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Giants topple Patriots, 18-17

POSTED September 1, 2011 11:21 p.m.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Rookie Da’Rel Scott ran a fake punt 65 yards for a touchdown and Derrick Martin returned a fumble 11 yards for a score as the New York Giants rallied for 15 points in the fourth quarter and beat New England 18-17 on Thursday night in the preseason finale for both teams.
The Giants rested their starters and New England’s first string played just long enough to take a 17-3 lead on the first play of the second quarter.
David Carr, battling Sage Rosenfels for the backup job behind Eli Manning, completed 13 of 21 passes for 116 yards with an interception. The Giants (2-2) turned the ball over three times.
Tom Brady passed for 116 yards in the first quarter and BenJarvus Green-Ellis scored twice on 1-yard runs for the Patriots (2-2).

Dolphins 17, Cowboys 3
MIAMI — Larry Johnson scored on a 22-yard touchdown run and Matt Moore threw for another score to help Miami.
The Cowboys (2-2) designated 31 of their 80 players as inactive, while the Dolphins (3-1) had 21 inactive players. Three starters were active for each team.
Johnson, a two-time Pro Bowl selection who signed with the Dolphins last week after sitting out most of last season, rushed for 39 yards on 10 carries.
Moore, another newcomer, went 9 for 11 for 142 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown pass to third-string tight end Jeron Mastrud.
Dallas third-string quarterback Stephen McGee went 21 for 25 for 233 yards.

Rams 24, Jaguars 17
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Sam Bradford completed 7 of 11 passes for 133 yards and a touchdown for St. Louis (4-0), which finished the preseason with a perfect record for the first time since 1979.
David Garrard was hit repeatedly in two series and appeared to be pleading with his offensive linemen for protection on the sideline. Garrard completed 1 of 5 passes for 11 yards before turning things over to Luke McCown, who passed rookie Blaine Gabbert on the depth chart of the Jaguars (1-3) this week.
McCown completed 4 of 9 passes for 47 yards, including a 17-yard TD pass to rookie Cecil Shorts in the third quarter.

Eagles 24, Jets 14
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. —Vince Young led Philadelphia on two scoring drives before leaving with a hamstring injury.
Young started for Michael Vick, who signed his six-year deal that included about $40 million guaranteed on Tuesday. He was 15 of 23 for 193 yards and a touchdown, but was hurt when he rolled out on a fourth-down play against the Jets (2-2) just before halftime.
The severity of the injury wasn’t immediately known.
Mike Kafka replaced Young to start the third quarter for the Eagles (3-1), and went 7 of 11 for 76 yards and an interception.
The Jets saw their backup quarterback go down as rookie Greg McElroy, starting for Mark Sanchez, left after injuring his right thumb in the second quarter. Drew Willy, an undrafted free agent, came in and connected with Scotty McKnight — a seventh-round pick and Sanchez’s childhood friend — on his first play of the game for a 14-yard touchdown for the Jets.

Lions 16, Bills 6
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.  — Running back Jerome Harrison helped Detroit cap a perfect preseason. The last time the Lions went 4-0 in the preseason, they became the NFL’s first team to lose all 16 regular season games in 2008.
Harrison, a six-year NFL veteran, ran for 72 yards and set up the Lions’ two first-half scoring drives.
The Bills (1-3) got a solid outing from linebacker Shawne Merriman, who had three tackles in two series. It was Merriman’s first game since missing the past two with a groin injury.
Down 16-0, the Bills’ Bruce Hall scored on a 1-yard plunge with 4:05 left, but Buffalo failed on 2-point conversion when Craig Davis bobbled Levi Brown’s pass in the end zone.

Colts 17, Bengals 13
CINCINNATI — Kerry Collins, signed by Indianapolis last week, played most of the first half and went 5 of 10 for 45 yards with a fumble. The Colts (1-3) managed only 36 total yards in the half.
Dan Orlovsky’s 7-yard touchdown pass with 1:08 to go gave the Colts their first preseason win in two years.
Rookie quarterback Andy Dalton played only two series and was on-target with his assortment of short throws. On the second series, he led the Bengals (1-3) from their 20-yard line to the Indianapolis 9, where rookie A.J. Green fumbled after a catch.
Dalton was 6 of 9 for 43 yards, his longest completion a 20-yarder.

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