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Jimmy Garoppolo has earned Patriots’ backup job

Garoppolo, who played all of Thursday’s game, has played well enough to win the No. 2 job, and Ryan Mallett’s roster spot would be better used elsewhere.

The Patriots wrapped their preseason with an away game against the Giants at MetLife Stadium on Thursday.

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The Patriots wrapped their preseason with an away game against the Giants at MetLife Stadium on Thursday.

Aaron Dobson scored the first touchdown of the game in the second quarter.

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Aaron Dobson scored the first touchdown of the game in the second quarter.

Nate Ebner brought down the Giants' Andre Williams inside the 10-yard line.

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Nate Ebner brought down the Giants' Andre Williams inside the 10-yard line.

Peyton Hillis scored despite the Patriots' efforts in the first half.

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Peyton Hillis scored despite the Patriots' efforts in the first half.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick reacted to the action.

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Patriots coach Bill Belichick reacted to the action.

The Patriots and the Giants struggled for dominance throughout the second half.

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The Patriots and the Giants struggled for dominance throughout the second half.

The Patriots ended the preseason with a 16-13 loss to the Giants.

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The Patriots ended the preseason with a 16-13 loss to the Giants.

The Giants congratulated Peyton Hillis after he scored a touchdown against the Patriots.

Giants 16, Patriots 13

Patriots fall to Giants in preseason finale

The Giants nailed the game-winning field goal in the final minute as the teams prepare to make their cuts now.

Patriots notebook

Tim Wright impressive in Patriots debut

The tight end, acquired as part of the Logan Mankins trade, started and played about half of the snaps and had 4 catches Thursday.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell outlined a new domestic violence policy in a letter Thursday to team owners. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Notes: NFL increases bans for domestic violence

“I didn’t get it right,” Roger Goodell said of his controversial 2-game ban of Ray Rice earlier this summer.

Logan Mankins tested out his new colors on Thursday.

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Logan Mankins not shocked by trade to Tampa

The guard said he and the Patriots had talks about a contract renegotiation, but the sides couldn’t find “common ground.”

BEN VOLIN | ON FOOTBALL

Patriots just aren’t sentimental

Despite Logan Mankins’s stature and accomplishments, Bill Belichick wanted to trade him too soon rather than too late.

PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK

Patriots cut six players to pare roster to 75

Jemea Thomas, Ben Bass, Derrick Johnson, Wilson Van Hooser and Deontae Skinner were among the cuts.

NFL’s best games of 2014

What games on this year’s NFL calendar are worth rearranging your schedule for? Here’s a look at some of the best.

Meet new Patriots tight end Tim Wright

The player New England acquired in the Logan Mankins trade played all 16 games for Tampa Bay last season.

Patriots preseason schedule

Scores: NFL scoreboard
Aug. 7: Washington 23, New England 6
Aug. 15: New England 42, Philadelphia 35
Aug. 22: New England 30, Carolina 7
Aug. 28: New England at NY Giants, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 7: Regular season begins - New England at Miami, 1 p.m.
More: Patriots' current roster | Recent transactions

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INTERACTIVE DATABASE

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Look back on the Boston Globe’s coverage of every game the Patriots have played since Bill Belichick became the head coach in 2000.

Past seasons

2013 season recap

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Track the high and low points of the Patriots’ 2013 season before their eventual loss to the Broncos in the AFC title game.

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Super Bowl XLVI

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Look back at complete coverage of the Patriots' loss loss to the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI.