Tom Brady, Daniel Jones
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The undermanned New York Giants fought valiantly against the undefeated New England Patriots, but ultimately came up short in the end. 

Jason Leach

  • New York Giants 14 (2-4)
  • New England Patriots 35 (6-0)
  • NFL, Week 6, Final, Box Score
  • Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA

The New York Giants put forth a much better effort than many expected against the New England Patriots on Thursday night, but in the end, the six-time Super Bowl champs were just too much. The undermanned Giants were defeated 35-14 by the Pats, as they improved to 6-0.

The Giants came into this came huge underdogs as they were without three key offensive starters in Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram. But for three quarters, they fought hard and hung in there.

As expected, Bill Belichick was able to confuse Daniel Jones into mistakes. The Duke product threw three interceptions, ultimately helping Belichick improve to 12-0 vs. rookie quarterbacks at home. But the young Jones made plays as well, despite playing without his three best playmakers.

Jones finished the game completing 15 of 31 passes for 161 yards, a touchdown and the three aforementioned picks. It was certainly a learning experience in the maturation process of Jones that will help him as his career progresses.

The Patriots special teams unit opened up the scoring with 1:41 remaining in the first quarter when Brandon Bolden blocked a Riley Dixon punt and ran back six yards by Chase Winovich for the touchdown.

New England would find the end zone again in the second quarter on a Brandon Bolden one-yard touchdown run to put them up 14-0.

With the game in jeopardy of being a blowout, the Giants offense respond quickly. Three plays later, Jones dropped a dime to Golden Tate who outran the Patriots secondary for a 64-yard touchdown reception to cut the deficit to 14-7.

It would take just 87 seconds for the Giants to tie the game at 14. Lorenzo Carter sacked Tom Brady and forced a fumble that was recovered by Markus Golden at the Patriots 42-yard-line and ran it back all the way for a touchdown.

As the Patriots have done throughout the Brady-Belichick era, they answered back and marched down the field on 11 plays, culminating in a one-yard QB sneak for the touchdown to take a 21-14 halftime lead.

The two teams were unable to put any points on the board in the third quarter. The Patriots would extend their lead to 28-14 when Kyle Van Noy returned a Johnathan Hilliman fumble 22 yards for the touchdown with 8:32 remaining in the game.

The Patriots would end the competitive phase of the game on their next possession. Following a Brady to Julian Edelman 36-yard completion that set the ball at the Giants three-yard line, Brady would score two plays later on his second one-yard touchdown quarterback sneak of the game to make the final score 35-14.

The Giants will now have a week and a half until they take on the Arizona Cardinals on Oct. 20 at MetLife Stadium.

Jason's first love was football while growing up in northern New Jersey. For the past three years, he has covered the New York Giants, as well as several boxing events along the East Coast.