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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Giants-Jets: First meeting took place at Yale Bowl

On the schedule, it was only an exhibition game. But to the members of the New York Jets and New York Giants, it might as well have been the biggest game of the season.

The teams had never played each other in any form when they met before a sellout crowd at the Yale Bowl on Aug. 17, 1969.

Engaged in a decade-long battle for tri-state fans (and their money), the Jets, formed nine years earlier, were still considered interlopers by the long-established Giants, an original NFL franchise, even if the Giants had little respect for either the Jets or the upstart AFL.

But the Jets’ astonishing upset victory over the Colts in Super Bowl III seven months earlier put the Giants’ status as football kings of New York in serious jeopardy. Joe Namath made sure everyone knew what was at stake.

Read Chip Malafronte's complete story.

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