The Giants closed out their preseason at 2 and 2 tonight with a 19-14 win over the New England Patriots in what was ridiculously billed as a Super Bowl rematch and wasn’t even as close as the score indicates. After forcing a first possession punt by Patriots, David Carr led the Giants on a sharp 80 yard drive culminating with a pretty 26 yard catch and run by TE Darcy Johnson who simply wouldn’t let Fernando Bryant tackle him. Johnson also made another nice catch later in the game.
By their second drive, the Giants substituted their 2nd teamers but Carr stayed in because Anthony Wright wasn’t available and Carr stayed sharp leading the Giants to another sustained TD drive, this time with nice TD pass across the middle to Sinorice Moss. But, as has been the case too often this preseason, Josh Huston missed another kick, this time hitting the upright on the point after attempt. Obviously, if Tynes can’t come back soon, the Giants will have to bring in someone else. Houston isn’t accurate and his leg isn’t very strong, rarely putting his kickoffs into the end zone for a touchback.
For most of the 1st half, the Patriots didn’t look either sharp or enthusiastic, rarely sticking their noses in and making hard contact. They did not take on Brandon Jacobs of Derrick Ward in the hole but did manage a 2nd quarter drive into scoring range. But, RW McQuarters — who’d missed two key tackles on that same drive — came away with an end zone pick, running it back out to the 30 yd line. The half ended Giants 13 — Patriots 0.
In the second half, the Giants 2nd and 3rd teamers still out hit and out played their Patriot counterparts and didn’t even have a penalty until 9:26 of the 3rd quarter, during which they increased their lead to 19-0. Unfortunately, formerly impressive WR Brandon London did not play well. He dropped a few easy passes and fumbled the ball away in Giants territory. Luckily the call was overturned by a Coughlin challenge. Things got much worse in the 4th quarter when rookie QB, Andre Woodson came in and almost gave the game back to the Patriots with two fumbled snaps. One was a simple snap from under Center and the other was a Shotgun formation snap. He was promptly benched by Coughlin. Patriots rookie QB Kevin O’Connell led the Patriots on two 4th quarter scoring drives, closing the score to 19-14. David Carr had to come back into the game to lead the Giants to a couple of first downs, finally taking a knee or two to close out the win 19-14.
Some first half observations: Danny Ware is a load. Stuart Schweigert will definitely stick his nose in there and hit people. Kenny Phillips is a deadly open field tackler and Kevin Boothe may be a very valuable back up ‘O’ lineman who can play Guard and Tackle. Also, 3rd round draft pick, Mario Manningham can definitely catch the ball — although he did short-arm one over the middle. Chase Blackburn played well for Antonio Pierce, Renaldo Wynn was in for Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka started played a lot longer than the other starters because he needs the reps. Giants had about a 157 yards rushing and David Carr was 20 of 29 for 192 yards and 2 TDs. As usual, the Tom Coughlin Giants hit hard, tackled well, blocked well and played a tough smart game.