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Patriots End Preseason Finale Fast and Furious

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The last time the New York Giants played the New England Patriots over ninety-five million people was watching the game (Super Bowl XLII) where the Patriots lost 17-14. This Thursday September 1st, they met again. Although there were fourteen other games to choose from when illegally surfing the internet for all the final preseason games, the Patriots looked sharp. At the start of the first quarter, Patriots’ defensive end Rob Ninkovich stripped Domenik Hixon on a crossing pattern which was recovered by Patriots’ strong safety Patrick Chung. The fumble recovery set the Patriots up on the Giants one yard line where Benjarvus Green-Ellis punched it in on first down.  Two minutes later David Carr threw an interception to Patriots’ star cornerback Devin McCourty setting Stephen Gostkowski for a 31 yard field goal. Momentum kept rolling for the Patriots as Brady hooked up with wide receiver Mathew Slater for a 64 yard completion which set up Benjarvus Green-Ellis for yet another goal line score from at the end of the first quarter.  Yes, it is true that coach Tom Coughlin rested his starters in the final preseason game because they battled the New York Jets a few days earlier and needed to assess players for the final roster, but the Patriots didn’t start off the game yawning like they did against the Lions a week back.  From a fan’s perspective, it’s comforting seeing the Patriots taking control of the game right away. Coach Belichick said after the game, "It was a good, competitive game. We learned a lot about we we have, but we're looking forward to the start of the season." You want to start the season on the right foot and in the season opener the Patriots will travel to Miami to play the Dolphins. The all-time record between these two rivals stands at 50-40, Miami Dolphins.