FOXBOROUGH, MASS. - FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - If Sinorice Moss is in danger of not making the Giants' 53-man roster, at least it's a familiar position for him.

"I feel like I've been on the bubble since I've been here, honestly," the fourth-year receiver said last night. "Every time I step on the field, I try to go hard and do what I have to do to make plays and prove myself to this team."

Last night he showed he is capable of making those plays . . . for the Giants or any other NFL team. A week after he was essentially benched in a preseason loss to the Jets, Moss caught two touchdown passes in the first quarter of a 38-27 loss to the Patriots.

It was the preseason finale and, perhaps, the last chance for Moss to make his case as a Giant.

Did he prove anything with that showing?


"I really wish I did," he said. "I wish I did prove that when my number is called, I'm able to go out there and make plays."

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Moss capped the opening drive with a 23-yard TD reception, making an over-the-shoulder catch down the left sideline on a pass from Eli Manning. On the next series, he caught a 12-yarder on a play in which David Carr rolled right. Both times Moss beat the coverage of Pat Chung, a rookie backup safety.

Moss also returned the opening kickoff from four yards deep in the end zone for 31 yards. He played into the fourth quarter (when he dropped a pass from Andre Woodson) after sitting out until late in the second half against the Jets.

This week, besides questioning his lack of reps on Saturday, Moss also bemoaned his reputation as a "practice player," a Monday-through-Saturday star.

"It's about getting an opportunity in a game and showing it," he said. "I can go out there and catch five or 10 passes a day [in practice]. But I feel like it would be a lot better if I would be able to do it in a game.

"That," he said, "is a very, very big thing for me."

The Giants were nearly perfect in the first quarter. The offense scored 21 points on its first 12 plays, ending the third drive with a 64-yard pass-and-run from Carr to rookie Hakeem Nicks. Manning also hit Kevin Boss for two passes that totaled 53 yards and Carr threw a 38-yarder to Domenik Hixon. But the Patriots were playing with 10 of their 11 starting defenders on the bench.

The starting defense did not allow a first down and roughed up quarterback Brian Hoyer. Terrell Thomas and Justin Tuck each had a sack and the Patriots had three yards in their first three possessions. A Super Bowl preview this wasn't. At least not in terms of personnel.

Notes & quotes: A couple of scary injuries were defused. X-rays on the neck of CB Thomas were negative - he said he could have returned to play - and Nicks said the hip flexor injury that took him out of the game was just soreness and will not slow him . . . LB Antonio Pierce (foot) started and played the first two series after missing the previous two preseason games.