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Game Preview: Patriots at Giants

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NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (2-1) at NEW YORK GIANTS (2-1)
Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. ET. MetLife Stadium (82,500)

The New England Patriots will close out the 2018 preseason against the New York Giants for the 14th consecutive season when they square off on Thursday at MetLife Stadium. 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 27 matchups. Philadelphia is second with 23 preseason games. The Giants have won 18 of the preseason matchups, including wins in the last four preseason meetings.

Both teams enter the final week of the preseason with matching 2-1 records.

SERIES HISTORY

The New England Patriots and the New York Giants will meet for the 28th time in the preseason and for the 14th straight year in the preseason finale.

The clubs have been frequent preseason opponents recently, squaring off in 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 27 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 two times 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 game, 27-26.

Overall, the Giants hold a 18-9 advantage in the preseason series. The Patriots claim a 6-4 edge in the regular-season play.

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 Rollers (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.

TALE OF THE TAPE

2017 Season New York Giants New England Patriots
Points Scored 246 458
First Downs 271 389
3rd Down Conversions 74 82
Offensive Yards 5,028 6,307
New Rushing Yards 1,549 1,889
Net Passing Yards 3,479 4,418
Field Goals 18 37
Touchdowns 28 49
Rushing TDs 6 16
Passing TDs 20 32
PR/KR TDs 2 1
Punt Return Avg. 5.5 8.2
KO Return Avg. 19.6 22.2
Sacks 27.0 41.0

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.

FREQUENT OPPONENT

New England closes out the preseason against their most frequent preseason opponent for the 27th time, the New York Giants. The top three most frequent preseason opponents for the Patriots are all NFC East teams.

BROADCAST INFORMATION

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 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-TV's Steve Burton. Patriots Football Weekly's beat writers Paul Perillo and Andy Hart will also provide insight and analysis.

PATRIOTS PRESEASON TELEVISION NETWORK

Massachusetts

Boston, Mass. WBZ-TV Ch. 4

Springfield, Mass. WWLP-TV Ch. 22

Connecticut

Hartford, 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 40 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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