Giants must win Sunday for a chance to close Giants Stadium
If the Giants lose to the Cowboys Sunday they will be all but eliminated from contention for the NFC East title, which would mean they will not host a playoff game, which would mean their final game at Giants Stadium would be against the Panthers Dec. 27.
But the regular season ends the following Sunday, Jan. 3, meaning the Jets would have the honor of playing the last game in the old ball yard, against the Bengals.
No disrespect to Gang Green, which has called the stadium home for a quarter century, but it just ain't right for the Giants not to close the building named for them, and which has been their home for 34 seasons.
No one associated with the team has complained publicly about this, partly because the Giants still hope to make it a moot point by beating the Cowboys, winning the division and hosting a first-round game.
If that doesn't happen, some fans will be irked at the poetic injustice of it all - when they aren't busy being frustrated by a disappointing season.
Why didn't the NFL give the last game to Big Blue?
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said there was no particular reason the Jets got the final game, adding, "That's the way the schedule played out."
"Traditionally, the opening of a new stadium, rather than the closing of a stadium, has been more of a focus of schedule makers," he said.
That won't help next season, because the teams are co-owners, so neither is more deserving than the other of opening the new building, and they are not scheduled to play each other in the regular season.
Hmm. I'd bet on the Giants getting the honor.