the backup tight end spot.
- In the theme of injuries for the Giants, Dan Connor suffered a neck burner in Thursday night's game against the Patriots. With the competition between Herzlich and Connor for the middle linebacker job, Herzlich might end up getting the nod for Week 1 if Connor's injury lingers on into September.
- Tim Tebow threw two touchdown passes against the Giants in the fourth quarter in the Patriots victory and lead a comeback; as they were trailing 20-14 in which Tebow scored twice. Many New York fans know the media circus that is Tebow from when he played with the New York Jets and his accuracy and throwing problems at quarterback have been well documented in the NFL, so having Tebow lead the Patriots to a win wasn't the greatest feeling for any Giant fan to have, even though it was in a meaningless preseason game.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Eli Manning, QB
After a rather under-whelming performance against the New York Jets where he went 8-for-20 and threw 83 yards with no touchdowns, the Giants quarterback needed to respond in the first quarter and show that he was capable of leading the first-team offense down the field and get into the end zone, which he did. Manning made some crucial throws to guys like Myers, Louis Murphy and ended the drive with a touchdown pass to Nicks.
OVERALL PERFORMANCE GRADE:
The first and second team units for the Giants looked solid; as the offense got into the end zone and scored a touchdown, plus the defense created more turnovers with two interceptions and a fumble recovery. Despite that, the Giants still took a loss; although most fans will agree that losing to the Patriots now as opposed to losing to them in the Super Bowl is a much better trade off. What hurt the Giants was the four injuries to Brown, Sash, Robinson and Connor; as Brown is out for the next month, while the other four players' statuses are unknown. In the end, it's good to see the preseason go, but the Giants could have ended it on a more positive note.
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