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Giants host MNF again - finally

Hello again! Two days in a row of blogging for me. I'm back, baby!

Speaking of being back, here's a bit of strange-but-true trivia: Monday night's Rams-Giants tilt will be the Giants' first regular-season "Monday Night Football" game at home since ESPN inherited the show from ABC after the 2005 season.

Technically, it will be the first Giants home game on MNF since Sept. 15, 2003, a brutal 35-32 overtime loss to the Cowboys that gave Bill Parcells his first victory coaching the Pokes.

The Cowboys blew a 15-point lead and appeared on the verge of a loss when Matt Bryant kicked a field goal with 11 seconds left to give the Giants a 32-29 lead.

(If that score had held, no one would have been talking Sunday night about the Cowboys' loss to the Jets being the first time in franchise history that Dallas lost after leading by 14 or more in the fourth quarter.)

But wait: Bryant kicked the ensuing kickoff out of bounds, the Cowboys completed one quick pass from their 40, and suddently Billy Cundiff was tying it with a 52-yard field goal as time expired.

Cundiff's seventh field goal of the night won it in overtime.

Wow! Giants coach Jim Fassel was so steamed over the harsh coverage that followed that he uncharacteristically gave writers the cold shoulder for a while.

The ill will didn't dissipate until several beat writers met with him to try to smooth things over.

Good times.

Actually, there has been a Giants game at "home" since then, when the game against the Saints was moved to Giants Stadium on Sept. 19, 2005.

The Saints had been displaced by Hurricane Katrina and technically were the home team that night. The Saints were mighty displeased with the arrangement, as were the Giants' NFC East rivals, who didn't think it was right for Big Blue to play nine games at home that season.

Tags: ESPN , ABC , Giants

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