When it came to football, there were two New Yorks on Sunday: One ecstatic and one miserable.
The struggling Jets came back to life by upsetting the Steelers 22-17, while Big Blue imploded, squandering a 21-point lead in a 38-31 defeat to the Eagles. The Giants’ collapse devastated fans.
“I’m nauseous,” said Joe Mazzola, 58, of Flushing. “That last play, that shouldn’t have happened.”
Despite to being told to kick to the sidelines as the clock ran out, kicker Matt Dodge punted right to DeSean Jackson, who ran it back 65 yards for a game-ending touchdown.
The blunder had fans fuming on Twitter. “I’m calling for a witchhunt for giants punter Matt Dodge,” tweeted justdizz.
“Today was easily the most painful loss I can remember in the history of the Giants,” Mike Farley wrote on the Big Blue View blog.
The loss knocked the Giants down to second place in the NFC East and put their playoff hopes in jeopardy.
Backers of Gang Green had a more triumphant day, when Mark Sanchez and the Jets held on in the snow in Pittsburgh to end a two-game losing streak that was dampening fans’ spirits.
“This is a beautiful thing. It’s been a rough ride,” said fan Selena Mora, 36, of Staten Island. Carlos Lozada, 36, of Mount Vernon, Sunday guaranteed his Jets will make it to the postseason.
Matt Loede, of sportsgabnetwork.com, said both New York games came down to the final moments.
“The Jets played a whale of a game. They played well in the final 30, 40 seconds of the game,” Loede said. The Giants, on the other hand, “had that game so under control, and then they absolutely folded. It was heart wrenching.”
Theresa Juva, Emma Diab and Robert Levin contributed to this story.