NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Jets and Giants will meet for the 13th time on Sunday when the MetLife Stadium co-tenants square off at 1 p.m.
The series dates back to 1970, and the Giants have won eight of the 12 games. Big Blue has won the last five meetings, with the Jets’ last victory over Big Blue coming on Oct. 31, 1993 at Giants Stadium.
Sunday’s game has huge playoff implications. The Jets (6-5) currently own the seventh seed in the AFC standings, and the Giants (5-6) are tied with the Redskins for the NFC East lead, though they are currently on the outside looking in due to the tiebreaker.
But forgetting this season — and the overall series — the Giants are generally regarded as the Jets’ big brother in New York. They have been around longer, have a bigger fan base and have had more success on the field (four Super Bowls to one).
“The Giants pretty much own New York,” legendary Giant Lawrence Taylor told the New York Daily News. “We’ve done more. We’ve got better fans and more fans than the Jets do. We’ve got four Super Bowls behind us. Until they win some Super Bowls, the conversation is over with. Like I said, the conversation is over with.
“…The Jets are playing the Giants. Is there really any doubt who is the better team?”
There certainly is doubt this season. The Giants are coming off a brutal loss to the Redskins and the Jets have one of the best defenses in football.
The Jets haven’t made the playoffs since the 2010 season. The Giants haven’t made it since the 2011 campaign, when they beat the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI.