FOXBORO, Mass. — While the events of Feb. 3, 2008, remain the low point of many Patriots' fans lives, it remains the greatest moment for Giants fans. That was clearly evident early Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium, where fans sporting Giants jerseys were everywhere.
The range of the Giants' jerseys covered several eras. There were several old-school Lawrence Taylor jerseys, a Hall of Famer and former player under defensive coordinator Bill Belichick in the '80s. There were also some poor saps stuck with the Tiki Barber jerseys that they probably got as birthday presents from their grandparents in 2004 and feel too bad to throw them away.
The most popular jerseys were those of the Super Bowl champions from the 2007 season, including Eli Manning, Osi Umenyiora, Brandon Jacobs and Justin Tuck.
While Giants fans were visible in droves on Sunday, they interestingly didn't nearly match the number of Cowboys fans who infiltrated Gillette Stadium in Week 6.
In addition to the Giants fans who made a trip up from the Tri-State Area, there are also likely some leftover allegiances from families who never hopped on the Patriots bandwagon. Before the Patriots franchise existed, New Englanders had to root for the Giants, as they were the closest NFL team to Boston. They even have their own group called the Giants Fan Club of New England. While those families may be only slightly more common than leftover Boston Braves fans, you do find them from time to time.
It's the Giants' first trip to New England in the regular season since October 2003, when the Patriots won 17-6 and Kerry Collins threw four interceptions. There were zero Collins jerseys at Gillette Stadium on Sunday.