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Giants–Jets rivalry

New York Giants–New York Jets
Teams New York Giants and New York Jets
First contested November 1, 1970
NYG 22, NYJ 10
Most recent meeting December 24, 2011
NYG 29, NYJ 14
Next meeting 2015 (regular season)
Number of meetings 12 meetings[1]
All-time series Giants lead 8-4-0
Largest victory NYJ 26, NYG 7 (1981)
Current win streak Giants 5 wins

The New York Giants–Jets rivalry is between American football teams the New York Giants and New York Jets. Since 1995 it has been the only intracity rivalry in the NFL, and since 1984 both have been the only teams in the league to share a stadium at the same time.1 Thus, a Giants–Jets game can be referred to as "the shortest road trip in the league".[2] As the teams play in different conferences, the two teams only meet during the regular season every four years when the AFC East play the NFC East, in addition to annual preseason matchups. The only other way the two teams would meet would be the Super Bowl.


The New York Jets previously maintained a very tense rivalry with their in-town counterparts, the New York Giants, a rivalry that has since diminished due to the infrequency with which the teams meet in the regular season.[3] Its origins can be traced back to the formation of the American Football League in 1960, as a rival to the more established NFL. The upstart league decided to directly compete with the NFL's Giants, and granted a charter franchise to Harry Wismer, who proclaimed that New York was ready for another professional football team.[4] Like the AFL and the NFL, their respective teams in New York fought for publicity, attention and fans. Since the two teams play each other so infrequently in the regular season, some, including players on both teams, have questioned whether the Giants and Jets have a real rivalry.[5][6][7][8]

First preseason games

However, the Jets and Giants did not actually play each other until a preseason game at the Yale Bowl in New Haven, Connecticut, on August 17, 1969, in the lead up to the AFL-NFL merger. The game was viewed as a "turf war" by both opponents.[3] The Giants, considered a mediocre team at the time, were regarded as underdogs and were under much scrutiny by the media and their fans. The Jets on the other hand were coming off a win in Super Bowl III as the first AFL team to win an AFL-NFL Championship Game.[3] Ultimately, the Jets won 37–14,[9] resulting in the firing of Giants coach Allie Sherman.[3] The teams have played in the preseason annually since.[10][11]

Though the annual preseason game still served as a mild opportunity for bragging rights, the fervor of the rivalry had begun to fade by 1979.[12] It weakened even further in 1990, when the Jets fired Joe Walton, a former player and coach for the Giants who had other former Giants on his staff.[11] Another reason is that because the Jets and the Giants are in different conferences, they have only met in the regular season 11 times since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.[1] Under the league's current scheduling formula, in use since 2002, the two New York teams only met every four years, and can only meet in the postseason if they both advance to the Super Bowl.

Jets Join Giants in same stadium

When the Jets left Shea Stadium and moved to Giants Stadium for the 1984 NFL season, many Jets fans hoped the name would be changed, however the Giants, who had the authority to approve the change, refused.[13] Many Jets refused to refer to the stadium by its official name, instead calling it "The Meadowlands".[14] The naming of the stadium has played a role in the rivalry, as the Giants overshadowed the Jets.[15]

Critical games

The Jets met the Giants in 1988 during the final game of the regular season.[16] The Jets, with a 7–7–1 record, had little to lose as their hopes for playoff contention had vanished.[16] The Giants, however, were contending for a playoff spot and a victory would have secured their spot and their division title.[16] Although the six point favorites,[16] the Giants were unable to overcome the Jets defense which saw the Jets sack quarterback Phil Simms eight times.[17] With the Jets's victory and victories by the Rams and Eagles, the Giants were eliminated from playoff contention and the Jets gained what many considered respect.[17][18]

Over the twenty six years since the Jets were accepted into their NFC counterpart's homefield; Giants Stadium; the unexpected and time-tested partnership of both teams have only gotten stronger in spite of the big sibling rivalry,[19] resulting in both teams now sharing MetLife Stadium, a joint-venture in which the two franchises own a fifty percent share.[3][20] As part of the naming rights agreement, the preseason matchup between the Giants and Jets has been renamed the "MetLife Bowl/Snoopy Bowl".[21][22]

Super Bowl Wins by Giants in 2008 and 2012

During the victory parade for the Giants, celebrating their win in Super Bowl XLII over the Jets division rivals, the New England Patriots, New Jersey government officials took jabs. State Senate President Richard J. Codey took a jab at the Patriots when he referred to their videotaping scandal at Giants Stadium against the Jets in September. "If the Patriots were here today, they could film all they want," Codey said.[23]

Jets coach Rex Ryan made an effort to fuel the flames of the rivalry. The 2011 season matchup was hyped up by trash talking from both teams including comments by Ryan.[24][25] Just before their December 24, 2011 meeting, the "host" Jets covered up the "visiting" Giants' Super Bowl logos in front of their locker room, angering Giants players.[26] After the Giants defeated the Jets 29-14, Giants running back Brandon Jacobs taunted Ryan, saying, "Time to shut up, fat boy!"[27] The two reportedly came close to blows in a tense post game meeting.[28] The Giants win over the Jets helped them to secure the NFC East title and a spot in the playoffs, where they would go on to win Super Bowl XLVI, once again by defeating the New England Patriots.[29] Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes called the win over the Jets the turning point of the season that spurred them onto their Super Bowl run.[30] Despite a Super Bowl that was described as a "lose-lose situation" for the Jets as their cross-town rivals played against their division rivals, Jets owner Woody Johnson congratulated both the Giants and Patriots in a post-game statement.[31]

Full list of results

Date Score Winner Competition Venue
November 1, 1970 22–10 Giants Regular season Shea Stadium
November 10, 1974 26–20 Jets Regular season Yale Bowl
November 1, 1981 26–7 Jets Regular season Giants Stadium
December 2, 1984 20–10 Giants Regular season Meadowlands
December 27, 1987 20–7 Giants Regular season Giants Stadium
December 18, 1988 27–21 Jets Regular season Meadowlands
October 31, 1993 10–6 Jets Regular season Giants Stadium
September 22, 1996 13–6 Giants Regular season Meadowlands
December 5, 1999 41–28 Giants Regular season Giants Stadium
November 2, 2003 31–28 Giants Regular season Meadowlands
October 7, 2007 35–24 Giants Regular season Giants Stadium
December 24, 2011 29–14 Giants Regular season MetLife Stadium

From 1984 to 2010 the Jets were tenants at Giants Stadium but referred to it as "Meadowlands"


  1. ^ Although the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders share the San Francisco Bay Area media market, both have different home stadiums in different cities. And although the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Raiders once played at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, they never played there at the same time.

See also


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