0:00 — PATRIOTS 3, GIANTS 0 (key stat: Weatherford punted six times in the half with a long of 64 yards and an average of 55.3)
1:11 — Rueben Randle back to return punts for the first time tonight, signals fair catch.
2:00 — Broha puts a good hit on Mallett for a sack. He has 1.5 on the night.
8:17 — Backup QB David Carr takes over for Manning, who finishes 4/8 for 29 yards.
*Heading into Friday’s roster cuts to 53, this final preseason game is a last chance for fringe players to leave an impression. On defense, players like Matt Broha (3 tackles 0.5 sacks), Dwayne Hendricks (4 tackles), Adewale Ojomo (1 tackle), Craig Marshall (3 tackles, 0.5 sacks), and Markus Kuhn (1 tackle) doing a good job of that so far.
8:27 — FIELD GOAL: PATRIOTS. Patriots 3, Giants 0 (drive 12 plays, 51 yards in 4:58)
15:00 – Matt Broha and Craig Marshall (starting in place of Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck, respectively) combine for a sack of Patriots QB Ryan Mallett.
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0:00 — Giants 17, Bears 13 (key stat: LB Keith Rivers leading the team with 5 tackles)
*Paid attendance announced: 76,077
6:01 — Making a mark on special teams already, Scott sees sustained action out of the backfield on offense. He capitalizes on his first rush, turning it into a 15-yard pickup. On the next play, he loses four yards on another rush, but makes them back with some shifty moves for a 12-yard catch-and-run.
6:12 — FIELD GOAL. Bears make 48-yard field goal. GIANTS 17, BEARS 3 (drive: 9 plays, 39 yards in 3:14)
11:06 — FIELD GOAL. Bears make 30-yard field goal. GIANTS 17, BEARS 10 (drive: 7 plays, 59 yards in 2:57)
*David Carr now in for Manning, who finishes 17/21, 148 yards, 1 TD.
15:00 — Giants will receive the kickoff to begin the second half.
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0:00 — Giants 16, Jets 3 (key stat: David Carr is 4/6 for 86 yards in a quarter of work)
1:52 – WR Jerrel Jernigan gets into the mix with a 19-yard catch-and run. It was his second reception of the night.
3:28 – Jets kicker Nick Folk clanks in a 30-yard field goal, bringing the score to 16-3 in favor of the Giants.
11:55 — FIELD GOAL. Lawrence Tynes makes a 40-yard kick, his third of the night (35, 30, 40). Giants 16, Jets 0 (drive: 7 plays, 58 yds, 3:08).
14:25 – Rookie WR Rueben Randle makes an impressive leaping catch down the middle of the field for a 49-yard gain from Carr.
15:00 – Backup quarterback David Carr subs in for Eli Manning.
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Many a football fan has imagined putting on a quarterback’s helmet and hearing the playcalls being relayed from the sideline to the field. The only thing, those signals haven’t always been as clear (and high-tech) as you might think.
The NFL is upgrading the old analog system of headsets to a digital network, which was tested during the preseason and Pro Bowl last year.
Now it will be rolled out in every NFL stadium permanently this season.
“I’ve had conversations that weren’t even in the stadium in my headset,” Giants backup quarterback David Carr said about the old headsets.
While each team is allowed one live helmet — designated by a green dot — the NFL expanded the use of the device for the defense in 2008. Linebackers Chase Blackburn and Mark Herzlich tested the improved system for the first time last week.
“There wasn’t any of the static in there that you got sometimes,” Blackburn said. “With the other system, the coach had to hold down a button for a second or so, and some coaches would start talking just when he held the button down and you would miss half of what he said.”
For a complete look at the improvements being made, read this article from The Associated Press.
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