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Patriots.com News Blitz - 8/29/2008

The Patriots wrapped up the preseason Thursday night with a 19-14 loss to the New York Giants in a rematch of Super Bowl XLII. Though they finished 0-4 in exhibition games, last night's loss gave them a chance to get one last look at the fringe players fighting for a spot on the final roster.

Should the Patriots be worried? Belichick has already put the preseason behind him and is gearing up for Week 1.

One of the bright spots Thursday was wide receiver Chad Jackson, who caught a touchdown for the second consecutive game on a pass from rookie Kevin O'Connell.

O'Connell deserves credit for that play, too, as Belichick pointed out during his post-game interview.

As for Matt Gutierrez, Thursday wasn't his best performance, but he still hopes to make the final cut.

Off the field, linebacker Larry Izzoaccepted the team's Ron Burton Community Service Award for his work within the community, which includes the "Larryoke" fund-raiser for military-related charities.

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As part of its 2008 NFL preview, ESPN ranks the league's best fans. Patriots' fans finished eighth among the 32 teams.

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