August 29, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) at the line during the first quarter of a preseason game against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-US PRESSWIRE

Giants Vs. Patriots 2012: Preview, Giants Win Ugly Preseason Game, 6-3

The New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots, 6-3, in their final NFL preseason game.

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Adewale Ojomo: Did Rookie Free Agent Earn Roster Spot With Giants?

Adewale Ojomo of the New York Giants barreled around right end, with New England Patriots reserve quarterback/sitting duck Brian Hoyer in his sights. Ojomo reached Hoyer, swatted at the ball with his best Osi Umenyiora impersonation and knocked the ball to the ground.

Marcus Thomas of the Giants recovered the ball and returned it to the New England 20-yard line with 2:27 to play, setting up what would become a game-winning 32-yard Lawrence Tynes field goal in the Giants' 6-3 victory on Wednesday night.

Not only did Ojomo set up the victory, saving the Giants and Patriots the aggravation of having to play overtime in a preseason game, he might have forced his way onto the season-opening 53-man roster.

Ojomo, a 6-foot-4, 270-pound undrafted free agent defensive end from Miami, finished the preseason with a team-leading four sacks. He also played impressive run defense Wednesday, getting three tackles. He finished the preseason with 10 tackles to go along with his four sacks.

"This is a first class organization …," the defensive end said of his chances of making the team. "I would love to be a part of it besides the high taxes and the high rent. Besides that I would love to be a part of this city and this team."

We won't find out until Friday is Ojomo has convinced the Giants he belongs. That is when teams have to reach the 53-man regular-season roster limit. He has, however, convinced Giants' defensive captain Justin Tuck that he belongs in the league.

"He had a great game. A great preseason. He’s talented. He’s definitely making a case to be on this football team. And if not on this one, he’s proven he can play in this league," Tuck said after Wednesday's game.

[Complete Ojomo post-game transcript]

The Giants have Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul and Umenyiora at defensive end. There is, however, an opening as fourth defensive end Dave Tollefson left for the Oakland Raiders via free agency.

Adrian Tracy, a sixth-round pick by the Giants in 2009, has been considered the leader for that spot. Undrafted free agent Matt Broha, an Craig Marshall, a member of the Giants practice squad a season ago, are also bidding for the spot.

"I’m confident in myself and confident in my abilities,'' Ojomo said. "I don’t think I’m a fluke, I think I could go out each and every week every Sunday and do what I need to do.''

We find out soon enough if the Giants will give him a chance to do it for them.


Giants-Patriots Final Score: New York Tops New England, 6-3

Lawrence Tynes kicked a 32-yard field goal with 1:03 remaining to give the New York Giants a 6-3 victory over the New England Patriots Wednesday night in the preseason finale for both teams.

The game looked like it unfortunately might be heading to overtime until Giants defensive end Adewale Ojomo sacked New England quarterback Brian Hoyer, forcing a a fumble that Marcus Thomas of the Giants recovered and returned to New England's 20-yard line with 2:27 to play.

After Tynes' field goal New England moved to the New York 40-yard line, but a deep pass by Hoyer was intercepted by New York cornerback Laron Scott with 12 seconds left to play.

Ojomo, an undrafted free agent defensive end, continued his bid for a roster spot with three tackles along with his sack and forced fumble.

Eli Manning played a little more than a quarter for the Giants, completing 4-of-8 passes for 29 yards. Backup David Carr went 11-for-18 for 136 yards.

Andre Brown carries 14 times for 55 yards for the Giants. He also caught two passes for 22 yards. Da'Rel Scott carried nine times for 32 yards and had an 18-yard reception.

Ramses Barden caught four passes for 31 yards.

Defensively, Spencer Paysinger and Dwayne Hendricks each had six tackles. Matt Broha and Craig Marshall, both dfensive ends, each registered 1.5 sacks.

The Giants open the regular season next Wednesday in the NFL Kickoff game against the Dallas Cowboys.


Giants Vs. Patriots: CB Bruce Johnson Out For Preseason Finale

The New York Giants have released its roster for Wednesday night's preseason finale against the New England Patriots, and as expected defensive ends Osi Umenyiora, Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul and linebacker Mathia Kiwanuka will not play, reports Mike Garafolo of the Star-Ledger. The only surprise was that cornerback Bruce Johnson is also out.

Here's a look at the Giants' depleted defensive depth chart (via Garafolo):



Also announced, wide receiver Hakeem Nicks will play, but that was expected as he's trying to recover from a injured foot. Earlier in the week, the 6'1, 208-pound wide out said he felt 100-percent for the contest.

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