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Tue., Mar. 31, 2015 12:00 AM to 11:55 AM EDT
Tue., Mar. 31, 2015 11:55 AM to 2:00 PM EDT
Tue., Mar. 31, 2015 2:00 PM to 11:59 PM EDT
Game Notes: Patriots vs. Giants
*Rookie free agent WR Quentin Sims led the team with 72 receiving yards on three receptions and had a pair of touchdowns. Heading into the game, Sims had caught one pass in the preseason for 14 yards.
*Rookie free agent RB George Winn scored the Patriots first points of the night when he culminated a 12-play, 86-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Winn led the team with 54 rushing yards on 14 carries.
*2013 fourth-round draft pick WR Josh Boyce hauled in a 40-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Mallett in the second quarter and had an 18-yard run on an end around in the first quarter.
*Leon Washington had a 43-yard punt return in the second quarter. On the next play, Mallett completed his 40-yard touchdown pass to Boyce to give the Patriots a 14-7 lead.
*2013 seventh-round draft pick DL Michael Buchanan forced a fumble on a sack in the second quarter that was recovered by fellow seventh-round pick LB Steve Beauharnais with under three minutes to play in the second half to prevent a Giant scoring threat.
*QB Ryan Mallett started the game and played the first half, finishing 10-of-16 for 117 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
*QB Tim Tebow played the entire second half and finished 6-of-11 for 91 yards and two touchdowns. He connected with Quentin Sims on a 52-yard scoring pass in the fourth quarter and a 9-yard touchdown pass to Sims with six seconds to play. Tebow added 30 rushing yards on six carries.
*Both Patriots quarterbacks completed long touchdown passes of 40 yards or more. Mallett had a 40-yard touchdown pass to WR Josh Boyce in the second quarter and Tebow connected on a 52-yard touchdown pass to WR Quentin Sims in the fourth quarter. The Patriots’ previous long pass in the 2013 preseason was a 37-yard pass from Tom Brady to WR Kenbrell Thompkins at Detroit.
*The Patriots defense totaled five sacks of Giants quarterbacks, totaling 34 yards. Seventh-round draft choice Michael Buchanan led the charge with 2.5 sacks, while Marcus Benard and Scott Vallone added a sack apiece.
*CB Marquice Cole, LB Steve Beauharnais and LB Jamie Collins each tied for the team lead with seven tackles.
*Offensive lineman Marcus Cannon made his preseason debut when he started at right tackle He missed the first three preseason games.
*Dan Connolly made his first start of the preseason when he started at right guard. Connolly made his preseason debut at Detroit but did not start.
*Will Svitek started at left tackle after starting the first three preseason games at right guard.
*The Patriots snapped a three-game preseason losing streak against the Giants, winning a preseason contest against New York for the first time since 2009. The Patriots and Giants have met in the preseason finale in each of the last nine years (2005-13), and the Patriots are now 3-6 in those games, with all three wins coming at Gillette Stadium.