Aug 29, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (88) is brought down by New England Patriots free safety Tavon Wilson (27) with help from linebacker Niko Koutouvides (90) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE
The Patriots did not use their starters on either side tonight, but the Giants did use their first string offense tonight for most of the first half. Eli Manning was able to work with Hakeem Nicks for the first time all preseason, who was playing his first game since breaking his foot back in May. Nicks caught a pass up the middle for six yards and took contact, but walked away from the play with no injury.
The first string offense finished with a total of 69 yards, Manning completing 4-of-8 passes for 29 yards against the Patriots second string. Most importantly: there were no injuries.
Andre Brown had a good night as he is fighting for a chance to make the roster as he rushed 14 times for 55 yards. He only made on mistake, a fumble that Bear Pascoe recovered on the Giants' 1-yard line.
The Giants sat all of their top defensive ends tonight in Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck, and Osi Umenyiora. Stepping in tonight was Adewale Ojomo, and he didn't disappoint. He sacked Brian Hoyer and forced a fumble in the fourth quarter that Marcus Thomas returned for 12-yards and set up the game winning drive for the Giants. Lawrence Tynes kicked a field goal for three points to put the Giants ahead for good.
The Patriots made a run to try and win the game in the final minute, but Laron Scott caught an interception at the 1-yard line to give the Giants an opportunity to run out the final seconds on the clock.
The Giants open the season on Wednesday, Sept. 5th against the Dallas Cowboys at home.