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Game Notes: Patriots vs. Giants

Posted Aug 29, 2013

The following are game notes from the New England Patriots preseason game vs. the New York Giants at Gillette Stadium on Thursday, August 29, 2013.

*The Patriots finished above .500 in the preseason for the sixth time (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2009) under Bill Belichick and for the first time since finishing 3-1 in 2009 after finishing the 2013 preseason with a 3-1 record.

*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.

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