Final

Patriots 13

(2-2, 0-2 away)

Giants 16

(5-0, 2-0 home)

7:30 PM ET, August 28, 2014

MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ 

1 2 3 4 T
NE 0 10 3 013
NYG 0 10 0 616

Top Performers

Passing: J. Garoppolo (NE) - 284 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: A. Williams (NYG) - 5 CAR, 44 YDS

Receiving: L. Donnell (NYG) - 4 REC, 60 YDS

Giants cap undefeated preseason with win over Pats

Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- No one wanted overtime in the preseason finale, and Bill Belichick made sure neither the New York Giants or New England Patriots had to endure it.

Josh Brown kicked a 37-yard field goal with 38 seconds to play after Belichick went for a first down in his territory late, and the Giants capped their first undefeated preseason since 2006 with a 16-13 victory on Thursday night.

The Patriots coach went for it on fourth-and-1 from his 39 with less than three minutes to play and the score tied. Patriots rookie Jimmy Garoppolo threw his pass between two receivers and the Giants (5-0) ran off six plays to set up Brown's third field goal.

"I knew it was going to happen," Giants punter and holder Steve Weatherford said of Belichick's decision. "We would have done the same thing. We saw what we needed to see and it was time to get it over with. He (Belichick) was in the same position. Everyone was healthy for the most part. As much as you want to win, it's better to get out healthy."

The Patriots (2-2) started just two regulars and trotted on Tom Brady to hold on the first of Stephen Gostkowski's two field goals. Other than that, he stayed on the bench for the defending AFC East champions.

New England opens the season a week from Sunday at Miami.

There were many in New England who felt that Garoppolo was getting a chance to win the backup job from Ryan Mallett with this start. If he did, Belichick wasn't talking about it.

"I think it was a good experience for him," Belichick said. "It will help his development. He's obviously got a long way to go. He learned a lot from the week."

The Giants, who have missed the playoffs the past two seasons, play at Detroit in a Monday night game Sept. 8.

The final preseason game was left in the hands of backups for the most part. New England used regulars guard Josh Kline and safety Duron Harmon, while Giants starters played two series.

All the scoring came with reserves on the field and the Patriots were more impressive, with Garoppolo leading scoring drives of 82, 61 and 59 yards. He capped the first one with a 33-yard pass to Aaron Dobson early in the second quarter for a 7-3 lead. Gostkowski had field goals of 37 and 21, with the later giving New England a 13-10 lead late in the third quarter.

Brown, who beat out first-year kicker Brandon McManus earlier this week, tied the game in the fourth quarter with a 45-yarder. He had put New York ahead 3-0 following an interception by Zack Bowman in the second quarter. Peyton Hillis, who missed three weeks with an ankle injury, scored on a 1-yard run to put the Giants ahead 10-7 late in the half.

Bowman, who played with the Bears last season, felt it was important for the Giants to win in the preseason.

"It means a lot, it's the attitude we want to take on the field into the season," Bowman said. "You don't want to be 0-4 going into the season. But at the same time, it helps us a lot coming off last year (7-9). We want to keep this going. We want to keep this momentum going."

The Giants' new West Coast offense came into the fifth preseason game struggling, and it didn't show much in generating one first down against Patriots scrubs. Their final play summed up the preseason, despite the unbeaten record. On a third-and-2 from the Giants 28, Eli Manning hit tight end Kellen Davis for no gain.

A second-round pick out of Eastern Illinois, Garoppolo showed poise in his first start, completing 22 of 42 for 284 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

"It could have went better," Garoppolo said. "There are some things we messed up, fixable things."

Manning (1 of 4 for 0 yards), Ryan Nassib (6 of 14 for 107 yards) and Curtis Painter (3 of 5 for 32 yards) could not match those statistics combined.

"Our goal was to do some things, see what we needed to improve on and to get out healthy, and I think we did that," said Manning, who finished the preseason 20 of 41 for 188 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NE
NYG
1st Downs1713
Passing 1st downs
135
Rushing 1st downs
37
1st downs from penalties
11
3rd down efficiency
9-194-16
4th down efficiency
0-12-2
Total Plays6863
Total Yards319307
Yards per play4.74.9
Total Drives1212
Passing265128
Comp-Att
22-4210-23
Yards per pass
5.95.1
Interceptions thrown
10
Sacks-Yards Lost
3-192-11
Rushing54179
Rushing Attempts
2338
Yards per rush
2.34.7
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-21-3
Penalties3-155-29
Turnovers11
Fumbles lost
01
Interceptions thrown
10
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession29:1430:46

Passing Leaders

NEC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Garoppolo22/422846.8113-19
NYGC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Nassib6/141077.6001-3
Painter3/5326.4001-8

Rushing Leaders

NECARYDSAVGTDLG
White11292.609
Gray7121.706
NYGCARYDSAVGTDLG
Williams5448.8038
Gaskins8415.1019

Receiving Leaders

NERECYDSAVGTDLG
Dobson35719.0133
Thompkins5469.2012
NYGRECYDSAVGTDLG
Donnell46015.0019
Fells12626.0026

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERNENYG
nygFG14:48Josh Brown 24 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 46 yds, 3:16
03
neTD11:06Aaron Dobson 33 Yd pass from Jimmy Garoppolo (Stephen Gostkowski Kick)
Drive info: 8 plays, 82 yds, 3:42
73
nygTD3:31Peyton Hillis 1 Yd Run (Josh Brown Kick)
Drive info: 14 plays, 80 yds, 7:35
710
neFG0:13Stephen Gostkowski 37 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 61 yds, 3:18
1010
THIRD QUARTERNENYG
neFG3:13Stephen Gostkowski 21 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 12 plays, 59 yds, 4:49
1310
FOURTH QUARTERNENYG
nygFG8:57Josh Brown 45 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 42 yds, 5:14
1313
nygFG0:38Josh Brown 37 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 20 yds, 2:08
1316