4:25- We are close to game time here; the Giants won the toss and chose to defer, which means the Patriots offense will be on the field to start the game. Let's see if the Patriots offensive line can hold up. Here are today's inactives:
Patriots inactives- WR Keshawn Martin, OL Marcus Cannon, OL Tre’ Jackson, T Sebastian Vollmer, OLB Jamie Collins, DE Trey Flowers and S Tavon Wilson.
Giants inactives- CB Prince Amukamara, WR Victor Cruz, TE Larry Donnell, CB Leon McFadden, OG Justin Pugh, LB J.T. Thomas, LB Uani Unga
4:41- Touchdown, Patriots!! New England goes on a long, methodical drive and come up with the game opening touchdown that the offensive desperately needed. LeGarrette Blount was heavily featured and Tom Brady had a clutch run on third down to give the Patriots the chance to score seven instead of three. Patriots 7, Giants 0
4:48- Touchdown, Giants. Odhell Beckham scorches the Patriots secondary for an 87-yard touchdown reception to tie this game up quickly. Beckham not only beat Butler, he outran over the top help. Patriots 7, Giants 7
4:55- Three-and-out for the Patriots offense, the worst thing that could happen momentum-wise. Once again the Giants see the Patriots uniforms and they play like the best team in the league; it never fails. Patriots 7, Giants 7
5:00- The Patriots defense steps up and forces a three-and-out, a huge stop that prevents the Giants offense from getting rolling. Dont'a Hightower made a strong play on first down, a good sign after his disappearing act last week. Patriots 7, Giants 7
5:13- The Giants get a strong push up the middle and stuff the Patriots inside the ten yard line, forcing New England to settle for the field goal. Julian Edelman was injured on the drive and that is definitely something we will keep an eye on going forward. Edelman is one player the offense can't afford to lose. Patriots 10, Giants 7
5:22- Fumble recovered by the Patriots! Chandler Jones makes the strip sack and Justin Coleman comes up with the ball as the New England defense forces a huge turnover in the red zone. New England will take over at their own 16 yard line. Patriots 10, Giants 7
5:27- The New England offense does nothing with the turnover and are forced to punt after four plays, one of them being offensive pass interference on what appeared to be a converted 3rd-and-8. Julian Edelman is being examined in the locker room and is questionable to return, a huge blow to the already extremely banged-up Patriots offense. Patriots 10, Giants 7
5:34- New England's defense steps up in the red zone again and forces New York to settle for three. The Patriots secondary still looks a little shaky though and I won't be surprised if the Giants continue to take shots downfield. Let's see if the Patriots offense can get anything going with half the starters being replaced by backups and third stringers. Patriots 10, Giants 10
5:45- The Patriots offense can't do anything, again, and the defense is going to be forced to step up again. This might be a long day for the Patriots offense; they are just too banged up and this could be the end of the undefeated run in '15. Patriots 10, Giants 10
5:54- Touchdown, Giants. New York basically walked down the field as the Patriots defense had no pass rush and the coverage was awful. I understand the Patriots are banged up, but they simply showed no effort on that last series and this game looks like every other Giants/Patriots matchup since 2007. The Giants simply have the Patriots number, end of story. Giants 17, Patriots 10
6:20- The Giants get a ref-assisted field goal after an awful DPI call on Malcolm Butler. Josh Brown continued his excellent season, connecting for the 21st straight time this season. Giants 20, Patriots 10
6:27- Three-and-out for the suddenly anemic Patriots offense and the Giants offense will have a chance to put New England in a deep hole. Every time the Patriots face the Giants they turn into an absolute mess; it's one of the oddest things I've ever seen in sports. Forget about injuries, this is one team having a mental stronghold on the other. Giants 20, Patriots 10
6:32- The Patriots defense steps up and gets a huge stop, and then Danny Amendola made the play the Patriots needed to setup the offense at the Giants nine. Duron Harmon tripped Amendola on his way into the end zone, just another brain cramp versus the Giants. Something always seems to happen; it's starting to become weird. Giants 20, Patriots 10
6:37- Touchdown, Patriots!! LeGarrette Blount takes it in from one yard out to cut the Giants lead to three with just under five minutes to go in the third quarter. Amendola didn't get credit for the touchdown, but he set the offense up by returning it to the nine; Duron Harmon owes him a dinner for tripping him. Giants 20, Patriots 17
6:49- Josh Brown connects from 53 yards out to give the Giants a six-point lead. The Patriots defense has been called for pass interference many times today, some warranted, some not, but it does seem like PI and illegal picks are called more against them than anyone else. Giants 23, Patriots 17
6:57- Death, taxes, and the Giants defensive line beating the hell out of the Patriots offensive line- three guarantees in life. Brady was strip-sacked and the Giants take over at the New England 31. Rough, rough day for the New England offense. Giants 23, Patriots 17
7:00- The turnover doesn't hurt the Patriots as the force the three-and-out, and due to a Ro Ninkovich sack, the Giants were out of field goal range and forced to punt. New England takes over at their own 14 with 12:58 to go in the fourth quarter. Giants 23, Patriots 17
7:04- Touchdown, Patriots!! Rob Gronkowski hauls in a Tom Brady bomb and takes it 76 yards for the touchdown. New England has made some big plays in this half, but the offense was relatively quiet until that moment. Huge momentum lift for the Patriots and now they have a chance to win against a team they really sruggle against. Patriots 24, Giants 23
7:10- The Patriots defense gets the ball back to the offense again and they'll try to get some breathing room. A touchdown or a field goal would be good here. Patriots 24, Giants 23
7:21- Interception, Giants. Tom Brady with an awful throw at the worst possible time, costing the Patriots a minimum of three points. Brady sometimes forces it in the red zone, hence the interceptions he typically throws being in the red zone. Blount appeared to score, but a VERY questionable hold on David Andrews cost the Patriots a touchdown. The Giants now have six minutes and a confident quarterback to lead to inevitable comeback. Patriots 24, Giants 23....for now.
7:38- As expected, the Giants drove the length of the field, but they had to settle for field goal to give the Giants the two-point lead with 1:47 to go. New England has plenty of time to drive into field goal range, but they have zero timeouts and their offense has struggled today. Let's see if Brady can make up for his terrible interception. Giants 26, Patriots 24
7:52- Patriots Win!! Stephen Gostkoski drills a 54-yard field field goal to give the Patriots the 27-26 victory. The Giants played great and are clearly the one team in the NFL that knows how to beat the Patriots, but Brady and the offense made the plays they needed in the final 1:47 and Gostkowski stepped up with a clutch kick, maybe the most clutch of his entire career. Huge win for the undermanned Patriots as they up their impressive record to 9-0 and continue their quest for homefield, repeating, and possibly doing it without a blemish on their record.
Thanks again for joining us and be sure to join us next Monday when the Patriots host the Buffalo Bills during Primetime from Foxboro. New England will be looking to extend their record to 10-0 while the Bills are battling for their playoff lives; it's sure to be a great battle, as it typically is with Rex Ryan-led teams. See everyone next week!
FINAL SCORE- PATRIOTS 27, GIANTS 26
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