FOXBOROUGH — Bring on the regular season.
Jacoby Brissett looked razor sharp Thursday, throwing for four touchdown passes and running for one more. But while the New England defense bounced back after a ragged first half, it couldn’t stop a late New York rally that culminated with a 48-yard field goal from Aldrick Rosas as time expired, giving the Giants a 40-38 win in the preseason finale for both teams.
Brissett fired touchdown passes to Austin Carr, Cody Hollister, Jacob Hollister and Devin Lucien. He also ran for one in the fourth quarter, and finished with what might have been one of his best overall outings in a New England uniform: The N.C. State product was 28-for-39 for 340 yards with four touchdown passes and one interception.
Lucien ended up with five catches for 96 yards and a touchdown, while Carr had three catches for 48 yards and a touchdown, LeShun Daniels had 15 carries for 46 yards, and Stephen Gostkowski booted a 55-yard field goal with less than a minute to go that looked like it would be the difference.
But a final drive behind Giants' quarterback Davis Webb got New York to the New England 41-yard line with four seconds left, and Rosas connected for the game-winner as time expired.
While most of New England’s starters on both sides of the ball spent the night on the sidelines, New England’s defense had issues in the early going. Behind Geno Smith and Josh Johnson, the Giants put up 34 points in the first half on the way to a 34-14 edge after two quarters.
The low point for the Patriots on both sides of the ball came in the second quarter when cornerback Cyrus Jones went down with what appeared to be a serious right knee injury. As he ran down the right sideline in coverage on a deep ball attempt, Jones planted his right foot and his knee immediately buckled inward. He left the game, and shortly after that, the team announced he would not return.
Things got significantly better for the New England defense in the second half, as the Giants could only muster six second-half points. Meanwhile, behind Brissett’s strong performance, the Patriots rallied to cut the lead to 34-21 after three quarters and sliced it to 37-35 with just over two minutes left on a touchdown pass to Hollister. The 55-yarder from Gostkowski gave New England a brief late lead, but Rosas’ heroics ended matters.