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Josh Brown’s Game-Winning Field Goal Gives New York Giants 16-13 Win Over Patriots

August 29th, 2014 at 12:35 AM
By Douglas Rush

The final preseason game for the New York Giants came and went on Thursday night and just like they had done in their two previous Super Bowl meetings, they were victorious as they knocked off the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium.

Bill Belichick decided to rest his starters and let his backups play against the Giants and give some of them chances to win jobs on the team before Saturday's deadline to get the rosters down to 53 players, which meant Tom Brady did not play and instead, his backup Jimmy Garoppolo made the start; going 21-for-40 with 266 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

Eli Manning played in just one series for the Giants, going 1-for-4 with no yards; Manning not playing that much was all part of Tom Coughlin's plan to give the starters a series before resting them before the start of the regular season.

The Giants were the first team to get on the scoreboard as Josh Brown's 24-yard field goal gave the Giants an early 3-0 lead with 14:48 left in the second quarter.

On the next drive, Garoppolo answered and got the Patriots on the board with a 33-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Dobson that put the Patriots up 7-3 with 11:06 left.

With 3:31 left in the half, the Giants capped off a 14-play, 80-yard drive when Peyton Hillis plunged into the end zone from one-yard out and put the Giants up 10-7. Stephen Gostkowski's 37-yard field goal with 13 seconds left before halftime tied the game at 13-13.

In the third quarter, Gostkowski's 21-yard field goal allowed the Patriots to re-take the lead at 13-10 with 3:13 left in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, it was Brown who showed why he was the one who won the kicking job over Brandon McManus, as he first kicked a 45-yard field goal to tie the game at 13-13 with 8:57 left in the fourth quarter.

Then it was Brown, showing his clutch gene, as he made the game-winning field goal from 37 yards away with 38 seconds left to give the Giants a 16-13 lead and a lead that they would hold on for the rest of the game.

Two players that might have helped their causes are Larry Donnell, who had four catches for 60 yards; Donnell is looking to win the starting tight end job and Kendall Gaskins, who had eight carries for 41 yards and is trying to beat out Michael Cox for a backup running back job.

Following the win, the Giants went 5-0 in the preseason and Coughlin can only hope that this will carry into the regular season and into their Week 1 showdown on Monday Night Football with the Detroit Lions at Ford Field.


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4 Responses to “Josh Brown’s Game-Winning Field Goal Gives New York Giants 16-13 Win Over Patriots”

  1.  Krow says:

    Reuben Randle so stupid he hears it’s chilly outside so he gets a bowl.

    Reuben Randle so stupid he thought Dunkin Donuts was a basketball team.

    Reuben Randle so stupid he thought a quarterback was an income tax refund.

    •  aikitim says:

      I think it’s pretty apparent that RR is just holding back his intelligence to unleash it week 1…

  2.  William says:

    Here’s my two cents on Eli:
    #1 He is not a HOF QB and to be fair has been inconsistent at times in his career. Having watched every one of his games I’m not sure I would put that inconsistency all on his shoulders. I will expand on that.
    #2 If he hoists another Lombardi Trophy get his yellow jacket ready because like Terry Bradshaw thats a guaranteed ticket in. Bradshaw is a good yardstick for Eli, an inconsistent, gunslinger at heart who knew how to win. Thats far different than putting him in the same category of a Montana or his brother, Brees and all his yards and of course Brady.
    #3 His BEST Left tackle in his entire career will be David Deihl: a converted right tackle who was at best a “cheap” plug in at left tackle for the prime of his career. What that meant was every game he ever played against a real terror pass rusher he was in for a long night. Demarcus Ware, Trotter were a biannual feeding frenzy from his blind side and Will Beatty is so bad it makes us pine for Deihl’s mediocrity.
    As I have pounded the table for years this is not on Eli but a franchise ideal set down years ago with Ernie Accorsi….you do not spend money or high picks on the o-line. Has that changed recently, a little, but not as fast as it should have considering how fast the passing game changed in the last 10 years.
    Again watch other games; Brees has made a career with the deep pass, when his line play is suspect he has struggled (with a number of Eli like interception years) but the problem is fixed because Sean Payton offense must have time to throw the ball. Bill Belichick might scrimp on offensive weapons for Brady but he always gives him top notch offensive line protection. If your Denver and your bringing in one of the all time greats for big money and he’s one play away from being done (neck) do you get him superior offensive line play…of course!! Somebody mentioned Phillip Rivers a prime example of this point about QB play in today’s game and offensive line protection. Take away all the personal baggage you may have with Rivers but he’s a good QB. 2011 n 2012 his o-line play was as bad as the current state of the Giants and he struggled mightily with a huge increase in interceptions. People said he was done ??? Really? Last year the o-line improves and presto Phillip Rivers is a franchise QB.
    #4 Lets talk receivers in Eli’s career. Again the guy is one more Superbowl away from the HOF and not one single offensive weapon he has played with will ever make a ballot much less a speech. Running back or wide receiver lets throw out a few descriptive adjectives…injuries,injuries,injuries,hamstrings,stupidity (Plax), IR, IR,IR and then of course mystery (Nicks). Sure there have been years with great receiver play but then something happens and its gone the next. RB much the same. Is there anyone on the current roster outside Cruz that is remotely close to being an all-pro.?How about last year? So in the last two years we all agree that he has a bad o-line,zero protection, a poor running attack and no real all pro talent at the receiver. Contrast that with every other QB in the league (outside Brady who gets no skill talent). Look at the talent Payton gets, Brees,Rodgers let me throw in the talent at WR on the Cards.
    #4 My question is given all of the above how are you not surprised that he’s struggling? You can throw out that the above situation has ruined him forever, thats fair but to see its all on him is pretty raw and uninformed. As Dan said if Eli is this messed up with this current roster of talent do you really think Nassib would be better. Again review some film, Nassib has gotten decent protection and he can move. At what point long ago was it apparent that Eli is not mobile and the day that light bulb went off in the offices of the GM and coaching staff; WHY was it not a new franchise goal to “PROTECT” our non mobile QB.
    #5 Made this point before buts its worth mentioning again. I moved to S.Florida in 1986 and saw the last quarter of perhaps the greatest QB of all time Dan Marino. The man was not loved in those years much like Eli and he never got to win any Superbowls. He hung it up in 1999 and 15 years later the Dolphins have had absolute dog manure at the position and have been miserable. There current QB was a top first rounder who had played the position of QB “in his life” only 2-3 years. Thats the desperation folks when you are lacking a franchise QB. On the plus side his wife is smoking so at least they have that as a Phins fan. Beware what you wish for when kicking out a franchise QB that took you to the promised land twice.

  3.  James Stoll says:

    I have to say last night’s game thread was pretty hilarious
    Once again, the team gave more reason to be worried than hopeful
    The first offense, including Eli, looked bad again
    The first and second defenses got periodically shamed by a 3d string rookie QB
    And virtually no one on our team did anything to cement or ruin their chances to make the final 53

    My personal observations:

    Wide Receivers. As a unit these guys look terrible. Randal continues to look awful. He drops one pass and then appears to run an incorrect route on a second. 2 targets, 2 incompletes. And he’s our No 1 receiver heading into Detroit. If that doesn’t scare you nothing will. JJ actually caught one pass so that makes his night better than RR’s, but ugh and yuck. Did MM even play? It is so hard to determine if these guys completely stink or if the O-Line and QB’g is so bad no one could look good. After all Victor had only 1 errant throw directed towards him. My thought is all double initial WRs should be cut immediately (RR, JJ, MM)(except for PP)
    For the life of me I could not figure out the depth chart last night. Parker, Talley, Washington. Does it mean anything? If it does, Washington gets cut. If Washington makes the team why was he not running with the 2′s sometime in the first half?
    My current guess at the final 6 is Cruz, Beckum, RR, JJ, PP, Talley.

    RB’s. The lone offensive bright spot. Jennings looked very good. Williams looked very good. As between Hillis, Gaskins and Cox, it’s a tough call. As a runner, Hillis looks the most limited to me. Slow, zero moves; but he’s a vet and the kind of guy TC loves. If they keep 4 I think Cox is a goner.

    TEs. I agree with Doug’s assessment above, Larry Donnel had the best night for the TEs . There is no right answer here except cut everyone one of them and sign your TE off the waiver wire. The sad reality is that
    3 roster spots will go to this position and it will likely be Robinson, Donnell, and Fells.

    O-Line. What can you say at this point? They seem to be slightly improving in run blocking but still very shaky in pass protection. They were playing 2′s in the first two series and could not control the LOS. Not inspiring QB.

    QB. And that brings us to QB and the most hilarious part of last night’s thread. Of course I’ve been remaking on Eli’s poor play since the middle of last year and juxtaposing it against his contract (both annual salary and years left) and age. Without demeaning his historic achievements or being characterized as a hater, I will predict that if Eli plays the season like he has looked this pre-season and the previous 2 seasons, you are looking at the end of his career in Blue. Reese will not extend his contract with this level of play; he won’t. And especially not at the dollars commanded by top QBs. That said, I am willing to give Eli the benefit of the doubt until I see him play a full game or 2. The difficulty for him is that his WR’g corps looks flat out awful, he has no TE, and his offensive line is somewhere between abysmal and mediocre. What that means is that the unit surrounding him accentuates his limitations. What this offense really needs right now is a “run for your life” QB. (Eli’s dad would have been perfect). To make plays with this hot mess, the Giants need a QB who can scramble, buy time and turn the game into playground football. Eli is suited to playing the game the way it is drawn up on paper, but his teammates will not be so accommodating. So come the end of the season, Reese could find himself looking at a sub-.500 record for the second straight year, QB with more INTs than TDs for the 2d straight year, the last year of a contract with a QB turning 35, and a 17.5 M salary and cap hit of about the same amount. That is of course the worst case scenario, it is not cast in stone, and things could look very different when we get there — and hopefully they will.

    Defensively, other than Zach Bowman and the DTs I did not see much worth praising from the defense last night. Bowman really did get screwed on that first INT. If that type of contact gets called during the season, they might as well take off the pads and make this flag football. By the way, on the Pats TD to Dobson, am I wrong or was it Dobson holding McBride’s arm not the other way around?
    I’m going to assume no one was really giving it 100% last night, otherwise I’d be very concerned with the state of our defensive ends.
    Holesley should be cut. If he is not (whether it is because he is suspended and thus doesn’t have to be right now) that will just reaffirm my belief that JR has more sway in these final cuts than we can really know and he refuses to accept that he could have drafted a clunker (or should I say another clunker), all evidence to the contrary notwithstanding.

    So the preseason is over. We learned very little last night. No one really stepped up or stood out. The offense continues to look very very weak. The defense looks great by comparison, but how good is an open question. We start the regular season on the road on Monday night against a very flawed team that can be both electric offensively and dreadful defensively. Not sure our offense can take advantage of a so-called bad defense when we can’t even seem to move the ball against second stringers, but that will be the challenge because Detroit will score points. From there Arizona, Houston, Washington, Atlanta. Lots of opportunities for the team to begin to develop.

    I will say this though, if we come out and string together 2, 3, 4 L’s, it will make the entire offseason look like the act of a desperate man in over his head. JRs job has to be on the line this season. If we turn out to be as bad as the preseason suggests we could be, it will indicate that the team simply lacks talent. And it will essentially mean that JR road Accorsi’s core guys through 2011 and now that he’s on his own building from scratch as it were, he’s not up to the job.

    Hopefully that won’t be the case.

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