New England Patriots 6-0-0-3 — 9
New York Giants 0-3-7-7 — 17
The Giants defeated the Patriots 17-9 in the final game of the preseason. If one had to summarize the game, look no further than the five first half turnovers the teams combined to give up.
In somewhat of a surprise move, the Patriots played Tom Brady for the entire first half. Brady got his first preseason action in a game typically reserved for players fighting to make the team. New England wanted Brady to get reps before he starts his four-game suspension.
After a shaky start, Brady settled down to lead a touchdown drive after throwing a first quarter interception. Brady was 16-of-26 for 166 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
For the Giants, Ryan Nassib got the start at quarterback as the team rested Eli Manning. Nassib played the majority of the game and had flashes of solid play amidst his inconsistencies. He finished the night 16-of-29 for 210 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
Here’s how the final preseason game unfolded.
Brady Threw an Interception Early in the First Quarter
The Patriots opted to start Brady in the final preseason game. It marked the first snaps for Brady this preseason. New England wanted to get him some reps before his four-game suspsension. Brady got off to a rocky start with an early interception.
Brady Recovered With a 7-Yard Touchdown Pass to Keshawn Martin
After the early interception, Brady was able to drive the Patriots down the field and find the endzone. With just over a minute left in the first quarter, Brady connected with Keshawn Martin on a 7-yard touchdown pass. It was the first score of the game by either team. The Patriots were unsuccessful on their two-point conversion attempt.
The Two Teams Combined for Five Turnovers in the First Half
It certainly looked like a preseason game the way each team was losing possession of the ball. The Patriots had two fumbles and an interception for a total of three first half turnovers. New York’s two turnovers were not much better. The Giants had a fumble and an interception over the first two quarters.
Ryan Nassib Connected With Tavarres King on a 59-Yard Bomb
Nassib took a while to get going, but got a spark from speedster Tavarres King early in the third quarter. Nassib connected with King on a slant route over the middle. King pulled away from the defense and gave the Giants a 10-6 lead.
Logan Thomas Connected With Roger Lewis for a Touchdown to Extend the Giants Lead
Logan Thomas connected with Roger Lewis late in the fourth quarter to ice the game for the Giants. The 17-yard touchdown extended the Giants lead to 17-9.