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Giants, Jets Fans Already Talking

There's a lot on the line with Saturday's game.



    NY Football Fans Ready For Christmas Eve Showdown

    The big game between the Giants and Jets is now less than a day away. The Christmas Eve showdown plays a big role in both teams' playoff hopes. For many fans, it's a game they've been waiting for all year. Brian Thompson reports. (Published Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011)

    More than just bragging rights are on the line when the Giants and Jets meet Saturday afternoon at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

    The Christmas Eve game could also determine which of the two teams remains in the hunt for a playoff spot as the NFL season winds down. For more analysis on what's at stake, go here.

    Ask fans about the game, and they will tell you they are psyched.

    "The Jets are going to run them over tomorrow," said Pino Tortorici, a Jets fan from Hackensack, N.J.

    At Redds, a popular sports bar just across a highway interchange from the stadium, most fans appeared to be pulling for the Giants, at least the day before the game.

    When Giants fan Matt De Simone of Hasbrouck Heights was asked to say one nice thing about the Jets, he responded "Can't. I don't like them."

    And Wendy Maldonado, a Giants fan from Clifton, said "I feel sorry for them. I can't even begin to explain them."

    On Stubhub Friday morning, the cheapest tickets were going for $208 each, plus fees.

    Some fans, like Elizabeth Van Etten of Bloomfield, got them weeks ago for $125, face value.

    "I bought them when single game tickets went on sale," Van Etten said.

    Football being football, that is to say fans pick a team for sometimes inexplicable reasons, there are also fans like Kevin Lord of Clifton.

    When asked who he's rooting for in Saturday's big game, he simply replied "Doesn't matter, I'm a Vikings fan -- a long suffering fan."

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