FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 1: Deon Grant #34 of the New York Giants gains yardage against the New England Patriots in the second half at Gillette Stadium on September 1, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

New England Patriots Preseason 2011, Week 4: Giants Strike In Fourth, Edge Patriots, 18-17

In their fourth and final preseason game, the New England Patriots blew a 14-point fourth quarter lead against the New York Giants en route to an 18-17 loss on Thursday night at Gillette Stadium.

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Patriots Vs. Giants: Giants Hold On To Late Lead For 18-17 Win

The New York Giants played a sloppy three quarters of football, as to be expected given they played a hurricane-delayed game just three days ago. But the Giants took a late lead on a fumble recovery and held on to take a 18-17 win in the last preseason game for both teams.

A Richard Medlin fumble allowed Giants safety Derrick Martin to run in for the game-tying score. Giants wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan barely caught a reception in bounds on the two-point conversion attempt to take the lead.

The Giants game within one touchdown of the Patriots after a fake punt attempt that started the fourth quarter. Da’ Rel Scott surprised every Patriots player on the field and ran 65 yards for a touchdown untouched.

Ryan Mallett played the entire fourth quarter at quarterback for the Patriots, and tried to lead a last minute scoring opportunity as time expired. Mallett was flustered by the Giants defense, and couldn’t get much going with his receivers. Mallett finished the night passing for 57 yards and completing 6 of 16 attempts.

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Patriots Vs. Giants: Patriots Take 17-3 Lead Over Giants Into Halftime

The New England Patriots and New York Giants played a second quarter that was full of “close, but no cigar” moments.

The Patriots recovered Giants quarterback David Carr’s fumble at the Patriots’ two yard line, stopping a touchdown that seemed to be a given for the Giants. However, Patriots quarterback Brian Hoyer couldn’t move the chains, leaving the Patriots to punt off the opportunity.

The Patriots nearly gained a second opportunity on the resulting punt. Guy Guyton recovered a muffed Jerrel Jernigan catch, running it to within the Giants five yard line. However, the referees cited the Patriots for an illegal formation, giving the Giants a do-over that Jernigan was able to hold onto.

The Giants then went on a 13 play drive, but it resulted in a missed 49 yard field goal by kicker Rhys Lloyd.

Patriots’ starting quarterback Tom Brady finished up his brief night going 5 for 9, for 116 yards. Hoyer jumped in and amassed 27 passing yards during the second quarter.

All eyes are on Patriots defensive back Patrick Chung, who was shaken up near the midpoint of the second quarter. His injury did not seem serious.

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Patriots Vs. Giants: Patriots Take 10-3 Lead in First Quarter

The New England Patriots defense came up big early on in the first quarter of their preseason game against the New York Giants.

Patriot Patrick Chung jumped on a Domenik Hixon fumble on one of the game’s first plays, gaining the Pats prime field position right on the Giants one yard line. Quarterback Tom Brady handed the ball off to Benjarvus Green-Ellis on the next play for a short jog into the end zone to give the Pats the game’s first touchdown.

On the Patriots’ next drive, Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 31 yard field goal to give them a 10-0 lead.

The Giants finally settled things down on their offense, and moved down the field to give kicker Rhys Lloyd a chance to boot a 48 yard field goal to get the Giants on the board.

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