Patriots - Giants: Quick Hits

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.-- The New England Patriots were defeated by the New York Giants 31-23 in a meaningless preseason game at Giants Stadium Thursday night. Although there was little reason to watch an exhibition game missing key starters, those who participated made some notable plays.

Lorenzen's a load

-- Jared Lorenzen went 15 of 20 for 116 yards while leading the Giants on 4 of their 5 scoring drives. Lorenzen looked all of the 285-pounds he's listed at, as he stood in the pocket against the Patriots.

Although he only had a pair of rushes for four yards officially, it was Lorenzen's scramble and collision with a Patriots linebacker that will make New York highlight reel for weeks to come. On one play Lorenzen scrambled away from pressure to get to the outside. As he rumbled around the end and headed downfield Monty Beisel closed to push Lorenzen out of bounds. Instead of stepping out to avoid contact, Lorenzen lowered his shoulder and pancaked Beisel, knocking the 240-pound linebacker completely off his feet. The hit drew a wave of cheers from the crowd and Lorenzon's teammates. LaVar Arrington appeared to be exceptionally pleased with the hit.

Troy Brown gets another job?

-- Troy Brown stepped in under center to play quarterback for the Patriots on the third offensive series of the game. Brown made two handoffs to rookie Patrick Cobbs before the Patriots turned the ball over to the Giants on a Cobbs fumble. Brown has been listed as the team's emergency quarterback at times. The move was an indication that the team plans on moving forward with just two quarterbacks on the active roster.

New England Patriots LB Barry Gardner sits on a cart after injuring his leg as Dan Koppen (67) and teammates gather around Aug 31, 2006 (AP Photo)

Gardner done for a while

-- Linebacker Barry Gardner suffered a serious injury to his lower leg on a kick return midway through the second quarter. Gardner was blocking for Kelvin Kight on the play and was caught in a pile of bodies behind the action. A Giants defender rolled into Gardner's lower leg as the Patriots linebacker tried to fend off another defender. Gardner had to be carted off the field with his leg in an air cast. By the look of the injury, Gardner will head to the injured reserve list with a broken leg.

When asked about Gardner's status after the game, Patriots head coach offered little insight. "We'll take a look at him tomorrow," Belichick said. When asked if there was an initial diagnosis, Belichick responded that he didn't know.

Childress impresses

-- Patriots' second year wide receiver Bam Childress was easily the most impressive receiver on the field Thursday night. Making leaping catches across the middle and on the sideline, it was Childress' acrobatic catch, tumble and roll on a Matt Cassel 42-yard strike that was the most impressive. Each of Childress' six receptions (116 yards total), were for 12 yards or more.

Kight has an off night

-- Kelvin Kight managed a dismal outing. He dropped his first pass, a short dump off in the flats from Cassel. He was flagged for a holding penalty on a 25-yard Cassel scramble. He failed to cover a punt that was batted back out of the end zone by Monty Beisel allowing Chad Morton to pick up Beisel's tipped ball and return it for 32 yards.

Special teams are special

-- Rosevelt Colvin blocked a field goal an recovered the kick on the Giants first drive with the first team offense.

-- Rookie kicker Stephen Gostkowski successfully converted the longest field goal attempt of his professional career against the New York Giants Thursday night. Gostkowski nailed a 54-yard attempt with 2:21 left in the third quarter. Gostkowski made also converted a 25 and 29-yard attempt. He was flawless on PAT attempts during the game as well going 2 for 2. The Memphis product finished the preseason with a perfect record on field goals (9) and PATs (11).

Players who did not participate for the Patriots:

QB Tom Brady, WR Chad Jackson, S Guss Scott, S Tebucky Jones, FB Patrick Pass, DB Willie Andrews, RB Laurence Maroney, LB Tedy Bruschi, T Nick Kaczur, TE David Thomas, WR Reche Caldwell, DL Dan Klecko, DL Ty Warren, LB Chad Brown


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