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Giants-Patriots halftime score: Backup defense strong, Giants trail, 6-3

Second half open thread

Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants have just one half of preseason football left to play, and the first half of the final game went much like the first six halves of the preseason.

The New England Patriots fielded much of their starting offense, complete with suspended quarterback Tom Brady. The Giants, on the other hand, fielded only two defensive starters, but the result was much the same as in the previous three preseason games.

The Giants' back-up defense was stout against the Patriots offense, with Trevin Wade setting the tone by blowing a screen play on the first play of the game, then ending that series by intercepting Brady. The Giants came up with a pair of fumbles later when undrafted rookie safety delivered a beautiful tackle to tight end Martellus Bennett, jarring the ball loose and Kerry Wynn came from nowhere to force another.

The back-up defensive line, headlined by ends Owamagbe Odighizuwa, Kerry Wynn, and Romeo Okwara harried Brady all throughout the first quarter, forcing him to rush throws and scramble when they couldn't hit him.

The Giants offense, on the other hand, was much the same as the first three games. There were a few flashes of good play by players, but ultimately blocking issues, communication breakdowns, and missed assignments bogged the offense down.

Tavarres King, Orleans Darkwa, and Paul Perkins all had highlights during the first half, but it wasn't enough for the Giants to score more than three points.

Use this as your open thread for the second half.