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New Eng­land’s De­mary­ius Thomas found his way into the end zone — twice.

New York Giants’ quar­ter­back Kyle Lauletta may have found him­self on the team.

Rookie Jar­rett Stid­ham bol­stered his bid to be Tom Brady’s backup by throw­ing two touch­down passes for New Eng­land be­fore the Giants scored on the fi­nal play with Lauletta throw­ing a 14-yard TD for a 31-29 vic­tory over the Pa­tri­ots on Thurs­day night.

Stid­ham, a fourth-round pick from Auburn, threw both of his TDs to Thomas - for 35 and 3 yards. He played the en­tire night and saw most of the pre­sea­son game ac­tion in a com­pe­ti­tion with Brian Hoyer if New Eng­land (3-1) de­cides to keep only two QBs. He went 18 of 28 for 225 yards against the Giants and also rushed for 50 yards.

“I think what­ever the de­ci­sion is made, what­ever my role is on the team, that’s what I’m go­ing to do,” Stid­ham said.

Com­ing off a torn left Achilles ten­don late last sea­son, Thomas signed with the Pa­tri­ots as a free agent after he was cut by Hous­ton.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve been in the end zone,” he said, break­ing into a smile.

Thomas made seven catches for 87 yards.

ELISE AMEN­DOLA/AP

Giants quar­ter­back Daniel Jones drops back to pass against the Pa­tri­ots on Thurs­day.

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