Giants Defeat Patriots in Pre-Season Super Bowl Rematch

A.J. MartelliSenior Analyst IAugust 28, 2008

On the same day the New York Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox, the New York Giants defeated the same team they upset in Super Bowl XLII, the New England Patriots, by a score of 19-14.

Giants' Head Coach Tom Coughlin decided to rest starting quarterback Eli Manning in the final preseason tuneup of the year. David Carr started for the Giants, and did a good job.

Carr completed 20 out of 29 passes, threw a total of 192 yards, passed for two touchdowns, and threw no interceptions.

Pats' superstar quarterback Tom Brady also sat out tonight, nursing an injury. Matt Gutierrez, Matt Cassel, and Kevin O'Connell went a combined 12 for 19, tossed 128 yards for one touchdown and one interception.

In the first quarter on their first drive, the G-Men scored. Carr threw a 26 yard pass to Darcy Johnson for a touchdown, and the Giants went up 7-0.

The score would remain 7-0 until the second quarter. Carr tossed a nine yard pass to receiver Sinorice Moss for a touchdown, but kicker Josh Huston missed the point after, and the score was then 13-0.

Huston kicked two more field goals in the third and fourth quarters, making the score 19-0.

New England finally was able to break through in the fourth, as backup quarterback O'Connell hooked up with Chad Jackson for a 16-yard touchdown, and the Pats trailed 19-7.

O'Connell showed some athleticism, as he rushed for a touchdown in an 18-yard drive, and cut the lead to 19-14.

The Giants would take over from here, and not look back, as they went on to win the game.

"It was nice because I can only do so much in practice. It was all about me just feeling well, playing football, and getting a chance with the World Champion Giants," said Carr after the game.

Danny Ware of the Giants led the game in rushing, as he had 49 yards in 13 carries.

Giants' wide out Mario Manningham led the game in receiving, as he caught five passes for 49 yards. His longest was 12.

Thursday, Sep. 4 marks the first game of the regular season for the Giants. They will  meet the Washington Redskins at home with a kickoff time at about 7:00 p.m. ET.