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Meadowlands Fumble II- Carolina routs NY Giants 41-9

The last game played by the Giants at Giants Stadium may have been the most embarrassing ever. From AP-

Matt Moore and the Carolina Panthers turned the New York Giants’ farewell to Giants Stadium into one of their ugliest moments in franchise history.

Playing in front of Lawrence Taylor — possibly their greatest player — and knowing they still had a shot at a fifth straight playoff berth, the Giants (8-7) embarrassed themselves against the Panthers, a team with nothing at stake. Moore threw three touchdown passes, Jonathan Stewart rushed for a career-best 209 yards and the Panthers (7-8) shredded New York’s defense with scores on six of their first seven possessions in a 41-9 victory before a disgusted final sellout crowd Sunday.

The Giants’ postseason chances are microscopic.

The Giants would have to win their final game against Minnesota and have Dallas lose their last two. I don’t see that happening.

I grew up on Long Island and lived there till 1976. After moving to Florida, I still visited the New York City frequently. That and having a father who liked his children to sporting events, enabled me to go to most of the major sports stadiums, arenas and racetracks in the area. Other than perhaps Freehold Raceway in New Jersey, Shea Stadium was the ballpark we went to the most often.

Giants Stadium, which opened in 1976, is the only major sports facility open prior to 2009 in the NY/NJ area that I have never been to. Down here in South Florida, I have never been to Dolphins Stadium or the BAC where the Florida Panthers play. I’m seriously thinking of ending the later blackout. There are two upcoming Panther home games that won’t be on television.

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