Late strike

Late strike
November 6, 2011, 1:31 pm
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NEW YORK GIANTS (5-2) at NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (5-2)Gillette Stadium, Foxboro

Up-to-the-minute information -- play by play, stats, scoring summaries and more -- when the game begins from CSNNE.com's In-Game Live tracker.

The facts and figures for today's game:

KICKOFF: 4:15 p.m.

WEATHER: Clear, high around 54 at kickoff, dipping into the mid to low 40s by game's end. Winds out of the southwest at between 5-10 mph. Click here for NECN's complete weather forecast.

NETWORK TELEVISION COVERAGE: FOX

TV ANNOUNCERS: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver

RADIO COVERAGE: 98.5 The Sports Hub, the flagship for the 37-station Patriots Radio Network.

RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Gil Santos, Gino Cappelletti, Scott Zolak

COMCAST SPORTSNET COVERAGE

CSNNE.com: Tom E. Curran, Mary Paoletti, Art Martone, Danny Picard

CSN TELEVISION: Mike Giardi, Kevin Walsh

SPORTS SUNDAY (7:30 P.M. SUNDAY): Michael Felger, Troy Brown, Ty Law

CLOSE CALLS: At home against the Dolphins a week ago, the Giants trailed for much of the game, but pulled out a 20-17 win on a 25-yard TD pass from Eli Manning to Victor Cruz with 5:58 remaining. Manning threw for 349 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and the Giants did not commit a turnover for the second game in succession. The game was the fifth straight for the Giants -- and sixth of their seven in 2011 -- in which the score was within seven points at some point during the fourth quarter.

NO OFFENSE: Last week in Pittsburgh, the Patriots suffered through a second successive subpar offensive outing and lost to the Steelers, 25-17. The Pats' 213 total yards equaled their third-lowest output since 2005, as they managed only 20:38 total time of possession. Tom Brady threw two TD passes, but was held to season lows of 198 yards and 5.66 yards per attempt.

TOUGH TO LIVE UP TO: The Giants and Patriots last met for two memorable games in the 2007 season. The Patriots secured a perfect 16-0 regular season by beating the Giants in Week 17, 38-35, as Tom Brady (50 TD passes) and Randy Moss (23 TD receptions) established single-season NFL records. The G-Men turned the tables with a shocking 17-14 upset of the Pats in Super Bowl XLII, as Eli Manning threw a game-winning 13-yard TD pass to Plaxico Burress with 35 seconds remaining. The Giants' game-winning drive covered 83 yards and featured David Tyree's 32-yard reception that moved the ball to NE territory

ELI'S COMING: Eli Manning is on pace for career highs in completion percentage (64.7), yards per attempt (8.83), yards per game (303.9) and passer rating (102.1). Manning has been intercepted just once in 95 passes on the road, after throwing 16 picks in eight road games in 2010.

SLOWING DOWN: After averaging 148.0 receiving yards per game in the Pats' first five contests, Wes Welker totaled only 84 yards in New England's last two games. Welker had 17 catches of 15 yards or more in the first five games, but had no catch longer than 13 yards in games No. 6 and 7.

TWO OF THE BEST: Tom Brady (104.4) and Eli Manning (102.1) rank second and third, respectively, in passer rating in 2011. They are two of four quarterbacks in the league averaging at least passing 300 yards per game. Including postseason, Brady ranks second among quarterbacks with 73 wins since 2005, while Manning is fourth in that span with 68 victories.

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