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Patriots and Giants scoreless at the half

Jake Ballard, Rob Ninkovich AP

It seems the Patriots and Giants were watching the LSU-Alabama game on Saturday night and found themselves so impressed that they decided to do an homage during Sunday afternoon’s game in Foxborough.

The score is 0-0 after 30 minutes with the game’s one scoring chance falling by the wayside when Stephen Gostkowski missed a 27-yard field goal wide left with three seconds to play in the half. This is the first game without any first half points this season, which is pretty surprising given the participants.

We figured the Giants offense would struggle with Ahmad Bradshaw, Hakeem Nicks and David Baas all out of the game, but even with all the injuries you would have thought Eli Manning would make some plays against a shaky Pats secondary. No such luck. Manning is 8-of-18 for 71 yards and the Giants have gained 117 yards overall.

The Patriots have done a bit better, 188 yards, but they have also looked out of sync for most of the game. Gostkowski’s miss blew one good drive, Tom Brady threw a pick on another trip into Giants territory and they’ve converted on just two of their seven third down tries. It’s the first time they’ve been shut out in a first half since 2006. Patriots owner Robert Kraft was at Saturday’s 9-6 LSU win, so perhaps he’s to blame for the total absence of points in this contest.

The MVP so far is Giants punter Steve Weatherford. He’s dropped five punts inside the 20, making himself a contender for this week’s honors as Special Teams Player of the Week and winning the prize for least likely standout player in Week Nine of this season.

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9 Responses to “Patriots and Giants scoreless at the half”
  1. descendency says: Nov 6, 2011 5:48 PM

    Positives from the game: The defense played extremely well.

    Negatives from the game: The offense is sputtering.

    And that sums up both teams.

  2. jdandcoke says: Nov 6, 2011 5:52 PM

    my giants dont deserve to win this game. i dont care who is out, there is no way they shut be getting shut out by the pats defense.

  3. tfbuckfutter says: Nov 6, 2011 6:52 PM

    Ochocinco Johnson and Julian “Badtouch” Edelman better both be unemployed tomorrow.

  4. greendreams6 says: Nov 6, 2011 6:56 PM

    Chad Johnson/OchoStinko is terrible. Why arent sports media outlets ripping the Pats awful signing of this guy? Oh thats right- its the Patriots and they are the darlings of the NFL. Anything Beli does is gold. Any other team wouldve been devoured already by all you sports scribes.

  5. ny82jy says: Nov 6, 2011 7:35 PM

    Def no giants fan here but eli officially owns the pats

  6. rcampore says: Nov 6, 2011 7:41 PM

    jdandcoke says: Nov 6, 2011 5:52 PM

    my giants dont deserve to win this game. i dont care who is out, there is no way they shut be getting shut out by the pats defense.
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    What kind of fan are you?? I mean I don’t always have super confidence in them to come back, but I never would say they don’t deserve to win. The Pats are a tough team no matter how bad their defense might look to be. I mean this year any team can beat any team. Just look at some of the games played. If you are a fan, then I think the Giants don’t want you.

  7. rexismybff says: Nov 6, 2011 7:43 PM

    And who is on top in the division? 3-way tie with the Pats having to go to the Meadowlands this weekend?

    Ah, life is good sometimes.

  8. NakedCowboy! says: Nov 6, 2011 7:50 PM

    awful coverage by pats secondary in 4th quarter again…

    Giants D is (spl passing) is really really good…
    Ppl are picking detroit as the game where Gb can loose. I think Giants have the best shor of defeating GB with a very good pass defense…

    brady missed a lot of throws today…
    ocho… come on man!

  9. gcsuk says: Nov 6, 2011 7:51 PM

    jdandcoke says:
    Nov 6, 2011 5:52 PM
    my giants dont deserve to win this game. i dont care who is out, there is no way they shut be getting shut out by the pats defense.
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    Feel free to jump off the bandwagon. You have to realize that the defense, which has had more than their share of problems this year, has ALSO shut out the Patriots in the first half.

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