It was the long-awaited rematch of Super Bowl XLVI between the New York Giants and New England Patriots. The hottest ticket in town! Fans lined up deep into the city as they waited to get into MetLife Stadium! Well, not really, but it was yet another game between the Giants and Patriots. And like so before, Big Blue came out victorious after a late fourth quarter rally.
Alas, winning and losing matters not in the preseason … especially in game four of the preseason. Instead, it was all about youngsters facing last rights. For some, this is the end of the line. For others, it's just the beginning.
- Steve Weatherford – Weatherford was a superstar in the first half, having several punts downed inside the 20. He also boomed one out of the Giants' endzone following a disastrous display by the replacement officials. We'll have more on that later.
- Jacquian Williams – J. Will looks far more polished heading into his second season, and once again displayed his athleticism in pass coverage. Although he whiffed on a would-be pick-six, it's clear he's more than capable of holding his own against the pass.
- Mark Herzlich – On one particular screen in the third quarter, Herz did a great job sniffing it out, weaving through traffic to make the tackle after a very short gain. He is the future at MLB.
- Ramses Barden – He needed two big games to save his roster spot, and he produced in both. Was it enough to save his job? We think so.
- Justin Tryon – Tryon looked like a guy fighting for his job tonight. He was active, in on most plays, didn't allow many yards after the catch and appeared very disciplined.
- Rocky Bernard – Although he didn't play too much, Bernard looked in mid-season form early in the game. He made several plays, including a tackle after moving laterally down the line, that reminded us of what he did back in Seattle.
- Adewale Ojomo – Because of Adrian Tracy's ongoing injury situations, Ojomo has been getting a lot more attention than he otherwise would have … and he's made the most of it. He's dominated deep reserves, which is exactly what he should be doing, and may -just may- have earned himself a spot on the 53-man roster. There may be something here…
- Matt Broha – Practice squad, anyone? There seems to be some future talent in Broha, but just not enough room for him right now given the success of Ojomo.
- Marcus Thomas – Thomas was in on quite a few plays, had a couple pressures and recovered the Ojomo forced fumble that set the Giants up for the victory.
- Replacement Referees – Offsetting penalties. No, wait … both on the same team. Five yards for a personal foul. Blah, blah, blah. They don't know the rules, they have problems speaking in public and they're both intimidated and overwhelmed by the coaches. They are a disaster, and will cost at least one team a win in week one. Guaranteed.
- Mitch Petrus – Even with all of the offensive line injuries, Petrus came into this game on the bubble. He didn't do himself any favors as he allowed Eli Manning to take several hits he had no business taking.
- Martellus Bennett – The Black Unicorn had the worst game of his preseason thus far, including a drop and missed block.
- Matt McCants – The rookie really struggled tonight, giving up tons of pressure. He bit on several inside moves, several outside moves and then fell victim to a few bull rushes.
- Isaiah Stanback – Add yet another special teams penalty (his third of the preseason) to Stanback's resume.
- Eli Manning – Oh no! The sky is falling!
- David Carr – Statistically, Carr had a solid game. However, when the Giants go back and watch the tape, they're going to see that he held onto the ball a little too long and, on some occasions, failed to see a wide open man downfield. He also nearly stepped out of bounds for a safety late in the fourth quarter.
- Andre Brown – Brown really flashed tonight and showcased some skills that once reminded everyone of Derrick Ward. He has a good balance between speed and power, and also demonstrated excellent vision and footwork. He was routinely able to find cutback lanes, and made several positive gains after being trapped in the backfield. If nothing else, he made Tom Coughlin's decision on his future very difficult. Unfortunately, he topped his night off with an inexcusable fumble on a first down run in the fourth quarter. New York kept the ball, but that's a pet peeve of the coach.
- NBC – Really? Twice NBC missed live action while showing commercials, and early in the first quarter suffered through some major programing issues. But hey, they did show a Giants 101 tweet!
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