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Giants-Dolphins final score: Giants fall, 27-10, in preseason opener

Turnovers doom Giants in loss to Miami

NFL: Preseason-Miami Dolphins at New York Giants
Ryan Nssib fumbles when hit from behind.
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A promising start on Friday night for the New York Giants got washed away in a sea of turnovers and sloppy play as the New York Giants lost to the Miami Dolphins, 27-10, in the preseason opener for both teams.

The Giants got off to an impressive start and led, 10-0, before quarterback Ryan Nassib imploded with two interceptions and a fumble that helped Miami to a 17-10 halftime. A fumble by rookie running back Paul Perkins set the Dolphins up for a fourth-quarter score.

Nassib finished 7-of-15 for 75 yards with two interceptions and a fumble. Andre Williams ran nine times for a team-high 41 yards.

Defensively, Mark Herzlich had eight tackles, rookie B.J. Goodson had seven tackles, Owa Odighizuwa had two sacks and three quarterback hits and Olivier Vernon had a pair of quarterback hits. Linebacker Jonathan Casillas had an interception.

Neither quarterback Eli Manning nor wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. played for the Giants. Both were held out by coach Ben McAdoo. The game was delayed nearly an hour by severe weather.

Moments That Mattered

Eli not starting: McAdoo decided not to start Manning. a change from how the preseason opener was handled in the past. (Read the full story)

That weather delay: Just what everybody wanted, I’m sure. A weather delay that officially lasted 43 minutes. (Read the full story)

The “other” Eli appears to be OK: First-round pick Eli Apple left the game in the first half, but appears to have escaped serious injury. (Read the full story)

Failing to protect “The Duke:” McAdoo refers to the ball as “The Duke” and drills ball security every day. The Giants, however, turned the ball over four times Friday. Miami turned those gifts into 24 points.


Ben McAdoo on not playing Eli Manning

What’s Next?

The Giants will be off Saturday, but will return to the Quest Diagnostics Training Center for the final public practice of training camp on Sunday, Aug. 14. That workout begins at 11:10 a.m. ET. The Giants will break camp on Monday with a closed practice that is scheduled to start at 10:40 a.m.

Remaining Preseason Schedule

Saturday, Aug. 20 — @ Buffalo Bills, 4 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 27 — @ New York Jets, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 1 — vs. New England Patriots, 7 p.m.