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Game Preview: Giants at Patriots

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NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (3-0) VS. NEW YORK GIANTS (3-0)
Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. ET. Gillette Stadium (65,878)

The New England Patriots and the New York Giants will meet for the 29th time in the preseason and for the 15th straight year in the 2019 preseason finale.

The clubs have been frequent preseason opponents recently, squaring off in the preseason openers for three straight years from 2001-03 and resuming the series in 2005 when they started to meet in the preseason finale.

The Patriots have faced the Giants more than any other team in the preseason with 28 matchups. Philadelphia is second with 23 preseason games.

SERIES HISTORY

The New England Patriots and the New York Giants will meet for the 29th time in the preseason and for the 15th straight year in the preseason finale.

The clubs have been frequent preseason opponents recently, squaring off in the preseason openers for three straight years from 2001-03 and resuming the series in 2005 when they started to meet in the preseason finale.

The Patriots have faced the Giants more than any other team in the preseason with 28 matchups. Philadelphia is second with 23 preseason games.

The teams played three times during the 2007 and 2011 seasons with meetings in the preseason, the regular season and in the Super Bowl. The Patriots and Giants faced each other twice in 2015 with a preseason meeting in Foxborough and a regular-season meeting at the Giants. The Patriots lost the preseason finale 12-9 and then won the regular-season matchup, 27-26. The Patriots and Giants will again square off twice in 2019, as part of the NFL's schedule rotation. Following hte preseason matchup, they will play in Week 6 (Oct. 10) when the Patriots host the Giants on Thursday Night Football.

Overall, the Giants hold a 18-10 advantage in the preseason series, while the Patriots claim a 6-4 edge in the regular season play.

MEMORABLE MATCHUPS

Aug. 15, 1971 - The Patriots defeated the Giants 20-14 in the opening preseason game at the old Foxboro Stadium.

Dec. 21, 1996 -The Patriots rallied from a 22-3 fourth-quarter deficit to clinch a first-round playoff bye with a 23-22 win at Giants Stadium.

Aug. 10, 2001 - New England began its first Super Bowl championship season with a 14-0 preseason shutout of the defending NFC champion Giants.

Dec. 29, 2007 - The Patriots defeat the Giants by a thrilling 38-35 score to cap off the first 16-0 regular season in NFL history.

February 3, 2008 - The Patriots faced the Giants in Super Bowl XLII in Glendale, Ariz. The Giants 17-14 win snapped the Patriots perfect season.

February 5, 2012 - The Patriots faced the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis, Ind. The Giants took a 21-17 lead when they scored with 57 seconds left in the game and held the Patriots on a final drive to secure the win.

November 15, 2015 - K Stephen Gostkowski drilled a 54-yard field goal with one second to play to lift the Patriots to a 27-26 come-from-behind victory. The Giants took a 26-24 lead with 1:47 to play before QB Tom Brady drove the Patriots 44 yards and converted a fourth-and-10 on the series to set up the game-winning field goal.

TALE OF THE TAPE

Table inside Article
2018 REGULAR SEASON NEW ENGLAND CAROLINA
Record 11-5 5-11
Divisional Standings 1st 4th
Total Yards Gained 6,295 5,697
Total Offense (Rank) 393.4 (5) 356.1 (17)
Rush Offense 127.3 (5) 103.1 (24)
Pass Offense 266.1 (8) 252.9 (11)
Points Per Game 27.3 (4) 23.0 (16)
Total Yards Allowed 5,746 5,942
Total Defense 359.1 (21) 371.4 (24)
Rush Defense 112.7 (11) 118.4 (20)
Pass Defense 246.4 (22) 252.8 (23)
Points Allowed/Game 20.3 (7) 25.8 (23)
Possession Avg. 31:05 28:44
Sacks Allowed/Yards Lost 21/147 47/358
Sacks Made/Yards 30/238 30/185
Passing TD/Int (off.) 29/11 23/12
Passing TD/Int (def.) 29/18 24/16
Total Touchdowns 51 39
Penalties Against/Yards 93/744 114/951
Punts/Avg. 64/45.1 71/45.4
Field Goals Made/Att. 27/32 32/33
Takeaway/Giveaway Ratio +10 (5) +2 (13T)

NEW ENGLAND TIES

In the decades leading up to the founding of the American Football League in 1960, many football fans in New England followed the Giants, a franchise founded in 1925. New England-based NFL outfits such as the Providence Steam Roller (1925-31), the Boston Redskins (1932-36) and the Boston Yanks (1944-48) folded or moved away, leaving the Giants as the closest NFL team to New England until the Patriots franchise inaugurated play in the 1960 season.

BROADCAST INFO

TELEVISION: This week's game will be broadcast by the Patriots Preseason Television Network and can be seen in every New England state, as well as Alaska and Hawaii. The preseason network's flagship station is WBZ-TV CBS in Boston. Bob Socci provides the play-by-play and is joined by former Patriots quarterback Scott Zolak in the broadcast booth. Former Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich will provide sideline analysis along with WBZ's Steve Burton.

PATRIOTS PRESEASON TELEVISION NETWORK

Massachusetts
Boston, Mass. WBZ-TV Ch. 4
Springfield, Mass. WWLP-TV Ch. 22

Connecticut
New Haven, Conn. WTNH-TV Ch. 8

Maine
Portland, Maine WMTW-TV Ch. 8
Bangor, Maine WVII-TV Ch. 7

New Hampshire
Manchester, N.H. WMUR-TV Ch. 9

Rhode Island
Providence, R.I. WPRI-TV Ch. 12

Vermont
Burlington, Vt. WCAX-TV Ch. 3

Alaska
Anchorage, Alaska KYUR-TV Ch. 13
Fairbanks, Alaska KATN-TV Ch. 2
Juneau, Alaska KJUD-TV Ch. 8

Hawaii
Honolulu, Hawaii KFVE-TV Ch. 5

RADIO: 98.5 FM, The Sports Hub, is the flagship station for the Patriots Radio Network. A complete listing of the network’s 38 stations can be found here. Play-by-play broadcaster Dan Roche will call the action along with former Patriots linebacker Matt Chatham, who will provide color analysis. The games are produced by Marc Cappello.

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