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NFL announces preseason matchups

Giants wide receiver David Tyree makes one of

Giants wide receiver David Tyree makes one of the most memorable catches in Super Bowl history, outfighting Patriots safety Rodney Harrison and pinning the ball against his helmet during Super Bowl XLII on Feb. 3, 2008. Photo Credit: AP

I’ve been busy covering baseball for the last few days, the biggest challenge of which is trying to remember to call it a “clubhouse” and not a “locker room.” But I wanted to catch you up on the preseason schedule which was released yesterday.

Of course, if there’s no season, there’ll be no preseason. So we’ll keep a good eye on that as we trot through the U.S. legal system. But as of now, the Giants have two home games and two road games in August. Three of them are against 2010 playoff teams, two of them are against 2011 regular-season opponents, and only one of them has a firm* date and time.

(* the term “firm” meaning either optimistic of gleefully blind to circumstances)

Anyway, here’s the schedule:

The Giants open up at Carolina, the debut of head coach Ron Rivera (and maybe Cam Newton?) sometime between Aug. 11 and 15. Then they host the Bears in a Monday night game on ESPN on Aug. 22. The following week they host the Jets in a local matchup that returns to its usual third preseason game slot after being played last year as the opener. That game will be played sometime between Aug. 25 and 29. And then the Giants finish up the preseason as they have for the last several years, with a game against the Patriots. That game will likely be played on Sept. 1, the Thursday before prep for Week 1 of the regular season begins.



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