Late strike


Late strike

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'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.


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 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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It's official: Patriots nab third-round compensatory pick in Collins trade


It's official: Patriots nab third-round compensatory pick in Collins trade

The Patriots received a conditional fourth-round pick in 2018 from the Browns in return for Jamie Collins. That's how the trade was described on the league's transaction wire. 

The "condition" of that fourth-rounder? Well, if the Browns received a third-round compensatory pick in 2017, the Patriots would nab that pick instead. 

On Friday, the NFL announced that the Browns had in fact been awarded a third-round compensatory pick, which meant that almost three full weeks after Super Bowl LI, everything was still coming up Patriots.

In actuality, the odds were pretty good all along that the Patriots would get what they got

Cleveland lost Pro Bowl center Alex Mack in free agency last offseason when he opted to sign with the Falcons. Because compensatory picks are based on free agents lost and free agents acquired, and because the Browns did not sign any similarly-impactful free agents, there was a good chance Mack's departure would render a third-round comp pick that would be shipped to New England.

Had Mack suffered a significant injury that forced his play to drop off or limited his time on the field, a third-rounder may have been out of the question, but he played well (named a Pro Bowler and a Second Team All-Pro) and stayed healthy -- lucky for the Patriots -- missing just 17 total snaps in the regular season. 

The Browns comp pick that will be sent to New England is No. 103 overall. The Patriots were also awarded a fifth-round comp pick, No. 185 overall. That was a result of the league weighing the departures of Akiem Hicks and Tavon Wilson against the arrival of Shea McClellin.

The Patriots now have nine selections in this year's draft: One first-rounder; one second-rounder; two third-rounders; one fourth-rounder*; two fifth-rounders; two seventh-rounders.

The third-round compensatory pick acquired by the Patriots carries additional value this year in that it is the first year in which compensatory picks can be traded. A near top-100 overall selection may allow the Patriots to move up the draft board or build assets in the middle rounds should they be inclined to deal. And we know they oftentimes are. 

* The Patriots forfeited their highest fourth-round selection in this year's draft as part of their Deflategate punishment. They acquired a fourth-round pick from the Seahawks last year. Because that would have been the higher of their two selections, that's the one they'll lose. They will make their own fourth-round pick at No. 137 overall.

Gronkowski says he has 'no doubt' he'll be ready for start of next season

Gronkowski says he has 'no doubt' he'll be ready for start of next season

When it comes to projecting Rob Gronkowski's health, it's been best to steer clear of absolutes. There have been too many injuries, too many surgeries, to predict exactly how he'll feel months in advance. 

Still, in speaking with ESPN's Cari Champion recently, he said he had "no doubt" he'll be ready for Week 1 of the 2017 regular season. 

"Yes, for sure," he replied when asked if he expected to be good to go. 

Gronkowski also fielded a question about his long-term future in the sit-down. Lately it's been his coach Bill Belichick and his quarterback Tom  Brady who receiver all the life-after-football queries, but Gronkowski, 27, was asked how much longer he'd like to play. 

"I’m not really sure," he said. "I mean, I still love playing the game, and as of right now, I want to play as long as I possibly could play. My mindset is to keep on going."

Gronkowski landed on season-ending injured reserve in December after undergoing a procedure on his back -- his third back surgery since 2009. He's had nine reported surgeries -- including procedures on his knee, forearm and ankle -- since his final year at the University of Arizona.