Patriots vs. Giants: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Radio, Game Time and More

Alex Kay@AlexPKayCorrespondent IAugust 27, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 05:  Aaron Hernandez #81 of the New England Patriots celebrates after catching a 12 yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady #12 in the third quarter against Deon Grant #34 of the New York Giants during Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The New York Giants (1-2) are hosting the New England Patriots (1-2) for the fourth and final preseason game on both of these two elite teams’ schedule.

While neither club will be playing many of their starters for more than a series or two at most, it should still be a great game that will be decided by second and third-stringers.

Let’s take a look at where you can watch the Super Bowl XLVI “rematch," who to keep an eye on during the game and make a prediction on which side will win.



Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

When: Wednesday, August 29 at 7:00 p.m. ET

Watch: NFL Network

Live Stream: NFL Preseason LiveNFL Red Zone

Listen: NFL Audio Pass

Betting Line: Not Yet Set



What’s At Stake?

While fans would love to see Tom Brady and Eli Manning battle it out in an intense game between the most recent Super Bowl champions and runners-up, it simply won’t be the case.

Coaches Tom Coughlin and Bill Belichick have a history of sitting their starters during the fourth week of the preseason for numerous reasons—mainly to get healthy and rested going into the regular season.

Regardless, the rosters are starting to shake out and both teams will be cut down to 75 players by Wednesday night’s kickoff. Each coaching staff will have to evaluate the remaining fringe players and bring their personnel number down to 53 before Sept. 5.

You’ll want to keep an eye on the players that are on the cusp of making the roster, as their play in this game will impact whether they make the cut or not.



Patriots Key Injuries (via

DB Patrick Chung—Shoulder—QST

WR Jabar Gaffney—Thigh—QST

RB Shane Vereen—Foot—QST


Giants Key Injuries (via

DB Prince Amukamara—Leg—DBT

DL Shaun Rogers—Leg—DBT

RB Ahmad Bradshaw—Hand—QST

LB Mathias Kiwanuka—Groin—QST

WR Hakeem Nicks—Foot—QST

DL Jason Pierre-Paul—Back—QST

DB Terrell Thomas—Knee—DBT



What They’re Saying

The Associated Press (via The Washington Post) caught up with some of the New England players to discuss their offensive woes in the preseason.

Brandon Lloyd, the Pats' new No. 1 receiver, didn’t seem too concerned when he shed some light upon the team’s problems.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do in being consistent and putting drives together to get the ball into the end zone,” said Lloyd. “We are developing as an offense and we’re trying to integrate as much of the running game and pass catchers as possible, but I think what it is coming down to is that we all need to make plays and be more consistent out there on the football field.”


Patriots Player to Watch: Nate Solder

Solder’s poor play this preseason has a lot of observers concerned. The second-year man out of Colorado is expected to start at LT to replace the now-retired Matt Light.

The 6’8” lineman has been getting bullied around, and that sort of play has to stop if Tom Brady is going to stay healthy during the regular season. Solder must fix his technique tonight or risk losing his job in the near future.




Giants Player to Watch: Michael Coe

Due to injury in the Giants secondary, the 28-year-old is now one of the starting corners in N.Y.

Terrell Thomas, Prince Amukamara and Jayron Hosley were all ahead of the six-year veteran on the depth chart before getting injured.

The former Alabama State player has a chance to hold the position for the season opener against the Cowboys—but that depends on how he plays against the Pats and the health of his teammates.



Prediction: Patriots 28 – Giants 21

This game is tough to predict due to the fact that unknown backups will be playing a major role in the outcome.

However, many of the Patriots' second-stringers still remember the pain from last season’s Super Bowl loss and will play with a mental and physical edge that the Giants simply won’t be able to match in this preseason contest.

Expect the Pats to win by at least a TD based on that factor alone. 


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