The first string offense - which played into the second quarter - was sluggish, especially the running game. Eli Manning threw for only 29 yards on 4-for-8 passing. Rookie RB David Wilson had a mere 13 yards on eight carries.
WR Hakeem Nicks made his preseason debut and caught a six-yard pass over the middle from Eli and exited shortly after.
After teams traded FGs and punts all night long, the game appeared to be headed to overtime at 3-3. That was until Giants' rookie DE Adewale Ojomo strip-sacked New England third-team QB Brian Hoyer in Patriot territory. DT Marcus Thomas recovered the fumble on the NE 17 yard line. The possession culminated in a 32-yard FG by Lawrence Tynes with 1:07 remaining.
The Giants held on for the win, 6-3.
As for offensive players who made headway toward roster spots....RB Andre Brown was going great guns until he almost lost a fumble deep in Giants territory. He was bailed out by TE Bear Pascoe who fell on the ball at the one. WR Ramses Barden made his case for a roster spot with four catches. WR Jerrel Jernigan had a 25-yard pickup on a broken play.
Rookie TE Adrien Robinson got involved in the passing game, but did not finish his block on one play, leading to a sack of QB David Carr.
Rookie OT Matt McCants had multiple penalties, one negated a nice reception by Barden in the red zone. OL Mitch Petrus continued to struggle in pass protection, getting beat for sack in the first quarter.
On defense, DE Adewale Ojomo was a force again as were DEs Matt Broha and Craig Marshall. DT Dwayne Hendricks had another strong game as did LB Spencer Paysinger, who left the game with a leg issue but returned in the second half.
The secondary played fairly well, although in all fairness, they did not face Tom Brady, Wes Welker and their traveling TE show.