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New England 26, NY Giants 6

Aug. 7, 2003 at 11:41 PM   |   Comments

FOXBORO, Mass., Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Adam Vinatieri kicked four field goals and rookie Dan Klecko made a solid debut Thursday night as New England routed the New York Giants, 26-6.

One of the NFL's most consistent kickers, Vinatieri converted field goals of 25 and 39 yards in the first half, helping the Patriots to a 13-6 lead in the opening exhibition game for both teams. He connected from 24 and 46 yards in the fourth quarter.

Klecko, a fourth-round draft pick out of Temple, was a defensive force while playing both tackle and end in the second half. He recorded 2 1/2 sacks and finished with six tackles.

Klecko, the Big East Defensive Player of the Year last season, is the son of Joe Klecko, who made a name for himself as a defensive tackle on the New York Jets "Sack Exchange" teams of the 1980s.

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