EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — MetLife stadium became an extension of the Linc on Sunday, as the moribund Giants left a lot of empty seats for Eagles fans to make the time-honored trek up the Turnpike.
This time, it seems, the loud noise from Eagles fans may have cost the Giants the game — at least according to Giants quarterback Eli Manning.
The Giants were penalized at a key moment late in Sunday's game, as right tackle Bobby Hart was called for a false start that pushed the Giants back five yards from their 4th and Goal position. The drive ended as they turned the ball over on downs. The Eagles won 34-29.
"I guess when you've only won two games there's a lot of Eagles fans, and they were loud and we couldn't hear the cadence," Manning said, asked about the Eagles crowd noise. "That's why we jumped offsides."
Whatever cadence he was referring to, chances are it wasn't E-A-G-L-E-S.
"I don't blame our fans, that's the way this season has turned out," Manning said. "We didn't do our part."
The New York Post also gave it to the New York fans — giving Eagles fans credit for "completely taking over" the home stadium from the Giants.
"Where are our fans?" the Post asked, pathetically. (Focused for now on the Knicks, maybe, who at least are showing signs of life, unlike the 2-12 Giants.)
NJ.com reported from the Meadowlands that "there were more scalpers than usual Sunday morning on the service road off Route 3 East leading into the stadium complex — a sign a robust secondary market demand was expected as disgusted and disinterested Giants fans looked to dump their tickets."