NFL Preseason Capsules
August 30, 2012
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – Lawrence Tynes kicked a 32-yard field goal with 1:03 to play and the New York Giants defeated New England 6-3 on Wednesday night in the preseason finale for the teams that met in the Super Bowl in early February.
This one was hardly as interesting as the title game, but the Giants (2-2) once again scored late to win. Adewale Ojomo set up the game-winning score with a sack and forced fumble against Brian Hoyer that Marcus Thomas returned 12 yards to set up Tynes’ second field goal of the half.
Steve Gostkowski kicked a 20-yard field goal in the second quarter for the Patriots (1-3), who rested almost every starter.
The Giants iced the game with 13 seconds to play on an interception by Laron Scott
Eli Manning and the majority of the Giants’ starters played just over a quarter, with receiver Hakeem Nicks making his preseason debut. New England rested their starters with only fullback Eric Kettani and defensive tackle Brandon Deaderick starting.
.REDSKINS 30, BUCCANEERS 3
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LANDOVER, Md. (AP) – Billy Cundiff made three of four field goal attempts – and was booed for the one he missed – making him the only first-stringer to do something noteworthy in Wasington’s win over Tampa Bay.
Cundiff, signed Tuesday after the Redskins cut Graham Gano, converted from 39, 27 and 22 yards and got some grief from the crowd when he sliced one wide right from 46. The 2010 All-Pro joined Washington just two days after being released by Baltimore.
Roy Helu Jr. and Evan Royster, who both might have a shot as the Redskins’ starting running back job because of injuries, accounted for all three Washington touchdowns. Helu ran for 90 yards and two scores after missing two games with sore Achilles, while Royster ran for 44 yards and a TD after missing last week’s game with a sore right knee.
Fourth-round draft pick Kirk Cousins played into the third quarter for Washington and was 15 of 27 for 222 yards and an interception.
Brett Ratliff, third on the depth chart, played the entire game for the Buccaneers and was sacked five times. He completed 14 of 30 for 164 yards and three interceptions.
COWBOYS 30, DOLPHINS 13
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Orie Lemon returned an interception 26 yards for a touchdown and No. 3 running back Phillip Tanner had a 1-yard score for Dallas.
A week before playing in the NFL’s kickoff game against the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants, the Cowboys (3-1) kept quarterback Tony Romo and most of their front-line starters on the sideline.
Rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill, the first-round draft pick from Texas A&M already tabbed Miami’s starter, was 5-of-7 passing for 35 yards playing the first two series. The Dolphins led 3-0 when he was done.
Miami (0-4) finished its preseason winless under new coach Joe Philbin. The season opener is Sept. 9 at Houston.
Undrafted rookie running back Lance Dunbar had 15 carries for 105 yards, including a 58-yard TD run, for Dallas in the third quarter. Tanner finished with nine carries for 48 yards.