Aug 29, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New England Patriots linebacker Mike Rivera (47) and linebacker Jeff Tarpinian (53) pinch in on New York Giants defensive back Dante Hughes (33) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE

Patriots Preseason 2012: New England Defeated By New York, 6-3, In Finale

A pair of field goals was all it took for the New York Giants to secure a victory over the New England Patriots, 6-3, in the preseason finale on Wednesday evening at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. New England finished the preseason at 1-3.

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NFL Power Rankings: Patriots Among Top 3

SB Nation's NFL editor Joel Thorman released his preseason Power Rankings Tuesday, and the New England Patriots were ranked No. 3 overall. The Patriots were edged by the Green Bay Packers and New York Giants, who were slotted No. 1 and 2.

Here's what the Thorman had to say about New England:

3. New England Patriots (LW: 2): What is this, decade No. 2 for the Patriots being a top three team? So consistent. The floor for this team is the AFC Championship Game.

Overall, the Patriots were the highest-ranked AFC team, as the Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers and Houston Texans rounded out the top 5 in order.

The Patriots' Week 1 opponent, the Tennessee Titans, were ranked No. 21.

21. Tennessee Titans (LW: 20): If Chris Johnson isn't the old Chris Johnson this year it could be a long year in Tennessee.

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TE Alex Silvestro Released By Patriots, Likely Candidate For Practice Squad

The New England Patriots have released tight end Alex Silvestro as they pare their roster down to 53, according to Christopher Price of WEEI.com.

Silvestro, who played at Rutgers, was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He appeared in one game for the Patriots last season and was on the roster for the Super Bowl. Silvestro played on the defensive line in college, but was converted in New England's tight end-happy offensive system.

With Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez both signing long-term contract extensions, tight end is a tough place to breakthrough on this Patriots team. Silvestro will have to make good use of the reps he gets on the practice squad.

The deadline to have rosters trimmed to 53 is 9 p.m. ET.

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Patriots Release FB Eric Kettani

With the deadline to cut rosters down to 53 fast approaching, the New England Patriots have released fullback Eric Kettani, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston.

The 25-year-old Kettani was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2009 before being called to active duty for the U.S. Navy for two years. He returned in 2011 to earn a practice squad spot with the Patriots. Soon after, he was recalled by the Navy and spent the year in various locations around the globe.

Earlier this summer, Kettani won an appeal to be taken off active-duty status and placed in the reserves. New England coach Bill Belichick assisted in his appeal, so it will come as no surprise if he lands on the practice squad again.

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Patriots Vs. Giants Score Update: 1st Quarter Ends In 0-0 Tie

After one quarter, the New England Patriots and New York Giants are tied at 0-0. Patriots quarterback Ryan Mallett has completed 5-of-7 passes for 15 yards, but failed to march the Pats offense into Giants territory.

The best drive for the Patriots offense came on their third possession, when they marched 29 yards on seven plays.

Neither team managed to produce a drive inside its opponent's territory, as the Patriots defense forced the Giants offense, led by quarterback Eli Manning, to two three-and-outs and just one drive of six plays for seven yards.

Manning finished the quarter 4-for-7 for 29 yards.

So far, Patriots running back Brandon Bolden has carried the ball seven times for 15 yards. Bolden also has two catches for six yards.

For all your Patriots news as the preseason winds down and the roster is finalized, visit Pats Pulpit. And check out SB Nation's NFL hub for all the roster transactions.

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