FOXBORO, Mass. (WPRI/AP) - Eli Manning and David Carr passed the Giants to a 21-pointfirst-quarter lead. Rookie quarterback Brian Hoyer brought thePatriots back for a 38-27 exhibition win Thursday night.
The rookie free agent from Michigan State helped his chances tobecome Tom Brady's primary backup by throwing for one touchdown andleading three drives that ended with BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushing
Brady and nearly all of New England's usual starters sat out theexhibition finale. Manning played just one series and Carr handledthe next three for New York.
Green-Ellis made a strong case to remain part of a crowdedPatriots backfield by running for touchdowns of 1 and 32 yards inthe last 5:53 after the Giants had taken a 27-24 lead on LawrenceTynes' 25-yard field goal.
The Patriots have to have their final roster of 53 players setby Saturday. Their first game of the season is Monday, September14.
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