The best playing of the evening took place about 30 minutes before kickoff when the Patriots took on the Giants in the final preseason game at the Meadowlands.
If you missed the pregame highlights, you missed the best part of the evening's fun.
Tom Brady in sweats and his fellows Deion Branch and the tight ends, Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski, offered their own light-hearted game near the endzone.
Because they were not playing, they had a few extra moments to loosen up after those playing for their professional lives were in pregame warmups.
Teaming off for Tom Foolery, Brady and Branch took on Gronk and Hernandez, two on two. Brady as a wide receiver danced circles around the defensive Gronk.
Brady was as nimble as Rudolf Nureyev doing a pirouette, showing off his dance steps to the self-styled dance-master Gronkowski who fancies himself as a future candidate for Dancing with the Stars.
All the Gronk could do is indicate that Brady ran out of bounds because there was no way he was going to tag his QB.
Later, Brady spent the first quarter looking over Josh McDaniels' shoulder like a backseat driver.
The evening of loose relaxation for the non-players continued.
Most of the third period Brady and Hernandez huddled for a long and intense chat.
Gronk had picked his QB and sat with his nemesis of the Twitterworld, Ryan Mallett after he came out of the game. We expect some dynamic tweets from these two this season.
For the varsity, the game was an afterthought. Coach Belichick was assessing talent for the next big cut.
When Brady, Gronk, Branch, and Hernandez, are in 'lite mode', you know they've made the team this season.