Eli Manning and Davis Webb were held out so fourth-round pick Kyle Lauletta got the start. Lauletta didn’t have much to work with as the team’s best players didn’t see action Thursday night and it showed.
He was inconsistent in his only real action of the preseason, completing only eight of his 19 passing attempts for 118 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions. The first pick occurred he tried to hit Kalif Raymond deep and was picked off by J.C. Jackson late in the first quarter. Jackson also picked off Lauletta in the first series of the second half when he tried to connect with Roger Lewis.
It wasn’t all doom and gloom for Lauletta though. He hooked up with Amba Etta-Tawo for a 41-yard touchdown to take the lead after Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 33-yard field goal for the game’s first score.
The Giants defense faced former LSU quarterback Danny Etling as both Tom Brady and Brian Hoyer didn’t play. Etling played the entire game, going 18-of-32 for 157 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions.
Both of Etling’s picks came by way of Donte Deayon. The undersized corner’s first interception stalled an 11-play, 45-yard drive at the Giants 6. Deayon’s second pick came near the end of the first half when he intercepted a pass intended for Devin Lucien and returned it 33 yards.
The highlight of the game occurred after the Patriots defense stalled a 17-play, 85-yard Giants drive late in the fourth quarter. With the Patriots holding a 10-6 lead, Etling iced the game with an 86-yard touchdown scamper that made a mockery of the Giants defense. Etling, who ran for 113 yards on seven carries, got an actual smile and handshake out of the normally stoic Bill Belichick.
The Giants finished 2-2 in their first preseason under head coach Pat Shurmur, who was very matter-of-fact in assessing his team.
“I thought the guys played hard but we didn’t make enough plays in the end to win the game,” Shurmur said.
The Giants now shift their attention to the regular season. They open against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sept. 9 at MetLife Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 PM EDT.
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