September 20, 2020

Jets beat Giants for braggin’ rights in ugly game

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New York Jets' Santonio Holmes celebrates his touchdown

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Rex Ryan got a kick out of receiving a bronzed Snoopy trophy for beating the Giants and winning the annual preseason braggin’ rights with their long-time rival.

“That’s awesome,” Ryan said, holding up the trophy after the Jets’ 17-3 win on Monday night at MetLife Stadium. “…I’ll tell you what, that thing looks good. I’m glad we got it.”

The trophy is going to go on Ryan’s desk. The videotape of the game that was delayed two days by Hurricane Irene’s march up the East Coast doesn’t deserve such a prominent spot.

There wasn’t much that either Ryan or Giants counterpart Tom Coughlin could be happy about. The first-team offenses weren’t good. The chippy game featured 16 penalties and the ejections of Giants halfback Brandon Jacobs and Jets defensive end Muhummad Wilkerson for a second-half skirmish. And there were just too many mistakes by both teams with the season less than two weeks away.

Even Plaxico Burress’ first game against the Giants since his release from prison was a dud. No catches and a bad call on the pregame coin toss as the Jets’ sole captain.

The positive was both teams played hard.

 

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