Brady's playing time in preseason finale

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Sometimes looking at past results can help predict the future.

So when considering how the Patriots might approach the preseason finale against the Giants on Thursday in terms of top players on offense, let's look at Tom Brady's playing-time in the preseason finale since he became a starter (2002-present):

2002: Starts, 3 series, 7 of 10 for 59 yards

2003: Starts, 2 series, 8 of 10 for 63 yards, TD

2004: Doesn't play (Rohan Davey starts)

2005: Doesn't play (Doug Flutie starts)

2006: Doesn't play (Matt Cassel starts)

2007: Doesn't play (Matt Cassel starts)

2008: Doesn't play (Matt Cassel starts)

2009: Doesn't play (Brian Hoyer starts)

2010: Starts, 2 series, 4 of 8 for 51 yards, TD, INT

2011: Starts, 4 series*, 5 of 9 for 116 yards

2012: Doesn't play (Ryan Mallett starts)

* First series consisted of one play, with ball at Giants' 1-yard line after turnover