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Big Blue Opener: Jets Get Their Wish, but Giants Get Their Way

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 13:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants reacts during the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Giants Stadium on December 13, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Kyle McMorrowCorrespondent IMarch 15, 2010

The New York Giants will host the first game in the new Meadowlands Stadium this fall, after a coin toss was used to determine which New York team would get the nod.

After rumors swirled that the New York Giants had already been scheduled to break in the new stadium, the New York Jets suggested openly that a coin toss be used to determine the opening game.

New York Jets owner Woody Johnson was a full supporter of this notion, and he possibly tried to use the media to sway NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell into conducting a coin toss.

Before today, there was no indication the league acknowledged such a possibility—and because the schedules are not released until April, only rumors echoed in the Giants favor.

In the end, the Jets got their wish and received a coin toss to determine the first game at the new Meadowlands.

The only problem for Gang Green was that they fell on the opposite side of the coin.

The Giants, who have remained relatively quiet to the public on the issue, will host the first regular season game Sept. 12; however, the opponent will not be known until next month.

While the Jets may be a victim of their own poison, they will, in fact, host the first preseason game in the new stadium in August—as well as play host to the first Monday night game on Sept. 13.





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