As I listen to the ringing of the bell in the intro of AC/DC’s Hells Bells, I always get goose bumps as it always reminds me of what Giant Stadium/MetLife Stadium is about: noise, passion and energy.
However, with the Giants moving into a newly constructed stadium, that mojo was lost as the Giants have been too passive and underwhelming and lost far too many games at home in the stadium’s two-year existence. Many of those losses have come via the head-scratching variety.
While the Giants opened MetLife Stadium in style disposing of the Carolina Panthers 31-18 on September 12, 2010, it has been one crazy rollercoaster ride of emotion as the Giants have had the propensity to come up empty at the ‘new stadium’.
Does last year’s matchups against the Titans, Cowboys and Eagles (don’t get me started) rattle your core in anger?
And how about the efforts put forth this year?
Look no further than the stinkers the Giants put up when they faced the Seahawks, Eagles and Redskins. Yech!
In 16 true home games since MetLife Stadium opened, the Giants are a measly 9-7. Where is the home field advantage?
With the Giants hosting the first ever playoff game at MetLife stadium vs. the Falcons on Sunday, the stadium is starting to develop an edge, though.
In Sunday night’s backs-against-the-wall game against the Cowboys, the Giants’ fans responded and made their voices heard. Tom Coughlin admitted as much and is imploring the fans to get out and get loud on Sunday.
“We’re very, very fortunate and glad to be playing them at home here,” Coughlin said this week. “Our fans did an outstanding job last week. The 12th man really came through in a big fashion for us and I’m encouraging them to do so again this weekend because it was really very impressive and our players appreciated the effort that the fans put forth. It’s exciting again and we’re looking forward to this.”
The Falcons will be out their element on Sunday, as they are a dome team who will be playing in a cold-weather outdoor setting. It’s up to the Giants' fans to stand united, let their presence be known and make sure the Falcons know they are the road team, not the Giants.
All quotes courtesy of Giants.com
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