NFL Preseason Preview - New England (2-1) at NY Giants (4-0)
By John McMullen, NFL Editor
(SportsNetwork.com) - What has become a traditional preseason finale renews at MetLife Stadium on Thursday when the New York Giants try to complete a perfect preseason against the New England Patriots.
This will be the 10th straight year that the Giants and Pats have clashed in the final preseason game. The clubs have been frequent exhibition opponents, squaring off in the preseason openers for three straight years from 2001-03 before resuming the series in 2005 when they started to meet in the preseason finale.
The Giants lead the overall preseason rivalry with a 14-9 advantage in 23 previous meetings.
For New England this marks the third straight week in which they will do battle against a team the Patriots have faced in a Super Bowl. having played Philadelphia (Super Bowl XXXIX and Carolina (Super Bowl XXXVIII) in the previous two preseason games. The Patriots and Giants met in Super Bowl XLII and Super Bowl XLVI.
The Pats improved to 2-1 in the preseason last week when Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes to Shane Vereen as New England routed the Panthers, 30-7.
Brady completed 17-of-21 passes for 204 yards while playing into the third quarter. He connected with Vereen for scores of 40 and six yards.
Second-round draft pick Jimmy Garoppolo, who is competing with Ryan Mallett for the backup quarterback job, hooked up with Taylor McCuller for an 11-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Stephen Gostkowski made three field goals, including a 60-yarder in the waning seconds of the first half.
The Giants, meanwhile, improved to 4-0 in an extended preseason for them when Ryan Nassib threw three touchdown passes and the Big Blue rallied past their co-tenants at MetLife, the New York Jets, 35-24.
Nassib went 8-for-12 with 103 yards in relief of Eli Manning, who was under center for the Giants in the first half and completed 12-of-21 passes for 139 yards and a touchdown.
Rashad Jennings gained 67 yards on 13 carries for the G-Men while Victor Cruz picked up 61 yards through the air on four receptions.
08/27 11:47:06 ET