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First half highlights and notes as the New England Patriots and the New York Giants are tied at six in the preseason finale.

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First half highlights and notes as the New England Patriots and the New York Giants are tied at six in the preseason finale.

1st quarter

Jimmy Garoppolo received the veteran treatment, with roster longshot Ryan Lindley getting the start, and quickly generating a three and out.

Veteran receiver Reggie Wayne received the start - likely to get more acclimated to the Patriots' system. Interestingly, LeGarrette Blount also received the start (and began with a 5 yard loss).

On defense, veterans to get the start included Alan Branch and Logan Ryan. The Giants also began with a mix of reserves and starters in the game - notably Ryan Nassib starting at quarterback in place of Eli Manning.

After a stop due to some nice pass rushes from Rufus Johnson and Trey Flowers, the Patriots had another three and out. On a positive note, Ryan Lindley did have a completion on this drive. Yay.

On the punt, however, the ball bounced off a Giants player and the Patriots recovered the football. However, it was ruled Giants football on the field, and then inexplicably Giants football after a challenge. After a pair of penalties, the Giants would put 3 points on the board.

2nd Quarter

The Giants got things going midway through the second quarter with a long completion down the sideline from Nassib to Geremy Davis. Dax Swanson fell down in coverage. The Giants would eventually settle for a second field goal to bring the score to 6-0.

You want a Patriots highlight? Trey Flowers continued to play some good football:

So there's that.

Ryan Wendell did get some game action in, which was good to see.

A little over midway through the quarter, the Patriots did finally put three points on the board, due to this big completion from Ryan Lindley to Aaron Dobson:

Lindley would then barely miss on a long ball to Dobson in the end zone. However, a LeGarrette Blount 12-yard catch and run would set the Patriots up for the field goal to cut the deficit back to three.

After a quick stop defensively, the Patriots put up another quick three to tie the game at halftime thanks in part to this great catch down the seam by Asante Cleveland.

And now, we have just 30 more minutes to go of preseason football.