Next up: Broncos at Giants, Week 2.
The Manning Bowl was a mismatch. Eli threw his sixth interception of the season in the fourth quarter of Week 2. (Peyton has thrown 10 interceptions all season). One Giants fan, sitting in Section 214, sat through the game shirtless. (That won’t happen on Super Bowl Sunday, unless he’s mad.) Many Giants fans hit the exits with 10:13 left in regulation. (The Giants had four turnovers and were overwhelmed.)
Most important, the Broncos got a sneak preview of the stadium that will host Super Bowl XLVIII. As Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie left the field, he told me fans let him know they would see his team in February. Turns out, the East Coasters were right on.
The date: Sept. 15.
The game: Broncos 41, Giants 23.
The site: MetLife Stadium.
The photos: 1. MetLife Stadium 2. Field view from MetLife Stadium. 3. Press-box view from MetLife Stadium 4. My cabbie got a flat tire on the way to MetLife Stadium 5. A personal-favorite neighborhood in Manhattan 6. Peyton Manning threw for 307 yards and two touchdowns in his first game at MetLife.
The notable: Bill Parcells, whose Giants beat the Broncos in Super Bowl XXI, was honored at halftime. And MetLife Stadium boasts a powerful sound system, the loudest I’ve heard in a football arena. Bruno Mars should dig that.