New York (AP) The New England Patriots didn’t look like a team in need of a miracle on Sunday.
They were in control of the game and even took a big, emotional lead.
The Patriots led 17-3 at halftime and never looked back.
New England’s first touchdown of the night came on fourth down after quarterback Tom Brady had already completed a 31-yard pass to Rob Gronkowski.
It was a great finish to a thrilling first half for the Patriots.
The offense dominated the first half, scoring 13 unanswered points.
Brady was sacked twice on the first drive of the second half, and the Patriots’ defense held Gronkowski to just eight yards on five carries.
Brady completed a 17-yard touchdown pass to Brandon LaFell with 8:58 left in the first quarter, then followed with a 3-yarder to Julian Edelman on the next play to seal the victory.
He completed a 3rd-and-7 at the end of the third quarter.
The game was tied at 31-31.
“We had a lot of confidence going into this game,” New England coach Bill Belichick said.
“We knew that we were going to come out here and play well.
We were going out there and we did that.”
New England’s second win in three weeks gave the Patriots a 10-2 record and improved their record to 7-1 against the Patriots in the regular season.
They’re now 6-0 against the divisional-champion Dallas Cowboys.
They haven’t lost since a 35-27 win at New Orleans on Oct. 20.
New Orleans has lost three straight games to New England.
The Cowboys were the only team to come away with a win in the opening game of the season.
New York’s win is the first of back-to-back games for the Giants since the 2013 season.
The game was played at a neutral site, a facility that was not equipped to host the Super Bowl.
The Patriots, the reigning Super Bowl champions, were using the stadium for a preseason game against the New York Jets.