Patriots Finally Beat Giants, Improve to 9-0
By Peter Santo and Ian Rendell
Editor-In-Chief and Contributing Writer
The Patriots and the Giants had yet another epic showdown in the Meadowlands last night. However this time it ended in a 27-26 victory for the Patriots on a 54-yard winning field goal by none other than Stephen Gostkowski.
With the game winning kick, Gostkowski passed Adam Vinatieri to become the all-time leader for field goals in Patriots history.
The game was relatively even throughout and left the Patriot fan base with the familiar ‘anything can happen’ feeling. Sure enough, in the second half the refs caught hold of the game and it slowly shifted the Giants’ way, with some questionable calls, some non calls, and a terrible pass interference call on Malcolm Butler when the game was coming down to the wire.
Odell Beckham Jr. was a force as always, but Malcolm Butler has really stepped up as the #1 CB on the roster, and it showed as he was relentless all night with the exception of the one long touchdown that he let up on the first play from scrimmage.
As the game came down to the end, Danny Amendola really brought his A-game and was able to fill in for Julian Edelman, who left the game with a broken foot.
The offense clearly struggled without Edelman, but no one lost faith in Brady, or the team, for one minute.
The game had pretty much gone the Giants way most of the afternoon, but that changed with the 82 yard punt return by Amendola. The Patriots punched it into the end zone and were able to get back in the game on that drive. Late in the fourth, following a Giants field goal, Amendola again came up huge, catching a pass across the middle on 4th and 10 to setup the game winning field goal.
Amendola’s strong play was noted by quarterback Tom Brady saying, “He [Amendola] always comes up big when we need him.”
“The guys really stepped in when Julian got hurt. It was a real team effort,” added Brady.
After his long game-winner, Gostkowski came out and told the media that he “has one job to do, and if I let one thing get me off focus, I could miss it”, but he didn’t. The best kicker in the league knocked it straight through the uprights to preserve the undefeated season.
The Patriots were able to pull off another nail-biter with the Giants, and it proved to be the season’s toughest game to date. Despite the fact that their opponent was 5-4 at the time, the Giants always prove to be a very hard team to beat no matter how great the Patriots are, or how bad the Giants are.