Hey everyone, here with the live blog for tonight's first ever game at the New Meadowlands Stadium. The Jets will host the Giants as both New York teams are opening up their preseason slate. We will have periodic updates both here and T-Rock's Take on the Giants several times per quarter per NFL rules. We will also be providing you with article links periodically throughout the night.
Here are two links today from the two Newsday guys sitting next to me in this pristine yet still subpar pressbox (the audio isn't working). Here is a link to a post Bob Glauber just put up on his Newsday blog, and here is a link to an article two weeks of training camp in the making from Jets beat writer Rod Boone.
UPDATE, 1st Quarter 10:00: The Jets receive the opening kickoff and turn their first possesion in the new stadium into a dud. At the 13:08 mark Mark Sanchez threw an interception to the Giants Antrel Rolle, who returned it for 59 yards all the way inside the Giants 5. On 3rd and 1 at the Jets one, Brandon Jacobs finally reached the endzone for the Giants. Tynes PAT gives the Giants a 7-0 lead.
UPDATE, 1st Quarter 5:00: Well, somebody apparently pulled the fire alarm both for the Jets and here in the New Meadowlands press box. As lights flashed in symmetry around the stadium alerting of a supposed fire, the Jets capped off a near ten minute drive with Sanchez finding Brad Smith for a touchdown to knot up the game at 7 at the 3:08 mark.
UPDATE, 1st Quarter 1:45: Giants send out Matt Dodge to punt after a quick possession, and the rookie has his punt blocked by Eric Smith giving the Jets possession within the Giants 15. Next play, LaDainian Tomlinson ran in for a touchdown, but the TD was called back due to a hold on Rob Turner. The Jets then had to settle for a 36-yard field goal from Nick Folk for a 10-7 lead at the 0:13 mark.
UPDATE, 2nd Quarter 11:40: After a plus-50 yard run by Ahmad Bradshaw, the Giants spoil a touchdown attempt through one of the freakiest preseason plays in recent memory. After a bad exchange between Brandon Jacobs and Eli Manning, Manning was blindsided from behind by Calvin Pace. Pace's brutal hit sent Manning's helmet into the air, and from the front Jim Leonhard's facemask opened up a huge gash on the forehead of Manning. Meanwhile, Manning fumbled the ball and the Giants recovered after both Bart Scott and Mike Devito failed to recover. Lawrence Tynes then hit a field goal to knot up the game once again at 10 all.
Manning departed from the game into the New Meadowlands tunnel for the first time, and the Jets sent out their first team offense again with 10 minutes left, with Sanchez leading them.
UPDATE, 2nd Quarter 3:55: The Jets march down the field with yet another long 10-play drive lasting 6:45. Perhaps the biggest play of the drive was a 21-yard catch wide open over the middle for Braylon Edwards. Jerricho Cotchery also ran a solid return route out of the slot for a first down. Drive capped off after gaining 69 yards with a Folk 22-yarder. He is 2-2 on the day. The Jets retake the lead at 13-10.
At the start of the Giants drive at the 22, The Jets have in their starters on defense against backup Jim Sorgi and the Giants.
UPDATE, Halftime: Should Giants fans have Jim Leonhard or Calvin Pace to thank more for the three-inch head laceration Eli Manning suffered? How about Brandon Jacobs? That's up for debate as Manning will need stitches to repair the gash suffered earlier this half. On the field, Mark Sanchez played until the Jets final dirve in the half -- a great deal longer than the "one quarter plus" Rex Ryan was promising us in Cortland last week. The Giants regained possession with less than a minute left under the leadership of Jim Sorgi, and failed to score.
The Jets lead at halftime 13-10.
UPDATE, 3rd Quarter 10:00: The Jets receive the kickoff to start the half and march down to the 18 with Kellen Clemens under center and rookie Joe McKnight receiving the majority of the hand offs. Folk connects on a 36 yard kick at the 8:41 mark to give the Jets a 16-10 lead. The drive took 11 plays and went 55 yards taking over six minutes.
UPDATE, 3rd Quarter 5:00: Jets once again have the ball and improved their total on the night on third down to 6-10. Clemens is in their once again and is leading the team downfield as Joe McKnight has picked up a few first downs for the Jets. Jets still have a 16-10 lead with the ball at midfield. Here are some quotes from Rex Ryan to keep you guys going till post game:
Ryan on the first half:
"I played the hell out of them. Obviously, the Giants made a great play on defense. Got to the one yard line, took three plays to get int. It was a great play call by Giants coach Tom Coughlin to run it three times in a row. I thought he was going to throw it, so I give him credit to get that score.
"Our guys are playing great. The only thing we have to improve, obviously, we had three penalties in the red zone on offense and that kills a couple of drives. That's the only thing that is really disappointing.
"We had a coverage mistake there, let the back (Ahmad Bradshaw) out on one of those two-yard screens, a little turn around and get beat by the guy. But other than that we are doing good."
UPDATE, 3rd Quarter 1:00: After a 5:00 minute 11 play drive, the Jets spoil it after Nick Folk missed a 46-yarder. The Giants answered back on the next play with a 64-yard bomb from Sorgi to Victor Cruz. The catch over a diving Dwight Lowery gives the Giants a 17-16 lead. That is how the score stands at the end of the third quarter
UPDATE, 4th Quarter 12:00: Victor Cruz and Jim Sorgi connected yet again for the Giants to give the team an eight point lead with 12:27 left in the game. Cruz burned Drew Coleman on the end of a six play 76 yard drive for a 34 yard touchdown reception, his second of the game. Giants lead 24-16 UPDATE, 4th quarter 5:00 Rhett Bomar is leading the Giants downfield as they still have the lead at 24-16.
UPDATE, 4th Quarter Two minute Warning: It appears as if it's all over but the crying for the Jets. With half of the press still here in the press box, and probably about a fifth of the fans still in the stands, the Giants just completed another scoring drive to Victor Cruz on another five-yard pass from Rhett Bomar. It capped another double-digit play drive. To keep you interested, here are quotes from both Calvin Pace and Eli Manning on the story of the night from the laceration suffered by Manning in the first half:
Manning, who was tested and hasn't sufferend a concussion. He was sent home by the teams medical staff:
"I feel fine. I feel normal. The play was my fault. We had a run play with an option to throw a fade that I thought I might try, but Brandon was coming right up the middle. Sometimes, you make a mistake and you get hit in the head. It's preseason. You learn from it. I'll be back as soon as I can. It's really not an injury. Nothing serious. I really feel like I could go back out and play right now if I had to."
Pace: "He just had pressure and I think he bumped into the running back. I came off of the edge. I guess it was pretty good coverage behind me so I had a chance to get there. Bart Scott should have scopped that up."
UPDATE, FINAL: Giants defeat Jets 31- 16 in the first ever game in the New Meadowlands Stadium behind Victor Cruz's three receiving touchdowns.
The Jets Kevin O'Connell led the team down the field and scampered into the endzone on his own for an apparent diving touchdown run. The TD run came at the end of a 10 play drive, but it was called back after the play went under review. Then on third down, O'Connell was called for intentional grounding. On fourth down O'Connell was called for an illegal pass.