Live Updates: Patriots vs. Giants

Live Updates: Patriots vs. Giants

Live updates, commentary, and some wacky tweets from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford New Jersey as the Patriots take on the New York Giants. Updates from's Zuri Berry.

0:38 4th quarter: Giants 16, Patriots 13 — Josh Brown kicked a 37-yard field goal with less than a minute remaining as the Giants took the lead again. The Giants were helped in field position after an unsuccessful fourth down attempt by the Patriots on their previous offensive series. 

8:57 4th quarter: Patriots 13, Giants 13 — The Giants' Josh Brown kicked a 45-yard field goal to tie the game again. Patriots defensive end Zach Moore had his first sack of the preseason on the drive. 

3:16 3rd quarter: Patriots 13, Giants 10 — Stephen Gostkowski nailed a 21-yard field goal after a 12-play, 59-yard drive that stalled at the goal line. 

0:13 2nd quarter: Patriots 10, Giants 10 — Stephen Gostkowski made a 37-yard field goal after a 10-play drive that spanned 3:18 to tie the game up. 

3:31 2nd quarter: Giants 10, Patriots 7 — Giants running back Peyton Hillis jumped over the pile for a 1-yard touchdown on fourth down in the second quarter as New York re-took the lead. 

11:06 2nd quarter: Patriots 7, Giants 3 — Jimmy Garoppolo hit Aaron Dobson for a 33-yard touchdown pass, a spectacular catch by Dobson who had to reach back to make the reception. 

14:48 2nd quarter: Giants 3, Patriots 0 — Josh Brown kicked a 24-yard field goal as the Giants took a 3-0 at the top of the second quarter. 
  • Zuri Berry 8/29/2014 12:06:37 AM
    Now in at cornerback for Logan Ryan, Brandon Browner. Eathyn Manumaleuna in at nose tackle for L.T. Tuipulotu.
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  • Garoppolo's pass intended for Boyce is picked off by Bowman- Giants ball around midfield. #NEvsNYG
  • Zuri Berry 8/29/2014 12:04:59 AM
    Jimmy G pass to Josh Boyce is intercepted. Looks like Boyce turned one way while JG was going the other.
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  • Zuri Berry 8/29/2014 12:03:25 AM
    For once — just once — I'd like to see Josh Boyce get some yards after the catch.
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  • Zuri Berry 8/28/2014 11:59:57 PM
    Keep your eyes on Aaron Dobson, Bryan Stork, and Tim Wright (of course). Debuts for all today.
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  • Zuri Berry 8/28/2014 11:59:27 PM
    I was kind of hoping that a Jeremy Gallon punt return would be electrifying. Haven't seen anything from him yet.
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  • Really good read by Tavon Wilson to even get to that play, and then a nice job making and finishing that tackle.
  • Zuri Berry 8/28/2014 11:55:45 PM
    Kind of interesting to see Eli Manning and Victor Cruz on the field with quite a few of the Patriots' scrubs.
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  • Like a horse being put out to pasture. RT @ArmandoSalguero : Daniel Thomas so far: 5 rushes for 10 yards.
  • #Patriots offensive & defensive starters in the preseason finale:… #NEvsNYG
  • Zuri Berry 8/28/2014 11:51:56 PM
    Of course, every time somebody throws it to Josh Boyce, I think it's a bad decision. Jimmy G is picked off but is saved by the flag.
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  • Zuri Berry 8/28/2014 11:51:15 PM
    Nice throw on the run. Look, that's exactly what Jimmy G can do and Mallett cannot.
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  • Zuri Berry 8/28/2014 11:49:43 PM
    I have yet to see James White break a tackle.
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  • Zuri Berry 8/28/2014 11:47:41 PM
    Josh Kline back out at left guard.
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  • Zuri Berry 8/28/2014 11:45:16 PM
    Starting Defense

    ROLB Michael Buchanan
    DE Zach Moore
    NT L.T. Tuipulotu
    DE Jerel Worthy
    LOLB Darius Fleming

    ILB James Morris
    ILB Steve Beauharnais

    CB Logan Ryan
    S Alfonzo Dennard
    FS Duron Harmon
    CB Malcolm Butler
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  • Zuri Berry 8/28/2014 11:41:54 PM
    James Morris with a false start. Not good for him. Still trying to make this team.
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  • Josh Kline and Bryan Stork look good so far, aside from Stork's little stumble on that last play.
  • Zuri Berry 8/28/2014 11:40:20 PM
    Two days of practice and Tim Wright is out there. That's amazing to me. Absolutely amazing.
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  • First pass of the game intended for Tim Wright. Belichick clearly trying to get some early validation for the trade, right?
  • Zuri Berry 8/28/2014 11:37:57 PM
    Patriots starting offensive line in warmups:
    LT Jordan Devey
    LG Josh Kline
    C Bryan Stork
    RG Chris Barker
    RT Cameron Fleming
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  • Zuri Berry 8/28/2014 11:37:23 PM
    Josh Kline at LG
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  • For the 10th straight year, the #Patriots face the Giants in the preseason finale. #NEvsNYG
  • Zuri Berry 8/28/2014 11:36:09 PM
    Patriots receiving. Josh BOyce back deep with James White.
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  • Zuri Berry 8/28/2014 11:35:04 PM
    Add Rob Ninkovich to that group as well.
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  • Zuri Berry 8/28/2014 11:34:36 PM
    No Logan Mankins, Brady not playing, Mayo not dressed. Apparently McCourty not playing either.
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  • Zuri Berry 8/28/2014 11:34:20 PM
    Matthew Slater the only captain on the field for Patriots.
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  • KICKOFF IS HERE! Listen to #Giants vs. #Patriots on WFAN 660AM, 101.9FM or online here: #NFL

  • Told @schottey that despite it being preseason Week 4, the entire #Jets secondary had a lot to prove this week. LeQuan Lewis with an EZ INT.
  • Less than 15 minutes before kickoff! Check out the players warming up:

  • Brady getting in some pre-game holding practice

  • Zuri Berry 8/28/2014 11:07:02 PM
    Braxton Cave and Bryan Stork both getting work at center in warmups. Josh Kline for the most part at left guard, filling in Logan Mankins old spot.
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  • Interested to see what Bryan Stork brings to the table in his first game action. Patriots had hoped he would compete for starting C spot.
  • Zuri Berry 8/28/2014 11:01:22 PM
    Patriots players not dressed for tonight’s game:

    RB Brandon Bolden
    TE Michael Hoomanawanui
    LB Jerod Mayo
    LB Dont’a Hightower
    OL Chris Martin
    DL Dominique Easley
    OT Sebastian Vollmer
    TE Rob Gronkowski
    DT Chris Jones
    DT Sealver Siliga
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  • Zuri Berry 8/28/2014 10:56:17 PM
    Bryan Stork is suited up as expected. Will likely get the start tonight at center if Dan Connolly and Ryan Wendell are rested. Both dressed.
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  • Zuri Berry 8/28/2014 10:53:35 PM
    Aaron Dobson is catching passes in warmups. First for him.
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  • Number of times a player has had 10 sacks or more in a season: #Bills —24; #Dolphins —20; #Jets —14; #Patriots —11.
  • Zuri Berry 8/28/2014 10:51:48 PM
    Tim Wright is suited up and warming up with James Develin and Steve Maneri. No Hooman. No Gronk.
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  • Zuri Berry 8/28/2014 10:46:49 PM
    Tom Brady did suit up. But it's just for show.
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  • Listen to our LIVE #Giants pregame show here: - also on WFAN 660AM/101.9FM #NFL #NEvsNYG

  • Zuri Berry 8/28/2014 10:27:17 PM
    Via Erik Frenz:

    Who says the preseason finale doesn't matter?
    It matters a great deal for Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson, because he is expected to suit up tonight against the New York Giants for the fourth and final preseason game, according to Jeff Howe of The Boston Herald.
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  • Zuri Berry 8/28/2014 10:26:18 PM

    Jimmy Garoppolo is expected to get the start tonight against the New York Giants. (Charles Krupa / AP photo)

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  • Zuri Berry 8/28/2014 10:25:39 PM
    Clearly Thursday's Patriots game against the New York Giants is of little significance to the vast majority of the team.

    In the final tuneup, for instance, Jimmy Garoppolo will get the start at quarterback while Tom Brady rests for the team's Week 1 opener against the Miami Dolphins. But despite the insignificance of this particular exhibition matchup, there are jobs on the line. The Patriots will cut 22 players by Saturday. There are also questions that need to be answered about how the team will operate in the trenches. Let's examine them briefly here.

    1. What's the interior line look like? — In the projected depth chart for the Patriots, given the movements we've already seen this preseason, it appears a combination of Jordan Devey, Josh Kline, and Marcus Cannon will fill in at the left and right guard spots. Based upon opportunities already, it would not be surprising to see Devey at left guard and Kline at right guard to start. But Cannon, who was competing with Dan Connolly for the right guard starting position last camp, could easily fill in at that position now along with Devey at left guard. (Connolly has apparently taken the center duties away from Ryan Wendell.) We'll get either confirmation or clarification of these key positions in Thursday's game.

    2. Time to sort out the defensive line, too — It's not all clear and rosy on the defensive line, either. After dropping Tommy Kelly and Will Smith, the hierarchy of the defensive linemen has become a little more muddied, particularly with injuries to Sealver Siliga (hand) and Chris Jones (leg). Siliga practiced this week, which is a good sign. He'll certainly have a place in the starting rotation when he returns. But for the time being, who will fill in next to Vince Wilfork in the 3-4 alignment? In my projected depth chart for Thursday's game, I have Chandler Jones back with his hands in the grass as linebackers Jerod Mayo and Dont'a Hightower return. Joe Vellano will continue to operate as the other 3-4 defensive end. But the health of some of these players, as well as the backups for all of them, will be a little more clear after Thursday's game.

    3. The end of the line? — Safety Tavon Wilson and defensive end Jake Bequette may be suiting up for the last time as Patriots Thursday. Wilson, a 2012 second round pick, is still seemingly fighting for a job as the safety alongside Devin McCourty. His competition has been stiff with Duron Harmon and Patrick Chung leading the way. (Chung, it appears, has won the starting spot in the team's base defense.) For Bequette, a 2012 third round draft pick, things look a lot more slim. He's never really found a role in the team's defense despite practicing as both a 4-3 end and a 3-4 outside linebacker. Michael Buchanan, a 2013 seventh round draft choice, has continually outplayed him in both regards until Bequette had a fairly competitive camp. But that may not be enough to save him. These two will both be playing this game for keeps.

    4. How much will Ryan Mallett play? — The Patriots' alleged second-string quarterback played all of one series last week against the Carolina Panthers while Brady and Garoppolo got the lion's share of reps. The amount of reps Mallett receives, as well as the fact that he has come in games after Garoppolo, has led to some generous interpretations of Mallett's fate in New England. Those interpretations can certainly be amplified Thursday night. Unfortunately, they will not be silenced until Saturday's 53-man roster cut deadline. Or if he is ever traded.

    5. Who will play, who won't? — It's the final game of the preseason, so there's not much incentive to risk star players in what is already a long offseason. This is also the Giants' fifth preseason game, which won't say much for the competition we're going to see on the field. (It's never been about that, but still.) Brady is out, that's for sure. But who else is? Again, jobs are on the line and the kicking game will be important to determining quite a bit of that. So we'll focus on that and see if we can interpret who plays into those competitions and who doesn't. Hopefully in the end we'll be able to deliver some meaning on what will have unfolded before our eyes.
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  • Zuri Berry 8/28/2014 10:24:12 PM
    Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

    Records: Patriots 2-1; Giants 4-0.

    TV, radio: Patriots Preseason Television Network (Dan Roche, Christian Fauria, Matt Chatham, Steve Burton) on Boston's WBZ-TV, Springfield's WWLP-TV, Providence, R.I.'s WPRI-TV, Manchester, N.H.'s WMUR-TV, and Hartford, Conn.'s WTNH-TV; 98.5 FM The Sports Hub (Bob Socci, Scott Zolak).
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