EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — After the big parade in New York City, the New York Giants celebrated New Jersey style!

PHOTOS: Party At MetLife Stadium

As soon as the gates opened the crowd poured into MetLife Stadium to get a glimpse of their Super Bowl heroes.

An estimated 35,000 to 40,000 fans gathered at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford for a Super Bowl party honoring the Giants hours after the team celebrated their victory at a ticker-tape parade in NYC’s Canyon of Heroes.

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The atmosphere at the stadium in East Rutherford was reminiscent of a football Sunday as many tailgaters filled all corners of the parking lot. Many fans who attended the parade in NYC also made their way to New Jersey to welcome the Giants.

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“We truly have the greatest fans in the world,” said Giants head coach Tom Coughlin.

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Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin. (credit: CBS 2)

Hip-hop group “Naughty By Nature” was also on hand to perform a remix of “O.P.P.,” asking fans if they were “Down with N-Y-G.”

“A packed house” greeted the team in the Garden State and fans roared in “thunderous applause” for DE Justin Tuck as he hoisted the Lombardi trophy, 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck reported.

Giants DE Justin Tuck (credit: CBS 2)

“It was just another team effort,” Tuck told WFAN’s Mike Francesa on Monday. “We were so focused.”

Gov. Chris Christie was on hand to congratulate the team for Sunday’s 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots.

Christie kept his promise and reserved seats for a 10-year-old from Bridgewater and his family.

“If the Giants win the Super Bowl, is the parade going to be in New Jersey,”  10-year-old Adam Bernstein asked Christie at a recent town hall meeting.

“Adam let me tell you something, the Giants are going to win and when they beat the Patriots and they come home, you know where they’re coming home to — New Jersey,” Christie responded. “Their training is in New Jersey, their stadium is in New Jersey. The only thing NY about the Giants is the helmets. So I’m going to tell Mr. Mara and Mr. Tisch that if they really want to be loyal to where their real fans are, the rally to celebrate the Giants Super Bowl victory will be at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey and I’ll be there to host them.”

Christie then offered the boy to be his guest at the Meadowlands celebration.

The MetLife celebration ended with the playing of Queen’s “We Are The Champions.”

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Comments (11)
  1. Sam says:

    I attended both the parade and the rally with my two children. The parade was not pleasant! Too many rowdy people, pushing and shoving, standing in the cold waiting to get a glimpse of the players as they pass by on their floats. I should’ve known better since we attended the Yankees Victory Parade…no different! My kids couldn’t see a thing! They both preferred the rally, as did I!
    It was a more structured environment with an intimate feel. We enjoyed the true introduction of each player. It felt like home!

  2. Tim says:

    Patty, It is simple, you are disgruntled because your team lost…. Some FANS call out Tom Being Eli’s bitch and it makes the team bad? Maybe your the one who should go to other pages than sit here and drop a line of crap…. As for the location of the stadium, they didn’t always play in NJ, they were originally in NY.

    1. Sam says:

      They’ve been in NJ since 1976…NY didn’t want them anymore! Do you remember ,because I do! Anyway, NY/NJ…it’s all the same! Don’t we have 9 NY sports teams? And in that are included the Nets & Devils? NY Metro Area

  3. Vik says:

    This coming from a resident of New jersey — the state that houses drunks every weekend during the year and wait — didnb’t some Jersey drunks get so smashed they couldn’t find their own cars in the stadium parking lot?! Yeah, that’s class alright. Wait — didn’t your state raise a politician servicing prostitute? And let’s not forget that if it wasn’t for NYS residents coming into Jersey to see the giants and spend our money at the stadium and everywhere else, YOU ALL WOULDN’T HAVE AN ECONOMY!!! So cry a river in Seaside Heights.

    1. Sam says:

      I’m a life long resident of LI and I must disagree with you! Know your facts before you start insulting people as you sound very uneducated and ignorant! Actually, NJ has the highest household incomes in the tri-state area making it a wealthier state as a whole. In fact, most of my childhood friends have relocated to various parts of the beautiful Garden State for better schools and quality of life! You would appreciate it if you visited places beyond the stadium as NJ has much to offer. And let’s not discuss “drunks” as Nassau county is the leader in DWI and DUI! Nassau is an overall mess! We refer to it as the 6th borough! It’s such a pleasure to visit less conjested NJ…I hope to move there some day! Go Giants! NY/NJ who cares? They represent both states and let’s not forget Connecticut! 🙂

  4. Patty says:

    I like to say, how sad, for children, today, and how low can the giants go, when they have to yell, @ their opponents, wife, and then today for players of the giants to insult their opponents, by calling them the “Brady Bunch,” etc, to me just shows, what the players, managers, owners, and the people of New York, truly are, and all the more, why I am glad, not to live or be a New York fan, they have no class, just a bunch of big mouths, I guess they don’t know about winning with grace.

    1. Christie: the Governor that ate NJ says:

      The person that didn’t show she had any class is your QB’s wife blaming his teammates for her husbands failure to win the SB…talk about a sore loser!

  5. dawn says:

    congrats to the giants the new york giants!!!!! if governer Christie wants a football team then they should create one.. its a copout to say that new jersey fans are better than new york fans and that the only thing that makes them a new york team is the helmet. We pay for that stadium and the taxes that are involved.. For such a large state maybe they should have their own team but lets face it everybody in the nation knows them as “THE NEW YORK GIANTS” not the new jersey giants… But she could always have the jets… THE NEW JERSEY JETS sounds better anyway!!!!

    1. Patty says:

      U are the type of person, that gives decent people bad names, it is disgusting, that the fans and teams, cannot show grace in their hour of winning. New Jersey is better off with out the Giants, maybe the Giants should move back to New York, where they belong, and stay there?? To even say mean spirited things, to look good, today, shows what they are, big mouths, and that is all they will ever be.
      Sad, too, they could be decent but they just have to use their mouths, in a wrong way, on Mrs. Brady, on calling the Patriots the Brady Bunch, based on the show, that is not a fun comment, but shows why New Jersey should kick them back to where they belong, New york,

    2. Christie: the Governor that ate NJ says:

      The only reason they are called the NY Giants is because they are incorporated in NY…nothing else. They play & live in NEW JERSEY!

      As to paying taxes, if you live in NJ, then yes you pay the taxes that built the 2 stadiums, if not, then you gave nothing!

      1. Sam says:

        Well said;)

        I’m embarrassed to say that I’m from NY after reading all of the ignorant New Yorker comments…it is clear that NJ truly has the better schools! 😉

        Here’s some food for thought…if NY is so wonderful, then why do the athletes choose to live in NJ? The stadium is very close to NY, but they choose NJ…smart guys! And don’t froget Coughlin…also a NJ resident! Just sayin’!

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