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Kyle Lauletta struggled for the New York Giants, but Donte Deayon made a case for a roster spot with two picks in the preseason finale.

Super Bowl 42 or 46, it was not, and not only because the New England Patriots escaped with a victory. Punctuated by a long touchdown run by seventh-round rookie Danny Etling, the Patriots took home their annual summer exhibition from the New York Giants, winning by a 17-12 final on Thursday night at MetLife Stadium.

Rather than an Eli ManningTom Brady showdown, the game was mostly a showcase of rookies under center, as Etling went up against Giants fourth-round pick Kyle Lauletta. The latter played into the third quarter for the Giants (2-2), going 8-for-19 for 118 yards. He also was forced into two turnovers on the evening, with Patriots cornerback J.C. Jackson, a rookie of the undrafted variety, being the lucky recipient each time.

On the brighter side, Lauletta did find Amba Etta-Tawo for a 41-yard score in the first half, one that gave the Giants the lead.

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Another Giant on the roster bubble who made his case was Donte Deayon, who earned a pair of interceptions of his own.

New England (3-1) took the lead in the second half, with Etling finding fellow rookie Ralph Webb. The running back scored on a one-yard throw. In the fourth quarter, Etling took matters into his own hands in the form of an 86-yard run to glory that sealed the meaningless score.

New York was able to add a final score late, as Alonzo Russell took in an eight-yard Alex Tanney throw to create the final.

The Giants (2-2) will open their regular season on September 9, welcoming in the Jacksonville Jaguars to MetLife Stadium (1:00 p.m. ET, FOX).

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