FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Stevie Brown woke up on Thursday morning, looked at his team-provided schedule, saw the big NY at the top and had one thought.

"This feels right," he said.

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The recently re-signed safety saw his first action for the Giants in the second half of the preseason finale against the Patriots Thursday night, and he even came away with a souvenir. He intercepted a tipped pass in the fourth quarter, helping his team preserve its 12-9 victory.

"I wanted to come out and my main thing was to make sure I got all the checks right after coming in on Monday," Brown said. "I wanted to make sure I knew the defense and everything. But being able to make a play doesn't hurt, either."

Brown said new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo's defense is "completely different" from the one he played with the Giants last season. As such, his return has not been as seamless as these kinds of reunions sometimes are.

But still, there was that familiarity. With the team, with his position coach, with Tom Coughlin's schedule. And with the uniform.

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Said Brown, "It didn't feel like I missed a beat at all."