Ladies and Gentleman, football is back.
Now, I know some people don’t like preseason football, but if you opened up this blog and decided to read it, I imagine you will be watching. Preseason football is for the true die hards, and tomorrow, we get to see the position battles we have been reading about all spring and summer come to life. Even for those who just want to see starters play, you’ll at least get to see them take some snaps according to Brian Daboll. In order to get ready for this one, let’s take a look back at the Giants vs. Patriots 2017 preseason finale.
Unlike the game tomorrow, neither the Giants or Patriots were trotting out many starters on this night. The starting QBs for this one were Geno Smith for the Giants and Jacoby Brissett for the Pats. The game started off with a Brissett touchdown to receiver Cody Hollister. The Giants answered right back with a Matt LaCosse (a future Patriot) touchdown grab from Smith. The other side of the ball would then shine as defensive end Kerry Wynn would pick Brissett off and go all the way back for 6 to put the Giants up a touchdown. From there, the Giants would hold the lead until late in the fourth quarter. The Giants scores came off a trio of Aldrick Rosas field goals, a rushing touchdown from Shaun Draughn and a 2nd receiving touchdown for LaCosse. Halfway through the 4th quarter the Giants would lead 37-21 and the game looked like it was over. Jacoby Brissett would then put the team on his back. He would run in a touchdown himself to make it 37-28, and on the next drive hit Jacob Hollister for a 4-yard touchdown to bring the Patriots within 2 points of the Giants. Then, with 44 seconds left, Stephen Gostkowski would hit a 55-yard field goal to put the Patriots up 38-37. But it wasn’t over yet. If the Patriots hadn’t already learned their lesson, they should never count out the Giants. As time expired, Aldrick Rosas was able to hit a 48-yard field goal to give the Giants a 40-38 victory.
The Giants first step in a new era begins tomorrow night. Winning is always the goal, but in the preseason, its about progress.
If progress is all we see, this Giant fan will be happy, but it wouldn’t hurt to get a game like the Giants and Patriots gave us 5 years ago.
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(Photo: AP Photo/Winslow Townson)