Jacobs Shines as Giants Cap Perfect Preseason

New York capped its first perfect preseason since the glorious 1990 campaign with a 31-23 decision over New England on Thursday night. The last time Big Blue captured all four of its summer contests, they ended up starting off the regular season 10-0 and topped the Bills to bring home the Super Bowl XXV trophy 16 years ago.

"It was a good way to wrap up the preseason," Tom Coughlin said. "It's a great way to teach when it's positive."

"It's good to get the preseason over with and try to get started on the real season and get started on our goals, our quest to get to Miami this year," Antonio Pierce said.

This was certainly a coming out party for Brandon Jacobs, the second-year man who proved that he could handle the second-string job. He rumbled, darted and sprinted his way to 130 yards and a pair of touchdowns on only 15 carries.

"A lot of guys – even on our team – didn't think I could get out and run like that," Jacobs said.

Jacobs stole the show with some tough running and also displayed his breakaway speed, busting loose on a 57-yard TD run. He bounced out of traffic and took off, easily outrunning the remaining Pats for the score.

"When I break free – I don't care who we're playing against – it's six," the 263-pound Jacobs said. "I think I can run with the best of them."

He also opened some eyes when he barreled his way to a 10-yard gain, during which it took six Patriots defenders to finally stop him. Jacobs tacked on a 2-yard TD in the third quarter to finish his superb evening.

"He's been phenomenal," Tiki Barber said. "He was prepared to take the entire load and he showed that he was capable. A couple people criticized him by saying he was only playing against second-teamers before and a lot of that first half was against their first team and he excelled. I feel good about him being my backup."

Jared Lorenzen fared pretty well in his final attempt to wrap up the backup QB job. He finished 10-of-15 for 116 yards and led a scoring drive, which was punctuated by James Sims' 3-yard TD run.

Tim Hasselbeck entered in the final quarter and showed himself well, completing both of his passes, including a 26-yard TD pass to Darcy Johnson.

"That was a really nice throw for the touchdown," Coughlin said.

Other notables from the preseason finale…

Mathias Kiwanuka turned in the play of the game when he batted and then picked off a Matt Cassel pass in the third quarter. Kiwi later turned in a 10-yard sack…

Justin Tuck led the way with eight tackles and a sack…

Reserve LB Chase Blackburn was a man among men. He finished with six solo tackles, including two consecutive goal line stops, and also forced a fumble…

Eli Manning finished four-of-five for 35 yards…

The Patriots got on the board on their first possession, slicing through the Giants first-team defense on a 67-yard, 14-play march…

Jay Feely had a 51-yard field goal blocked by Rosevelt Colvin in the first quarter.

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