Patriots - Giants: Game Balls & Goats
The New York Giants turned the New England Patriots away from a final chance to tie the game in the preseason finale Thursday night at the Meadowlands. New York came from behind to win 20-17
1) WR Darnell Jenkins – Who? You ask. He's the guy who ripped off a 66-yard TD on a bubble screen after back-to-back plays. Breaking tackles and making people miss while turning on the speed. Jenkins was targeted 6 times, caught 5 for 93 and the TD.
2) Wes Welker – Again, each week Welker is able to get out there after that knee injury he suffered, simply amazes us. Another game ball to the Welker Wonderkid.
3) RB Thomas Clayton – a 55-yard kickoff return got the Patriots offense going just when they needed it after falling behind 6-0. Clayton ran hard, trying to make plays, though the blocking wasn't always there for him. Finished with 26 yards in 7 carries (3.7 avg.)
Rob Gronkowski – the rookie TE had yet another TD in the preseason giving him 4 over the preseason tied for league best.
Stephen Gostkowski – A strong leg limited the Giants by forcing a pair of touchbacks and one return for just 15 yards and another for 30. His FG off the upright was lucky, but still good.
Giants Goal Line Defense – Nice stand by New York. Especially good tackles by Kehl and Goff.
1) Patriots Secondary – The Patriots secondary still has some work to do allowing Eli Manning to shred the defense by completing 7 of 9 passes for 91 yards and a TD to finish with a near-perfect 145.8 QB rating.
2) Run Defense – 160 yards in 32 attempts (5.0 avg.) is all you need to know.
3) Goal Line Blocking – four tried from inside the 10 and the Patriots can't get into the endzone? IT was 1st and goal from the 3, when the Patriots ran the ball 4 times (3 T. Clayton, 1 BJGE).
Zac Robinson – It was not a good night for the rookie. Has struggled all preseason.
Buddy Farnham – The rookie took bad angle on the long Giant's TD. Then he had the fumble. Farnham did have some nice hits as a free safety, and a decent 35-yard kickoff return.
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