New England Patriots quarterback Brian Hoyer celebrates a touchdown pass to Robert Ortiz against the New York Giants in the third quarter during a preseason NFL football game in Foxborough, Mass., Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009. (AP Photo/Winslow…
Updated: Friday, 04 Sep 2009, 12:53 AM EDT
Published : Friday, 04 Sep 2009, 12:52 AM EDT
FOXBORO, Mass. (WPRI/AP) - Eli Manning and David Carr passed the Giants to a 21-point first-quarter lead. Rookie quarterback Brian Hoyer brought the Patriots back for a 38-27 exhibition win Thursday night.
The rookie free agent from Michigan State helped his chances to
become Tom Brady's primary backup by throwing for one touchdown and
leading three drives that ended with BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushing
Brady and nearly all of New England's usual starters sat out the exhibition finale. Manning played just one series and Carr handled the next three for New York.
Green-Ellis made a strong case to remain part of a crowded Patriots backfield by running for touchdowns of 1 and 32 yards in the last 5:53 after the Giants had taken a 27-24 lead on Lawrence Tynes' 25-yard field goal.
The Patriots have to have their final roster of 53 players set by Saturday. Their first game of the season is Monday, September 14.