Follow along for all the updates from the Patriots’ preseason finale against the New York Giants at Gillette Stadium!
Final — Giants 40, Patriots 38
The Giants walk off with a win on a 48-yard field goal by Aldrick Rosas.
The Patriots fall to 1-3 in the preseason, but all that really matters is the preseason is over. By this time next week, the Super Bowl LI banner will be hanging in Gillette Stadium and the Patriots will have kicked off the regular season.
As for Thursday night’s exhibition, Jacoby Brissett had himself an evening. The third-stringer played the entire game for the Patriots and completed 28 of his 39 passes for 341 yards and four touchdowns. He made some mistakes along the way, but overall looked great for a second-year quarterback.
The biggest concern for New England is the loss of Cyrus Jones, who went down with a right knee injury in the second quarter and did not return. The Patriots reportedly fear it could be a season-ending injury, so it’s one we’ll be monitoring over the next week as it leaves a big void on special teams in terms of who will be returning punts for the Patriots.
4th Quarter, 00:04: The Giants inch a little more closer, with LaCosse picking up 11 more yards.
4th Quarter, 00:11: The Giants burn their second timeout after Webb hits LaCosse for 10 yards down to the New England 41.
4th Quarter, 00:28: The Giants move closer to a field goal attempt as Webb hits Eagan for 19 yards to the New York 44.
4th Quarter, 00:35: Webb’s pass to Germany falls incomplete after Killings crushed Germany after he got his hands on the ball.
4th Quarter, 00:44 — Patriots 38, Giants 37
How’s that for situational football. Stephen Gostkowski boots a 55-yarder to put the Patriots on top with just 44 seconds left.
It may be preseason, but Gostkowski had ice in his veins for that one.
4th Quarter, 00:49: Brissett spun out of a sack and scrambled to his left, but couldn’t connect on a pass downfield. Gostkowski is out for a 55-yard attempt for the lead.
4th Quarter, 1:20: It wasn’t a pretty pass, but Brissett found Lucien for 21 yards on 3rd-and-8 and the Patriots are in New York territory.
4th Quarter, 1:32: Foster got just two yards on a second down run, setting up a 3rd-and-8 for the Pats.
4th Quarter, 1:36: Brissett may have been a little too greedy on his first pass, a deep bid down the middle that was nearly picked off.
4th Quarter, 1:54: Kenny Moore knocked away Webb’s pass to Germany to force a Giants punt. Pats will get the ball back with one timeout remaining.
4th Quarter, 1:56: Freeny burst into the backfield to bring down Gallman for a one-yard loss on second down. Timeout Patriots.
4th Quarter, 2:10: With all three timeouts and the two-minute warning, the Patriots opt to kick it off rather than go with the onside kick. There is no such thing as “preseason mode” for Bill Belichick.
Quarter, 2:10 — Giants 37, Patriots 35
DJ Foster made a nice block, and Brissett found Jacob Hollister for a quick four-yard score as the Patriots cut the lead to just two points.
Brissett is 26-for-34 for 302 yards and four touchdowns. He was 6-for-10 on that drive for 66 yards. What a night.
4th Quarter, 2:17: Brissett is locked in right now, hitting Foster for a nice 23-yard catch-and-run down down to the New York 4-yard line.
4th Quarter, 4:42: The Pats’ D forced a punt, New York’s first of the evening, and it was Will Likely who fielded it for New England.
Fittingly, there was a penalty on the New England special teams, so we learned nothing about Likely and his punt returning abilities.
4th Quarter, 6:21 — Giants 37, Patriots 28
Brissett took matters into his own hands, turning a broken play into a four-yard touchdown run up the middle. The third-stringer’s night just keeps getting better.
4th Quarter, 7:43: Brissett just showed off his cannon, going deep and hitting Lucien for 45 yards down field. Pats are now set up on the New York 7-yard line.
4th Quarter, 10:24 — Giants 37, Patriots 21
The Giants got down to the New England 5-yard line, but had to settle for a field goal because this is the final game of the preseason and quarterback Davis Webb and receiver Marquis Bundy had differing plans on a third-down pass. Davis passed right, Bundy broke left. At least there’s only 10 more minutes of this until we can think about real football.
End 3rd Quarter: Giants 34, Patriots 21
We’re just one quarter away from the preseason being over. Jacobby Brissett probably wishes it would never end, as he’s thrown for 164 yards and three touchdowns.
3rd Quarter, 1:43 — Giants 34, Patriots 21
Brissett just beat the play clock, then beat a Giants blitz to find Lucien on a fade route in the end zone for a 12-yard score.
It was a lovely 14-play drive that covered 72 yards in just under six minutes. It’s hard to imagine Brissett will find himself on the cutting block come Saturday afternoon after this performance.
3rd Quarter, 2:51: And now Brissett does it with his legs with an 11-yard scramble. Pats are in the red zone, down to the New York 15.
3rd Quarter, 3:45: The drive continues as a scrambling Brissett finds Devin Lucien on the sideline for 11 yards on a 3rd-and-10 play.
3rd Quarter, 6:22: Needing two yards to move the chains, Brissett found Maye for 10 yards over the middle of the field to keep the New England drive alive.
Daniels picked up the first eight yards on a pair of runs.
3rd Quarter, 7:40: The defensive line got a great push, and a handful of large gentlemen were able to wrap up Wayne Gallman for a one-yard loss. Patriots take over on downs at their own 28-yard line.
3rd Quarter, 7:45: The Patriots defense has come up with a stop, as Johnson scrambled but was hit out of bounds by Damarius Travis
New York is going for it on 4th-and-1 though, so we don’t get to see who would return punts for the Patriots.
3rd Quarter, 12:28: It’s been a tough night for Connor McDermott, as the rookie was flagged for a 10-yard holding penalty on a nice run by LeShun Daniels.
Instead of a first-down run, it set up a 2nd-and-16. Brissett hit Maye for 11 yards on second down, but his pass was too low for O’Shaughnessy on third down and the Pats had to punt it away.
Halftime — Giants 34, Patriots 14
Well that was ugly. But hey, it’s only preseason.
Jacoby Brissett has played well despite that one glaring mistake. He’s 10-for-11 for 113 yards, two touchdowns and a bad pick-six interception. Austin Carr has one of those touchdowns from Brissett, one of his three receptions for 48 yards. He may be on the outside looking in at a roster spot in New England, but other teams around the NFL will likely take notice.
As you can tell from the scoreboard, the defense is not playing well at all. New York has 19 first downs and 306 total yards (203 of them through the air), not to mention the 34 points on the board. They added to their lead with a field goal right at the half following a four-play, 36-yard drive.
2nd Quarter, 00:41: No 2-minute drill for Brissett or the Patriots, as they run the ball three times. That includes a draw play on 3rd-and-1 that saw DJ Foster get stuffed behind the line. Yuck.
2nd Quarter, 2:06 — Giants 31, Patriots 14
Matt LaCosse is having himself a night, hauling in his second touchdown grab of the evening. This time it came from Josh Johnson, as the tight end beat DJ Killings over the middle.
At least Jacoby Brissett will get a 2-minute drill out of this one.
However, Cyrus Jones’ evening is over with a knee injury:
2nd Quarter, 2:45: Woodrow Hamilton is back on the field for the New England D, but he is moving extremely gingerly. But he’s showing a lot of heart to be back out there.
2nd Quarter, 3:12: If Baby Gronk wants to make the team, he didn’t help his cause with bad fumble. Glenn caught a quick pass from Brissett, made a move and coughed up the ball when the defender made contact. The Giants take over at the New England 27.
2nd Quarter, 3:28 –Giants 24, Patriots 14
The New York offensive line has had its way with the Patriots D Line, as Shaun Draughn powers his way in from a yard out to add to the Giants lead.
2nd Quarter, 7:14: And now Woodrow Hamilton is down after trying to stuff a Giants run play. He’s limping off the field after having a pretty solid game so far.
As Hamilton limps off the field, Jones is limping toward the locker room.
2nd Quarter, 8:30: Cyrus Jones is down on the field. His right knee buckled as he chased Travis Rudolph down the sideline, and he immediately grabbed it after hitting the turf in pain.
The second-year corner/return man had to be helped off the field. It’s tough to see any injury in preseason, especially a non-contact injury in the fourth and final preseason game.
2nd Quarter, 10:40 — Giants 17, Patriots 14
Brissett is fired up after going 4-for-4 for 71 yards on New England’s most recent drive, capped off with a 14-yard touchdown to Carr. He’s now 9-for-10 for 112 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Carr is making his case for a roster spot with three receptions for 48 yards.
2nd Quarter, 11:30: Brissett has looked good since the pick, hitting James O’Shaughnessy for a 23-yard gain right after doing the same with Carr. He went back to Carr on his next throw for 11 yards along the sideline.
2nd Quarter, 12:30: BIG reception for Austin Carr, who grabbed a quick pass from Brissett over the middle and turned it into a 23-yard gain. He got a great block from fullback Glenn Gronkowski.
2nd Quarter, 12:55 — Giants 17, Patriots 7
The Pats D stood tall in the red zone. After Woodrow Hamilton hit Orleans Darkwa for a loss on first down, Darius Kilgo got to Geno Smith for a sack and one-yard loss (Grissom was also giving chase). Smith hit Roger Lewis for eight yards over the middle on third down, but it wasn’t enough and the Giants settle for a field goal.
End 1st Quarter — Giants 14, Patriots 7
One quarter is in the books, and a bad 11-second stretch is what is burning the Patriots in this one.
The Giants are threatening for more with the ball at the New England 11 when the second quarter gets underway.
1st Quarter, 1:09: It’s nice to see old friend Shane Vereen, even if he is moving the chains for the Giants with quick third down catches.
1st Quarter, 5:31: A quick 3-and-out for the New England offense as the pocket collapses around Brissett on second down and he’s sacked for a six-yard loss.
Dante Scarnecchia isn’t going to have a voice come the second half.
1st Quarter, 7:04 — Giants 14, Patriots 7
Well that’s not how Jacoby Brissett wanted to answer that New York score. He went looking for DJ Foster with a quick pass, but instead found a rushing Kerry Wynn, and the defensive end took it 15 yards to the house for a pick-six.
That’s 14 points in 11 seconds for the Giants.
Rookie right tackle Conor McDermott tried to take Wynn out at the knees but failed miserably, allowing the defensive end to get into the passing lane.
1st Quarter, 7:22 — Giants 7, Patriots 7
Geno Smith finally beats the Patriots D. The Giants used an eight-play, 75-yard drive to answer the New England touchdown, capped off with Smith hitting tight end Matt LaCosse on an out route and LaCosse taking care of the rest. He beat David Jones, and then powered his way into the end zone against a pair of Pats defenders.
1st Quarter, 8:58: Geneo Grissom is running all over the place on defense. That’s a good sign for him, even though he is playing.
A few notable defensive players who have yet to take the field: Adam Butler and Jordan Richards. That’s a good sign for them making the squad. Butler is even hanging out with the veterans on the sideline.
1st Quarter, 11:28 — Patriots 7, Giants 0
It didn’t take the offense long to turn that turnover into points. Brissett and company needed just three plays to find the end zone, with the QB finding Cody Hollister in the corner for a touchdown.
1st Quarter, 14:15: The call has been overturned and Jacoby Brissett is making his way to the field.
1st Quarter, 14:15: The Patriots should have the ball in the next few minutes. Giants tight end Will Tye just coughed up a reception over the middle, with defensive back Demarius Travis stripping the ball from his grasp. It was ruled an incomplete on the field, but Belichick tossed the challenge flag and this one should be overturned.
1st Quarter, 1500: The Giants won the coin toss and will receive.
Pregame — 7:15 p.m.: Both Nate Solder and Matthew Slater are on uniform and on the field. Both have missed time this preseason with injury, so this is a good sign they could be ready for Week 1 next Thursday.
As for those who aren’t in uniform tonight:
Pregame — 6:30 p.m.: In just one week, the Patriots will unveil their latest Super Bowl banner and kick off the 2017 NFL regular season at Gillette Stadium.
But before we can get to that party, we have 60 more minutes of preseason football. The Patriots and Giants will take the field for their annual preseason finale, one final chance for bubble players to earn a roster spot — or lose it.
With a game that counts just seven days away, we won’t be seeing any of New England’s heavy-hitters take the field tonight. Instead, it’ll be the Jacoby Brissett Show as a boatload of players look to secure their spot on the 53-man roster. Rosters need to be trimmed from 90 to 53 players by Saturday afternoon, so tonight is the last time bubble players will get a chance to prove themselves to Bill Belichick and the rest of the Patriots staff.
Brissett is reportedly set to start in this one and may get all the snaps under center, unless Belichick wants to test and make sure Jimmy Garoppolo is ready at all moments. In three preseason games so far, Brissett is 13-for-23 for 124 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions.
Stick with our live blog for all the updates from Gillette Stadium, with kickoff scheduled for 7:30pm. You can watch the preseason finale on WBZ-TV or hear it on 98.5 The Sports Hub, with postgame shows following each broadcast.