The Jets and Giants both wanted to play the first game at the new Meadowlands Stadium opening in the 2010 season. So the NFL worked out what seems to be a compromise that answers both teams' issues.
The solution: both clubs will be at home on the opening weekend of the season.
Yes, the Giants will officially be the first team to play at home on Sunday, Sept. 12. But the Jets will also be home for the Monday night opener on Sept. 13. The Jets will open the preseason at the new stadium.
The Jets had posted a story on their website Saturday night indicating that a coin toss would determine which team would play at home first. However, the NFL indicated in a press release that the coin toss had actually taken place Friday, and that the Giants had won. The Jets were unhappy that the coin toss wasn't done with representatives from both teams present.
Intensive discussions ensued today, and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced late this afternoon that both teams would be at home on the opening weekend.
Under the NFL's constitution and by-laws, the commissioner is responsible for determining the playing schedule.
"After extensive discussions with both teams, we have come up with what we believe is a unique approach for celebrating the opening of the new Meadowlands Stadium," commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement released by the NFL.
Goodell noted that both the Giants and Jets' ownerships "felt passionately for their fans about being the first to play at home on the opening weekend of the regular season and could not agree on how to resolve the issue, including whether to conduct a coin flip," according to the release.
The commissioner initially had a coin flip last Friday, which the Giants won. Both teams were then informed of the result.
Goodell then concluded that the fairest way to resolve the situation would be for both teams to play at home on the opening weekend. He decided to have a coin flip to decide which team would play on Sunday.
The only time the Giants and Jets opened a regular season on the same weekend at Giants Stadium was in 1991, when the Jets opened against Tampa Bay on Sunday, Sept. 1 and the Giants hosted the 49ers on Monday night, Sept. 2.
The Jets played the final regular season game at Giants Stadium to conclude the 2009 regular season.