The Giants will celebrate their 90th NFL season Sunday, appropriately facing one of the handful of teams older than they are in the Cardinals.
Festivities will include the Giants taking the field through a gantlet of 90 season-ticket holders, Frank Gifford serving as honorary captain, and a video tribute to the team's history at halftime. The Giants also will honor 90-year-old lifelong fan Louis Lofrese.
Other anniversaries will be recognized before and during the game. The Giants, as well as the other 31 NFL teams, will recognize the 200th anniversary of Francis Scott Key's writing of "The Star-Spangled Banner," which will be performed by the West Point Band, and a full-field American flag will be unfurled by season-ticket holders and members of the FDNY, NYPD and Port Authority Police departments. There also will be a moment of silence in a tribute to 9/11 victims.
This will be the 125th meeting between the Giants and the Cardinals, the longest continuously-operated professional football team in the United States (established in 1898 as Chicago's Morgan Athletic Club) and a charter member of the NFL in 1920 as the Chicago Cardinals.